Back to the classroom for School Around the Corner

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

The three students who appeared on the School around the Corner in Abbeyfeale 50 years ago. Dennis Murphy, who received a toy gun, Ann Harnett who got roller skates and the only thing to survive was Sheila Prendeville’s case

THE folks of Abbeyfeale will be returning to the classroom this weekend as a group of locals re-enact the hugely popular School Around the Corner series.

To mark the 50th anniversary of when Paddy Crosbie arrived in Abbeyfeale to record an episode of the show, Fr Casey's GAA Club will be transformed to an old school house this Saturday, August 30, for what promises to be a fabulous night of memories and nostalgia.

Among the guests on the night will be Sheila Prendeville of St Ita's Terrace, who performed a Skipping Rope Dance on the original series in 1964 and received a prize of a school bag. She has the bag to this day and uses it to store all the important documents she has accumulated over all the years since. Also taking part will be Dennis Murphy and Ann Harnett, who also featured on the Abbeyfeale show all those years ago - although their prizes are unfortunately long gone.

The night's 'School around the Corner' will get underway at 9pm followed by a school hop with music by DJ Jeremiah Roche. Organisers are encouraging guests to dress up as students or teachers or Sisters.

They have also come up with a few novel competitions for the night, with prizes up for grabs for the best sod of black turf for the fire, the hairiest legs, the best turned out student and much more.

Thankfully, we've been assured that there's no need to bring the cut of bread or a bottle of tea, as light refreshments will be served. Admission to Saturday night's fun event is €10.


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