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Saturday 20 September 2014

Gaelcholáiste celebrates 25 years

Published 19/02/2014 | 05:36

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ONE of the great success stories of all-Irish education in Kerry, Tralee secondary Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, is calling all its past students home for a year of big events marking its first 25 years in existence.

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Culminating in a special night at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in November, the 25-year anniversary celebrations will also see current students performing a special Seó na Scoile at the Brandon Hotel on April 10; a golf classic in May; an ascent of Mount Brandon in September and much more.

It was all launched at the Denny Lane Bistro in Tralee on Thursday as Principal Austin O Seachnasaigh paid tribute to the many who made it all possible.

The quarter century marks a very heartening vantage for the pioneering lán-Ghaeilge school - given a student body today of over 300 in comparison to an enrolment of just 60 students on its opening in Moyderwell in 1989.

Making contact with all its alumi is priority number one for the Gaelcholáiste at the outset of the anniversary year. Helpfully, the school has launched a Facebook page dedicated to its special year to keep everyone up-to-date with all that's going on - at http://www.facebook.com/gcc25.

"In 1989, the Gaelcholáiste was established under the auspices of the then Town of Tralee VEC with 60 students and six teachers," Mr O'Seachnasaigh said. More information on the big year is available on the school's website www.gcchiarraí.ie/25 as well as on Facebook.

Kerryman

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