The release of a sea of silver helium balloons at a special ceremony will mark the end of a remarkable primary school education for a set of P7 pupils.
The heart-felt ceremony at St Mary’s Primary School is a final farewell for a class which includes the Loughran quintuplets.
Their teacher Damien McAnespie said it will be sad to say goodbye to Caitlin, Alanna, Aine, Aaron and Conan, as well as the rest of the pupils, who have been part of the ‘greater Cabra family’ for the past seven years.
“It has been a unique experience teaching them”, he said, “and one I’ll not have again. It has been amazing to see an entire family in one class, looking out for each other, and developing their own personalities, interests as well as different circles of friends.
“They are very caring, well-mannered children, and are a great credit to their parents Noel and Rhonda.
“I can only imagine what it must have been like helping them with their homework and getting them ready in the morning.
“They always did everything perfectly, and are very confident pupils. In the last few years, they’ve grown more aware of how unique they are, but in spite of the cameras and extra media attention they’re very level-headed and grounded.
“It will be sad to say goodbye to them, but it has been a great experience witnessing all their milestones.”
Only the 12th set of natural quins born worldwide since records began, the Loughrans have achieved celebrity status since the moment they first entered the world in November 2002,
For the past year, film cameras have been rolling in the school, charting the major events of the quintuplets’ final year.