The school’s official 80th anniversary celebrations were a huge success last weekend, attracting a large gathering of members of the CBS Roscommon community to honour all that has been achieved over the past eight decades.
From lunchtime on Saturday, the school welcomed past pupils, staff members and parents to an informal and entertaining afternoon which involved reminiscing, catching up with old friends, browsing through old photos and touring the school. The Parents’ Association served teas, coffees and refreshments to the many guests who joined us on the beautiful Saturday afternoon. They browsed through old copies of Rosc Chomain, the school magazine which has been published since 1967. Some of them brought items such as old textbooks, prayer books, letters and copy books which they had preserved from their time in the CBS, and all of them spoke of their fond memories and how they education they had received had stood them in good stead in their future careers.
A highlight of the day was the opening of the Christy Hannon library, which was carried out by Christy’s brother, Billy Hannon. It was an honour to have his family in attendance, and to hear tributes paid to his dedication to the school, its students and in particular his love of literature.
Brother Michael Heffernan gave a warm and entertaining keynote speech, complimenting the school on the many improvements that have taken place in the CBS in recent years, in particular the development of the Edmund Rice Autism Centre. Principal Fiona Gallagher spoke about the great contribution that the CBS has made to educating the men of Roscommon since 1937, and paid tribute to the calibre of students and teachers who have passed through the school over the years.
A special Vigil Mass was held Saturday evening in the Sacred Heart church, with members of the school community participating in the liturgical service. The choir and music were all performed by CBS students under the guidance of their teacher and organist Ms. Rosie Reale. Many thanks also to those who read Prayers of the faithful and participated in the offertory procession. We are hugely grateful to all staff members who helped make the day such a success, as well as all those who travelled from near and far to celebrate with us.