Wednesday 28 September 2016

Back to School: Independent.ie readers share their photos and memories of returning to school

Published 27/08/2015 | 09:11

Laura McDermott (5) with her little sister Karen on her first day at school thirty years ago
Laura McDermott (5) with her little sister Karen on her first day at school thirty years ago
Evan (3) started pre school yesterday in the Treehouse Rathcormac Co Cork
Poppy Smith and Bobbie Jo Keddy from Sandyford
Sophie (6) and Emily Murphy (4) on her first day at school
Isadora, Leonardo & Lara meeting up on their first day of school at St. Patricks,Donabate.
Olivia Ryan is still smiling, sort of, after braving her 1st day of school in St Marys Dublin 3.
Eli Feerick heading off for his first day at St Aidan's National School, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo with his sister Amelie
Olivia, on her first day attending Tullyallen NS, Co Louth school last Thur 27th of August. Photo sent in by her mum Susan
Kyra-Jane pictured on her first day of junior infants, senior infants, first class and second class. Photo sent in by her mum Jackie Maguire
Alexandra Collins, 7 heading to 1st class St Brigid's NS, Castleknock and James Collins, 3 back to school at John Johnson's Montessori, Castleknock
Cómhal (5) on his first day of school in 2014 accompanied by his older brother Ódhran
Caoimhe (7), Cillian and Cormac (5) head off on their first day of school Sent in by Karen Dinan.
Sophie and Luke Maher going to St Mochtas, Clonsilla.
Dara (10) and Sam (6), on their first day back to St.Malachys BNS, Edenmore.
Elijah Vial (left) and Ryan Howlett (right) both aged 4...best friends started school together..in st Ultans school in cherryorchard - Sent in by Ann-Marie Farrell
Lauren Courtney (5) & Cian Maguire (4) both from Clondalkin enjoying their 1st day at School in Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain,Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tom Geoghegan helping his sister Annabelle on her first day at school at St Louis Infant School, Rathmines
An old photo of Denis Keane heading to school back in the day!
"Well our Jack has started. Proud day. Few years since my 1st day" Sent in by proud Dad Mike Ryan as his son Jack starts first day at school in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo.
Cian Whelan (4) before his first day at St Clare's National School in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan
Gabrielle Keegan remembers her first day of Transition Year in 1979
Ellie returns to school back in the day
It was a slight challenge getting these McCarthy children up for school today! Milo, Ollie and Clara McCarthy from John the Baptist NS, Midleton, Cork
Michael O'Reilly head to school at Gaelscoil Ros Eo in Rush Co Dublin.
Ugnes (4) first day in school
Michael O'Reilly head to school at Gaelscoil Ros Eo in Rush Co Dublin.
Julia Byrne (5), left, and Hannah Doyle (5) on their first day of school at Holy Family National School, Rathcoole,
Tipperary's Ben Kennedy (6) looking forward to his first day back at school
Cian Stanley on his first day of big school today in Killenard National School in Portarlington Co. Laois
Denise Calnan, pictured with her brother Eric Calnan from Cork, returns to school in the Nineties
Adam James Swan, aged 4 ,heading to big school at Scoil Cholmcille , Skryne, Co Meath
Jason Kennedy, from Tipperary, pictured during his school days.
Lauren Courtney (5) & Cian Maguire (4) both from Clondalkin enjoying their 1st day at School in Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain,Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Independent Style Editor Caitlin McBride (pictured with her sister Maura McBride) at her pre-Kindergarten graduation in New York
Patricia Murphy, left, and Deirdre Murphy pictured heading back to school in Queens NYC in the Nineties
'Here is me approx 30 years ago on my first day at school. Rocking the bowl haircut and only delighted with myself!' Sent in by Emma Gilbey

The sun may have not made much of an appearance this summer but Irish children returning to school this week have been greeted by sunshine as they prepare to walk through the doors for another school year.

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While the return to school may be dreaded by schoolchildren after a freedom-filled summer, there’s no doubt that our school days are the foundation for some of our happiest memories and it is often the time where life-long friendships are found.

