Lordy, Lordy school is nearly
by Caoimhinn Barr, Inishowen Independent
MORE THAN 10,000 past pupils are invited to
Inishowen’s biggest ever classroom reunion when Carn
Community School turns forty next year.
Preparations are already underway for the
celebrations, which will include one of the biggest
photographic exhibitions ever witnessed in the
Hundreds of class photos, dating back to the very
first day Carn CS opened for learning in 1973, will
be on display in a mammoth collection, open to the
public in August, 2013.
Website co-ordinator John Collins said that online
news of the ambitious reunion has already attracted
interest from all across the globe.
“We put a geo-locator up on the site and we’ve
already recorded viewers from more than ninety
different countries. The interest has been
phenomenal already,” he added.
Carndonagh Community School
principal, Paul Fiorentini, staff and students are
preparing for a busy 40th anniversary celebration
A commemorative book
will also be launched to coincide with the 40th
anniversary party, which ties in with the Inishowen
Gathering Festival and City of Culture celebrations
over the border in Derry.
Current principal Paul Fiorentini, just the third in
the school’s history after Fr Kevin McKenna and
Brian Mullins, said the nostalgic four-day event
will provide a great opportunity for people from
across Inishowen to come back to the school.
“This is a chance for people who attended Carn
Community School 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years ago to
come back and see how things have changed and to
look through all our old photo galleries,” he said.
The Moville-born headmaster said past and present
teachers also have a huge role to play in the
“Teachers have a big part to play in this and I hope
that as many staff, past and present, will show up
as possible. It’s important for past pupils to come
along but it’s equally significant that teachers are
made welcome too,” Fiorentini added.
Keen to promote the online aspect, John Collins,
librarian at Carn Community School, said that from
next week on thousands of people will be able to
keep up to date with the celebration plans on
Facebook and Twitter.
The popular online site will also publish scores of
old photos from Carn Community School as the
countdown to August, 2013 gets underway in earnest.
Those who wish to express an interest in attending
or helping to plan the massive reunion next summer
can fill out an online form on the website.
www.carndonaghcs40yearreunion.com for more
details. The reunion will take place from August 2-5