Class night for the '97ers

Published 02/01/2013 | 09:48

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FIFTEEN years in the making, a mighty night was enjoyed in Dingle last Thursday as the 1997 Leaving Cert class of Dingle CBS and Meánscoil na Toirbhirte enjoyed a lively reunion in MacCarthy's.

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The reunion, which was organised primarily by Vincent Manning, Colm Sayers and Aoife Granville, enjoyed a very good turnout on the night with friends catching up on all the gossip after their cuig-deág bliain ag fás.

Muinteoir Tomás MacCárthaigh made an appearance on the night, much to the delight of his former students who greeted him warmly. Many had travelled long distances for the reunion, including Brendan Devane who had made the journey back from London to attend.

After MacCarthy's, the party rolled on down Main Street to An Droichead Beag which saw plenty of high jinks including a few steps by Kenneth Murphy and a pitch perfect rendition of Christy Hennessy's 'Star' by Mike Walsh, dedicated to Baile na nGall's Sinéad Ní Chúrnáin.

For the few revellers who were left, the party then moved on to an 'undisclosed location' in Dingle which

saw more musical mirth, including a song as Gaeilge by singer and musician Aoife Granville and a West Cork ditty by Vincent Manning.

The late Peter Ashe was also very much present in the hearts and minds of his friends and former classmates who were very happy to welcome Peter's brother Fintan who took the time out to attend the reunion.

A collection held on the night in Peter's memory managed to raise a respectable €315 for the Irish Cancer Society, helped in no small part by a few warm words imparted by Tom Baker in tribute to Peter.

Such was the success of this unconventional reunion of sorts, that calls have since been issued to make the December 27 reunion an annual event so don't be surprised if a 'sweet sixteen 1997 reunion' rolls around again in

2013.

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