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End of an era for prestigious school

Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00

Student Olivia Corbett Joyce at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara yesterday
Student Olivia Corbett Joyce at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara yesterday

IT will be the end of an era for a famous Irish school when the Leaving Cert finishes tomorrow.

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Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, run by the Benedictine nuns, is closing after 88 years as an institution that attracted students from all over the world.

The prestigious school opened in 1922 when the community of nuns arrived after fleeing Ypres, Belgium, during the First World War. A lack of vocations was the main factor in the 2006 decision to close. Among the last Leaving Cert class of 10 to go through Kylemore was Olivia Corbett Joyce, from Clifden, who is sitting the music exam today.

Irish Independent

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