Layout 1Last Sunday was a very special day for our school. Students, staff and Loreto Sisters from present and past were joined by friends of Loreto, our local community and many supporters from the world of education to celebrate the launch of a book telling the history of the school to date. The celebrations started with a Blessing of the grave by Chaplain Fr Kevin Fay. There was Mass in the gym concelebrated by Bishop Leo and many of the priests who have worked with us in Loreto over the years. Our school choir and Trad group provided the hymns and music, and the readings, processions and communion were all shared by students, staff and our wider community. After Mass our Principal Angela McGarvey and Head Prefect Eimear Connolly opened the book launch ceremony, and introduced Keynote Speaker Sister Ríonach Donlon IBVM, herself a past pupil of the school. Sister Ríonach spoke of her schooldays here in the 50s, and reminded everyone of the story of the school as outlined in the book. She then presented the first three copies of the book to Bishop Leo, to recently retired RE teacher Bríd Cahill, and to the youngest student present, Orla Condé. We moved then from the gym to the Concert Hall for refreshments (thank you Alan McHugh and team!) and entertainment from our Trad group. It was a lovely afternoon, people connected with those they had not seen for a long time. Our senior student hosts brought visitors on a tour of the school, although some past pupils with sharp memories needed no guides! The book itself was on sale, eagerly snapped up and perused by all; no doubt it will provide hours of nostalgia for any reader with a connection to Loreto College Cavan.
Some pictures to give a flavour of the day…

choir-prepWaiting in the choir for the gym to fill up!

Cooke-McCannMonsignor Michael Cooke, one of our first Chaplains with Mr Brendan McCann, first lay Principal of Loreto Cavan

angela-gymPrincipal Angela McGarvey welcomes everyone to the book launch ceremony

gym-eimear-welcomeLeft: Eimear Connolly, Head Prefect, addresses the audience

ríonach-orlacondéBelow: Sister Ríonach Donlon presents a copy of the book to the youngest student present, Orla Condé

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Students getting a first look for the “oldies” in the pictures!
carmel-book
Teacher Carmel Gaffney finds her past catching up with her!
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Catching up on old memories over refreshments in the Concert Hall
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Entertainment by our school Trad group


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