BALLYHEIGUE'S two primary schools are celebrating 50 years of life in their 'new' buildings with a host of events planned to mark the milestone anniversary.
Bouleenshere and Glenderry National Schools will each publish books on their history and The Gathering is also to figure large in the celebration plans at both schools. Bouleenshere is hosting a large celebration on the weekend of the Pattern in September and Glenderry is to celebrate the 50 year mark with a weekend of Kerry Head community fun and activities in June.
Both schools moved into new buildings in 1963 after the local parish priest of the time succeeded in getting funding from the State. The schools have been around much longer, of course, with Bouleenshere dating back to the 1820s at its old site.
"We're really looking forward to it," said Treasurer of the Bouleenshere Board of Management and Ballyheigue Postmaster Brendan Moriarty. "The Pattern was absolutely massive last year but we expect it to be even bigger this year as it will once again take place at the weekend and it's hoped The Gathering will see even more people home than usual."
Bouleenshere is hosting a garden fete on September 7 to tie in with the school anniversary and they are to publish a book looking back at the history of the building.
Glenderry is also planning a number of events. "We will be having an open day on the June weekend and we will be registering it as a Gathering event," Principal Gerard Pierse said. "It's a big year for Glenderry and on the open day we will be launching a book on the school with a marquee in place, local musicians and much more."
Gerard said the school is planning a celebration that will take in the whole community - complete with a walking tour around Kerry Head.
Bo th schools are appealing to past pupils and locals for memorabilia to include in their golden jubilee books.