Celebration time for Kilcommon
It was never a case of on a wing and a prayer' for the folks of Kilcommon National School, Tinahely, who celebrated the official opening of their new wing last Friday (June 1) with a party that went off without a hitch.
School principal Melanie Hatton said the weather was perfect fo the ceremony, which was performed in front of a large group of pupils, parents, friends of the school and the local community.
The new facilities house a new classroom, a resource room, and disabled toilets and will be known as the Erasmus Smith Wing.
The origin of the name goes back to the many schools around Ireland that were funded by the Erasmus Smith Trust.
The last of these schools closed in Wicklow in the 1930s and the funds raised from the recent sale of the lands on which it stood partly funded the new wing.
To celebrate this historic link, the only surviving person in Ireland to have attended an Erasmus Smith School, William Steadman (who, coincidentally, is also a former Kilcommon NS pupil and a grandparent of a current pupil) planted an oak tree at the ceremony with current eldest and youngest pupils Conor Hatton and Max Keogh.
William's brother Thomas, also attended as did the chair of the Parents' Association and Archdeacon of Ferns Rev Dermot Dunne.
Local parishoner and former pupil Mrs Feline Morse cut the ceremonial cake and the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory Rt Rev Michael Burrows cut the ribbon to officially open the new facilities.