Sunday 11 December 2016

Mary Kenny: forever young - a school reunion 55 years later

Reconnecting and reassessing at a school reunion for the class of '61

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny

Imagine a schoolgirl today, aged 17 or 18, about to do her Leaving Cert next month: now think of her fast-forwarding the years to 2071, and meeting up, once again, with her classmates of 55 years previously.

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That's how it was for us at a recent weekend in Galway: a group of old girls, now, meeting together again, 55 years after we left our convent school in Stephen's Green, Dublin. This was a reunion of the Class of '61, or at least 18 of us, still standing, or still willing to get together as we were in our school days.

It was great fun. Things change immeasurably, and yet, things stay the same. I could see each of my school pals just as they were as fresh-faced teenagers, and as each familiar face zoomed into view, the years dropped away, and the differences in our life-patterns dissolved.

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