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Loreto Swords marks its 25-year milestone


n Louise, Sinead, Michael and Alison Behan.

n Louise, Sinead, Michael and Alison Behan.

n Louise, Sinead, Michael and Alison Behan.


SWORDS Loreto has celebrated a proud 25 years in the county capital since it moved out from its former home in the city centre on North Great George's Street.

It was a proud occasion for the school as 500 former students gathered to celebrate a quarter of a century of the Loreto in Swords.

When the school made its big move from the city in 1988, the Minister for Education was Mary O'Rourke so the school thought it appropriate to make her one of the guests of honour at the 25-year celebrations.

Bishop Raymond Field was kind enough to preside over a prayer service that got the formalities off to a start and there to take in the occasion were all three principals that have led the school in its time at Swords.

Along with the current principal, Veronica McDermott, Sister Marie Celine Clegg and Sister Carmel Swords, spoke of their memories of being at the helm of the Loreto school in Swords.

Veronica McDermott is now in the job for a decade and was the first ever lay principal of the school and she described 'a fantastic buzz' around the school as the anniversary celebrations kicked off.

'The ceremony was streamed over the internet and was watched from as far away as Berlin, Hong Kong and Sydney,' she told the Fingal Independent.

She was full of praise for the student and teacher organising committees who put the event together and said she was particularly proud that 'so many of our students returned with positive memories of their time in the school'.

MC duties on the day were ably handled by deputy principal of the school, Michael Behan and it was a day to remember for the whole Loreto family in Swords. Here's to the next 25 years.