Excitement is building at the Presentation Secondary School as students, staff and parents make their final preparations for their upcoming visit to Dublin to help host Pope Francis.
A special meeting will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at the school where the 80 students will be briefed on the schedule for the Papal visit which takes place this weekend.
The group have all been garda vetted and have already had in service training for the event in preparation for the historic event.
They will travel to Dublin early on Saturday and stay in one of their sister schools, Coláiste Bhríde in Clondalkin.
Principal Shane Hallahan said that the group will have a prayer service at the school on Saturday before attending the visitor centre in the Phoenix Park for further training later in the day.
The group consists of senior students and includes 15 students who have completed the Leaving Cert and have returned to be part of the Papal celebrations.
“We are delighted that a number of our Leaving Cert students are taking part. A lot of time and effort has been put into this and we are all very much looking forward to the Mass on Sunday. We have been bowled over by the enthusiasm of the girls ,” said Mr Hallahan who added that the group is one of the largest school contingent attending the Mass.
The students will act as volunteers, directing and helping the crowds, which is expected to be in the region of 500,000. The school's music teacher, Patrice O’Connor has been selected to perform for the Pope at the Phoenix Park. Head girl, Aoife Ward said that she was very happy to be participating.
“It is part of history,” she said.
Meanwhile Kilkenny choir, Arís, which comprises of former Presentation students will also sing for the Pope, under the direction of Veronica McCarron.
“We’re very honoured to be singing for His Holiness,” said Ms McCarron.
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