Castlecomer Community School celebrates 30th birthday

Great turnout expected at the reunion at The Springhill Hotel

Mary Cody

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Castlecomer Community School celebrates 30th birthday

Former students of Castlecomer Community School

Generations of secondary school students will gather at The Springhill Hotel this Saturday November 11)  to celebrate the 30th year of Castlecomer Community School.
For over 150 years there has been secondary education in Castlecomer. The Presentation Order moved here in 1885.
In the 1950’s the Vocation School was established in the town. In the 1980s it was suggested that the two schools merge, which they did to form Castlecomer Community School.
The school was in two separate buildings until the community school building was completed in 1988. The community school was opened by Mary O’Rourke T.D. and Minister for Education in 1990 and its first Principal was Mr. Michael Hester.
Since then Mr. Hester has been succeeded by Maurice Johnson, Máire Ni Bhroithe and Séamus O'Connor. Castlecomer boasted first large scale co-ed Community School in County Kilkenny.
Being a Community School and being co-ed it offers a wide range of subjects and options from Home Economics to Metalwork, Music to Tech. Graphics and from Ag. Science to Physics.
It has offered Adult Education courses since 1970
The current enrolment at the school is 574 students and 50 teachers. Castlecomer Community School is renowned for its excellent academic results and wide range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including, hurling, camogie, ladies football, football, basketball, athletics, handball, choir, jazz band, trad band, ‘Young Scientist’, “Young Entrepreneur’, Young Social Innovators, Gaisce, school plays, school musicals, school trips.
Since 2011 the school is undergoing a major re-construction of its sporting facilities including: building two new pitches, new flood lighting, new gym and dressing rooms and is the only school in Kilkenny with its own running track.
“We have a lot to be proud of in our 1st 30 years and are looking forward to the next 30,” said Principal, Seamus O'Connor. Music by “The Works”.

Tickets €25 are available from the school or local outlets.