FORMER alumni from Scoil Bhride NS in Rathcormac are set to gather in the village next month to celebrate the official opening of its new school.
An extensive programme of events has been lined up for the weekend of September 13-15 to mark the occasion as past pupils from across the world gather to meet old friends and reminisce about their school days.
The weekend, which is also part of The Gathering 2013, will celebrate the school's contribution to community life over the years. It will also incorporate the official opening of the new school building, which replaced the existing premises that opened in 1948.
The celebrations will get underway on Friday, September 13, with a concert in the local parish church at 8pm featuring solo performances by former Scoil Bhride pupils Katie Browne, Mary Hazelwood, Thomas Power, Bridie Cronin and Aine O'Flynn. The Rathcormac Folk Group, the Castlelyons Gospel Choir, the Bel Canto Choir from Mitchelstown and a barbershop quartet will also perform. Tickets for the concert, priced at €5, are available from the local post office and Spar and the word is that they are selling fast.
The following morning at 11am local historian Tom Barry will host a historical tour in the village. This will also incorporate a re-enactment of the inquest into the Gortroe Massacre, directed by Valerie O'Leary.
Throughout the day the old school building will host a photographic exhibition, including old video footage of the village shot by the late Chris Morgan, plus a display of work by local artists.
A reunion dinner will take place at the Cork Marts Complex in Corrin on Saturday evening with music by Pat Heskin. Tickets for the dinner, priced at €30, are available from the Post Office or from Sean O'Riordan on 087 9000200. Again early booking is advised.
The weekend will draw to a close with a family fun day in the village green area from 3pm.