FOUR DECADES OF MEMORIES: The 1979 St Brigid’s Secondary School studens held their 40th school reunion celebrations at the International Hotel on Friday last. Front row: Mary G O’Sullivan, Ann MacMonagle, Abina Cremin, Irene O’Leary, Breda Murrell. Middle row: Sheila Fogarty, Breda Sugrue, Teresa Ashe and Mary Crowley. Back row from left are: Eileen Foley, Marion O’Halloran, Kay Murphy, Marie Murphy, Margaret Fitzgerald, Kathleen O’Brien, Martina Riordan, Kathleen O’Connor and Sheila Riordan. Photo: Eamonn Keogh

By Sean Moriarty

They came from as far away as Boston to celebrate 40 years since they completed the Leaving Certificate at St Brigid’s Secondary School.

Four classes of 1979 were reunited at the International Hotel on Saturday night.

The gathering was organised by Ann McMongale-Mangan who works in the HR department of the well-known town centre hotel.

The group meet as often as they can – this was their fifth official reunion since they left school – but it was extra special this time around as they were celebrating the four decades since they walked through the school gates for the final times.

Abina Cremin O’Sullivan came home from Boston to be with her former classmates.

“It was extra special this year,” organiser Ann told the Killarney Advertiser. “We created a Facebook group a few years ago and it makes it very easy to stay in touch. The hotel really pulled out all the stops as it was our 40th anniversary.”

The evening started with a meal in Hannigan’s Restaurant before the group enjoyed a sing-song in the bar afterwards.

“Not everyone could make the meal,” added Ann. “There was great craic in the bar afterwards. Martina Riordan’s daughter Rachel was playing a gig elsewhere in town and came afterwards to entertain us with her guitar.”