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St. Fiacc's School National School


National School c.1927
Published in the Nationalist July 1982

Graiguecullen St. Fiac's school boys National School c.1936
Front row: Christy Callinan, Eamon Redmond, John Redmond, ______? Walter Walsh, Master Nevin, Tom Mcdonald Graiguecullen or Carlow?
Middle row: John Modelty, Mick Murphy, Master Scully, Michael Kennessy, John Canilan, Master Callinan.
Back row: Dan Butler,  Bounchy Neill, Big Drum Byrne,  Dinny Hayden, Michael Foley, Master Geoghegan, Master Scully,  Master Geoghegan.
Source: Anna Nolan Gough Graiguecullen (Facebook)

St Fiacc's National School Graiguecullen which was opened in 1941
Source: Esther Maher Butcher Facebook

Blast from the past… Graiguecullen NS 1948
Back row:Paddy O’Neill,  Sean Hurley, Tommy Walker, Gerry Nash, Joe Kavanagh, Michael Lacey, Principal Sean O’Leary.
Middle row: Paddy Keating, Bernie O’Shea, Joe Callinan, Liam McCartney, Eamond Redmond, Michael Dowling, Paddy Donohue, Michael Farrell, Eamon Brennan, Paddy Brennan, Michael Corcoran, Peter Begley, Ollie Brennan, Patsy Kelly.
Probably published in the Nationalist
Source: Anna Nolan Gough‎ (Facebook)
 St Fiacc's School First Communion Day 1965.
The photo was taken on Staunton Ave, between Timpsons and Brennans (it looks like) by Noel Alcock.  And it is St Fiacc's School First Communion Day. It has all the kids from Staunton Ave, St. Clare's Rd and maybe some from Pacelli Ave.

Source: Michael Lyons (Facebook)

Graigue BNS Confirmation Day 16th May 1966.
In this photo: Seamus O'Brien, Sheamus O'Brien, Paddy Barcoe, Gerry Moore, Fiacc O'Rourke, Pat Wybrant, Joe Egerton, Ger Dillon, Joe Egerton (photos), Pat Foley, John Murphy, Dick Ryan, Oliver Byrne, Lemmy Fleming, Michael Lyons, John Alcock, Jim Lawlor, Liam Bolger, Tom Coogan, Liam Delaney, Sean O'Leary, Pat Shaw, Mick Byrne, Gerry Regan, Edward Ryan ?, J.J.Byrne, Tom Dillon, Fr Byrne, Ollie Hand, Larry Dowling, Joe Brennan, Ollie Kenna, Seamus Scully, Liam Dowling, Pat Whelan, John Doyle, Pat Haughney, Joe Brealy, Vincent Murphy, Michael O'Neill, Mick Corcoran, Peter Moore, Pat Scully, John Wybrant, Tom Byrne, Michael Haughney, Michael Whelan, Maurice Nolan, Des Hurley, John Corcoran

Source: Michael Lyons Facebook

A small group of boys and girls in Graiguecullen. No date given.
In this photo: Front Row: John Acock, ........?  Mark Wynne, Patricia Hurley, Ellen Lyons, Catherine Lyons.
Back Row: Robert Wynne, Ellen O'Neill, Martina Scully (Church st ), Geraldine Wynne Bradley, Bob Wynne,
Sent in by Alan McGrath (Facebook)

Graigue N.S. Communion 1973
Back row: Anna Lawlor, Liz Doyle, Niall O'Brien, Catherine Lyons, Not in this photo: Lesley Hutton.
Middle row: Michael Hennesey, Thomas Harte, Martin Slattery, Sarah Bolton.
Front row: Philip Moran, Miley Power, James Ryan, Brendan Price?, Fr Sean Kelly.

 Source: Martin Slattery (Facebook)

Graiguecullen school around 1973
Front row: Maria Egerton, Ann Scully, Josephine Shaw, Marie O'Neill, Madeline Coogan, Patricia Wynne, Catherine Alcock, Margaret Lawlor.
Back row: Margaret Kelly, Tina Price, Mary Clare O' Brien, Hannah Hayden, Mary Clare Walsh, Geraldine Byrne, Martina Moran, Colette O'Rourke??, Cora Grant.

