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President celebrates a class act on its 100th birthday

ONE hundred years is a long time in education.

When Lindsay Road National School opened on January 9, 1911, with a total of 211 pupils, it was hailed as 'cutting edge' in education circles as it became the first school to introduce a break from teaching in the middle of the day for lunch.

"It's like a country school or village school, right in the heart of Dublin," President Mary McAleese said yesterday as she arrived in Glasnevin to unveil a plaque celebrating the school's birthday.

One century on, principal Jennifer Fulton said she was very proud of the school and its achievements.

Past pupils include artist Guggi and former Ireland international rugby player Phil Orr.

Ms Fulton said she hopes Lindsay Road will be around for the next 100 years.

Pupils Frank Pierce (12) and Sorcha Sullivan (9) said they too were very proud of their school.

Frank said he would miss the school "a lot" when he left next year to go to secondary; while Sorcha, whose favourite subject is history, said she liked the school because she "likes old stories and things".

Lindsay Road -- one of the earliest Presbyterian schools built in Dublin -- has published a commemorative book in honour of the school's first century, 'The Lessons We Learned and Games We Played -- 100 years at Lindsay Road National School', in which past and present pupils recall their most memorable moments.

Former pupil Evanna Craig said: "I think because it was so small, you knew so many people not just from your own class, that it was like an extended family."

Irish Independent