IT'S NEARLY 40 years since Banna National School closed its gates and the past pupils held a get-together in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, last Friday, to reminisce about their days as pupils.
The night began in Ardfert Church where past pupil, Fr Liam Lovell celebrated the mass with Fr Fitzgerald and Fr Healy. Past pupils also did the readings and were involved in most parts of the mass. Donal Stack, also a past student, sang and played music in the church.
Over 200 people gathered in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel with their loved one, to reminisce about their childhood while they were entertained with music by local DJ Big Jim. Helen Stack MCed the night, and told great stories about the school, its past pupils and the history of Banna.
"The ballroom was full of people. It was a great night and everyone enjoyed themselves" said past pupil Brid King.
Many awards were given out on the night, one of which went to Mrs King's father and aunt, Diarmuid Lawlor and Kitty McCarthy, who were presented with the award for being the most senior in age of the past pupils.
"There was old photographs put up around the ballroom in the hotel, and they were lovely to look at," added Mrs King. One past pupil who was overwhelmed with the photographs was Christy Fitzgerald. The past pupil, who now lives in London, found an old photo he never knew existed, of his mother.
Throughout the night, raffle tickets were sold and the money will be donated to AWARE and the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus, which provides transport from Kerry to CUH for cancer patients.
The night ended on a great high as the past pupils remembered their days at the old school and meet classmates they hadn't seen in years.