Headfort past-pupils turn back the years

Griselda Williams and Fiona Wood

One of Ireland's most prestigious primary schools, Headfort, in Kells, Co Meath, held a Gathering last Friday night for past-pupils and former staff.

A big crowd turned out to share their experiences of one of Ireland's most renowned prep schools, and guests were treated to drinks in the Robert Adam Ballroom at Headfort House. A supper of fish pie or chicken and broccoli pie was served, followed by desserts of lemon tart, profiteroles and a cheese board.

The school's new chairman (and past-pupil) Marco Herbst (37) attended the event. Marco sold his company, Jobs.ie, in 2005 for €2.5m, setting a benchmark for students with his business savvy.

Other guests included Sarah Davis-Goff, owner of Tramp Press Publishing, Cyprien Benoit of Kenmare Select, Selena Kindersly and Lingard Goulding and Harriet Tindal of Tindal Wine Merchants.

Headfort is the favourite school for equestrian-minded youngsters, who don't mind being sent to boarding school from as early as seven years of age, as it is the only primary in Ireland where children can bring their ponies and stable them in the grounds.

Past pupils include a wide range of luminaries such as former supermodel turned businesswoman Jasmine Guinness, celebrity chef Domini Kemp and actor Richard Flood who currently appears with Donald Sutherland in Crossing Lines.

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