St Brigid's School hosted a special anniversary mass to celebrate fifty remarkable years since the school opened in Dundalk.
The thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, in the Holy Redeemer church.
The Archbishop was joined Monseigneur James Carroll, Fr Patrick Rushe, Fr Shajan P Michael, Fr Maciej Zecharek and Fr Michael Sheehan ADM Holy Redeemer.
Staff from the school prepared a beautiful liturgy giving thanks for the many joyous years Dundalk has been fortunate to have the services of St Brigid's.
Principal Patricia Ward said: 'The pupils excelled themselves and participated in every aspect of the celebration.'
She added that art work symbolising all aspects of the school and the award winning portrait of a modern day St Brigid adorned the sanctuary.
'The chapel resounded to the magnificent sounds of the school choir lead by Mrs Olive Byrne and accompanied by Mr Eamonn McKevitt who gives fantastic support to every event in the school. The musical aspect of the liturgy was further enhanced by two very talented harpists, Fionnuala Donlon, an SNA in the school and Donnchadh Hughes the son of Ms Maureen Daly, the longest serving teacher in St Brigid's. Ms Daly and Christine Mc Loughlin, the longest serving SNA both participated in the readings.'
A huge congregation was there to support and celebrate with the school community. Many part pupils, their families, past staff and representatives of statutory agencies that work with the school were in attendance.
The congregation were invited back to the school for refreshments, provided by the Home Economics classes under the skilled hand of Ann Gallagher and Martin Molly, who caters for the students daily with delicious hot lunches. Walls of photographs past and present attracted lots of attention and brought a few laughs and some tears.
A series of events have been held over the last few months, including an art exhibition in At Tain Basement gallery, where visitors were treated to yet another amazing display of artistic talent. Each year this event has grown from strength to strength and is now an annual event on the artistic calendar for county Louth.
Some more events are planned for the rest of the year in a school that is vibrant and working towards state examinations! A series of four radio programmes are presently being recorded by Dundalk FM and these will air in June. May the school will host another event to launch their anthology of student writing and a 50th Anniversary commemorative book.