The Finn Suite at Jackson’s Hotel was the venue for St. Columba’s College 50th Anniversary Celebration Ball with over 200 guests in attendance. This was the signature event to mark the anniversary of the year that the “Finn” as it was affectionately known, moved to Drumboe Avenue with the Mercy Sisters in charge.
Sr Carmel was the first principal, back in the day there were just eight teachers and 69 students. The school saw many developments over the years and has grown into the excellent campus it is today with a current enrollment of 862 students, 66 teachers and 24 ancillary staff.
The Ball was attended by former Principals Sr. Anne McLoone, Margaret McGarrigle, Brian McAuley, Gerry Bennett and Maeve Scully and former vice Principal John Dowds.
Michael O’Boyle, former vice-Principal was unable to attend but sent his good wishes and was remembered fondly on the night by current Principal Tom Rowan who thanked everyone for their support and acknowledged the hard work and dedication of staff, students, parents and the wider community who have all contributed to making St. Columba’s College into the great education provider that it is for the students of the Finn Valley area.
Many staff members, past and present, parents, past pupils and local business people were there to share their memories and a great night was had by all. A book compiled by a group of Transition Year students, commemorating the 50th Anniversary was officially launched by Pat the Cope Gallagher. Thanks to the student who included me in their book.
Well done to the committee for organising a great night Eithne Sproule, Catherine Cooke Harkin and the current Principal Tom Rowan.