The Brantry’s Derrylatinee St Francis Primary School will mark the culmination of a year long jubilee celebration with a special Mass at St Patrick’s Church in Eglish on Friday evening, May 29th.
The Mass, beginning at 7:30pm, will be followed by a reception in the nearby Parochial Hall during which a book marking the school’s 75th anniversary will be launched.
Described as “Gold Standard” the book not only contains a series of interviews with Derrylatinee pupils in every decade from the 1930s to the present, but provides a wealth of contemporary and historical information.
Articles in the book trace the origins of education in the Brantry right back to the Franciscans who had a significant presence in the area during the turbulent years of the 1600s.
Mention is also made of the famous Friar O’Mallon’s Journal and its importance for literacy and learning among the people.Modern technology is used to great effect in collecting data from the generations of roll-books. The book also contains some remarkable photographs dating back to the early 1920s. There’s something for everyone in the book and Cairde Doire Leacht an Aoidhe/ The Friends of Derrylatinee are urging all past pupils, their families and friends to come along to the event and share in what promises to be a memorable evening.