Source: Willie Murphy (Facebook)

Graigue N.S. ‎8th June, 1974
Front row: Frank Feeney, Paddy Hutton, Michael Lawler, Kenneth Moore, Liam Egerton, Paul Egerton, Bobby Dillon.
Middle row: Ned Hayden, Philip Bolger, Michael Haughney, John Duggan, Paul Keating.
Back row: Eugene O' Rourke, Eddie Doyle, Jim Grant, Paul Scully.

Sourse: Willie Murphy with thanks to Paul Egerton for this photo (Facebook).

Graiguecullen 1974 girls
Colette Foley now Callinan, Jenny Byrne - now in Australia, Rosie Dooley - now Collins, Ingrid Haughney - from the buses!, Anna Nolan - was El-Madani now Gough.
Source: Anna Nolan Gough Graiguecullen (Facebook)

St. Fiacc's national school, Girls class  c.1975
At the front is Caroline Kelly.
Front row: Anne Fitzpatrick, Margarite Byrne, Giselle O'Shea (holding cup), Sally Doran, Treacy Dowling.
2nd row: Ursula Bradley, ?? Scully, Edwina Price, Julia White, ___? ___? Patricia Nolan, Laeticia McGee (Nee Egerton).
3rd row: Helen Ryan, Geraldine Callinan, Not named,
Back row: Pauline Hayden, ?? Ryan, Marie Doyle, Margaret O'Sullivan, Mary Scully.
Source: Anna Nolan Gough Graiguecullen (Facebook)

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First Communion Graiguecullen 1976
Source: Alison McLoughlin Miley
Back: Joan English Mary Claire Lawler Margaret Mary Nolan Rosemary Boyd Elizabeth Haughney Margaret Hand Gillian Norris Ber McDonald Elaine Grant
Middle Suzanne Mcsweeney Frances D Janet Fitzpatrick Carol Lacey T Murphy Clodagh O’Shea Niamh Obrien Catherine Ramsbottom T Doogue Claire Doogue
Front Sarah Slattery Linda Whelan Angela Lyons Caroline Shannon Alison McLoughlin Claire Hutton Mary Nolan Ann Doran

Carlow Schools Drama Festival Graiguecullen 1976
Carlow Schools Drama Festival Graiguecullen had the best play in the Carlow Schools Drama Festival last weekend and are pictured here- with the Gael Linn Shield. Principals (foreground),
(I to r)—Gizelle O'Shea, Martina Dowling, Caroline Devereux, Majella Dempsey and Ursula Bradley. The play adapted from "1st Confession" by Frank O'Connor has been nominated to the provincial finals at the end of March.
This item appeared on the front page of The Nationalist and Leinster Times Friday March 12th 1976

 Source: Michael Purcell

Graiguecullen Children in Drama Final

A Budding Group of Graiguecullen schoolgirls have shown their talent for drama by reaching the final of the All Ireland Schools Drama Festival, Feile Scoil Dramaiochta.

The 39 girls who are all about nine years of age are in third and fourth class of the local National School and this is the second year running they have reached the final.

Their teacher, Mrs. Aine Hegarty took Brendan Behan’s short story, ‘The Confirmation Suit’, translated it to Irish and especially adapted it for the competition.

The half hour play has taken the group successfully through all the preliminary rounds.  Although the basis of the story remains unchanged, Mrs. Hegarty had to write in a conversation piece.

The girls completed in the first round in Mew Ross and were nominated to the provincial final in Kilkenny last Friday. Again they were successful and received the important nomination to compete in their own category in the final at the Player-Wills Theatre, Dublin in April.

The Festival is for national, secondary, vocational schools etc. and three years ago, the Graiguecullen school won, for the first time the All-Ireland final. Here again, Mrs. Hegarty, adapted a short story ‘Jany Mary’.

Mrs. Hegarty, a native of Cork, has been teaching in school for the past four years and commented that local curate, Fr. Sean Kelly gives her great help with the children. “I do the spade work and he adds the sparkle”, she said.

Graiguecullen is the only school from the Carlow area in this year’s festival. In previous years, schools from Carlow have taken part and preliminary rounds were held in the county.

The children’s success in reaching this year’s final was remarked upon at a meeting of Carlow Urban Council on Tuesday night.  Councillor John Alcock proposed a vote of congratulations to the school. The achievement was a great credit to them. He recommended the other members to see the play. His vote was seconded by Cllr. Jim Nolan.

Originally printed in the Nationalist on March 25th 1977. page 20.


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