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St. Columba’s College celebrate 50 years!

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.

The TY students selling the 50th anniversary book last night at the Ball Ellie White, Peter McMonagle and Sarah Sweeney.
Entertaining the guests in the foyer were Mark Sproule and Ciaran from Coleman Music.
Well done to the committee, Catherine Cooke Harkin, Tom Rowan, Principal and Eithne Sproule.
Georgina and Rory White with PJ McGowan.
Leon McGranaghan, Sean and Amanda O Kane, Ethel and Anne McGranaghan.
Three sisters, Fionnuala, Mary and Anne.
Anne McGranaghan, Mary and Jean Taylor and Ethel McGranaghan
Glamour girls Elizabeth, Lisa, Andrea, Adrienna, Grace, Martina and Bernadine.
Two former principals Gerry Bennett and Brian McAuley.
Rory and Georgina White, Tom and Bernadette Rowan, Anita and John Sweeney.
Gerry and Miriam Bennett with Cahir McGranaghan and Philomena O Donnell.
All smiles for the camera Celine McGynn, Mary McGranaghan and Catherine Doherty.
Henry and Eithne Sproule looking well last night.
Mark and Audrey Crawford looking elegant.
All the girls, Audrey, Mary, Karen, Eithne and Evelyn.
Elizabeth and James Rodgers.
Jacinta, Dolores, Catherine, Roisin, Pat, Margaret and Catherine.
Brian and Ellen O Donnell.
Julie and Brian McMullin.
Sinead Gallen Boyce looking well as always with hubby Shaun.
Anita, Sarah and John Sweeney.
Former Principals Sr. Anne McLoone, Maeve Scully, Sr. Nuala and Margaret McGarrigle.

Ryan Callaghan and his wife Fiona looking great.

Principal Tom Rowan with members of the Cist Trustees.
Kieran and Leona McGee with the main man Tommy Gallen!


Martin and Denise Harley.


Frances Faulkner and Geraldine Phair looking well.

The two innocent Seamus’s!!
My old PE teacher Jimmy Phair with myself, those were the days!
Barry and Marie McCullagh looking well as always.
Charles McNulty with his lovely girlfriend.
John and Lisa enjoying the night.
Alice Bonner with some of her family and staff.
Pat the Cope Gallagher launches the 50th anniversary book with the TY students.




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