Independent.ie wants to see your best ‘Back to School’ photos, whether they’re of your own children or from way back in the day, and hear some of our readers favourite memories from their time in school.

To celebrate the return to school, Lidl have very kindly given us €100 voucher to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter send us a photo or memory to be included in our gallery email contact@independent.ie or Tweet us using #IndoSubmit

Laura McDermott (5) with her little sister Karen on her first day at school thirty years ago
Laura McDermott (5) with her little sister Karen on her first day at school thirty years ago
Evan (3) started pre school yesterday in the Treehouse Rathcormac Co Cork
Poppy Smith and Bobbie Jo Keddy from Sandyford
Sophie (6) and Emily Murphy (4) on her first day at school
Isadora, Leonardo & Lara meeting up on their first day of school at St. Patricks,Donabate.
Olivia Ryan is still smiling, sort of, after braving her 1st day of school in St Marys Dublin 3.
Eli Feerick heading off for his first day at St Aidan's National School, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo with his sister Amelie
Olivia, on her first day attending Tullyallen NS, Co Louth school last Thur 27th of August. Photo sent in by her mum Susan
Kyra-Jane pictured on her first day of junior infants, senior infants, first class and second class. Photo sent in by her mum Jackie Maguire
Alexandra Collins, 7 heading to 1st class St Brigid's NS, Castleknock and James Collins, 3 back to school at John Johnson's Montessori, Castleknock
Cómhal (5) on his first day of school in 2014 accompanied by his older brother Ódhran
Caoimhe (7), Cillian and Cormac (5) head off on their first day of school Sent in by Karen Dinan.
Sophie and Luke Maher going to St Mochtas, Clonsilla.
Dara (10) and Sam (6), on their first day back to St.Malachys BNS, Edenmore.
Elijah Vial (left) and Ryan Howlett (right) both aged 4...best friends started school together..in st Ultans school in cherryorchard - Sent in by Ann-Marie Farrell
Lauren Courtney (5) & Cian Maguire (4) both from Clondalkin enjoying their 1st day at School in Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain,Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tom Geoghegan helping his sister Annabelle on her first day at school at St Louis Infant School, Rathmines
An old photo of Denis Keane heading to school back in the day!
"Well our Jack has started. Proud day. Few years since my 1st day" Sent in by proud Dad Mike Ryan as his son Jack starts first day at school in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo.
Cian Whelan (4) before his first day at St Clare's National School in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan
Gabrielle Keegan remembers her first day of Transition Year in 1979
Ellie returns to school back in the day
It was a slight challenge getting these McCarthy children up for school today! Milo, Ollie and Clara McCarthy from John the Baptist NS, Midleton, Cork
Michael O'Reilly head to school at Gaelscoil Ros Eo in Rush Co Dublin.
Ugnes (4) first day in school
Michael O'Reilly head to school at Gaelscoil Ros Eo in Rush Co Dublin.
Julia Byrne (5), left, and Hannah Doyle (5) on their first day of school at Holy Family National School, Rathcoole,
Tipperary's Ben Kennedy (6) looking forward to his first day back at school
Cian Stanley on his first day of big school today in Killenard National School in Portarlington Co. Laois
Denise Calnan, pictured with her brother Eric Calnan from Cork, returns to school in the Nineties
Adam James Swan, aged 4 ,heading to big school at Scoil Cholmcille , Skryne, Co Meath
Jason Kennedy, from Tipperary, pictured during his school days.
Lauren Courtney (5) & Cian Maguire (4) both from Clondalkin enjoying their 1st day at School in Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain,Dublin Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Independent Style Editor Caitlin McBride (pictured with her sister Maura McBride) at her pre-Kindergarten graduation in New York
Patricia Murphy, left, and Deirdre Murphy pictured heading back to school in Queens NYC in the Nineties
'Here is me approx 30 years ago on my first day at school. Rocking the bowl haircut and only delighted with myself!' Sent in by Emma Gilbey

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