With local schools all now back to a regular routine, we revisit these great photos by Alf Harvey from first day at school in 2003.
Photos feature from visits to Gael Scoil, Phortlaoise, Scoil Bhride and Scoil Mhuire in Portlaoise along with Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School in Durrow and Scoil Mhuire in Abbeyleix.
It certainly was a day to remember, particularly for the O’Dea family.
Triplets, Stephanie, Shauna and Lorraine O’Dea certainly had strength in numbers when they arrived for their first day at school in Our Lady’s Meadow Primary School, Durrow.
At Sacred Heart, Portlaoise twins Ronan and Cathal O’Sullivan had each other for moral support on their first day at school.
Teacher Ms Siobhán U’Chuinn at Gael Scoil, Phortlaoise was there to welcome the more senior students of 4th, 5th and 6th classes in their room at the Portlaoise Prison Officer Club.
The year 2003 was a memorable one for the footballers of Tyrone and hurlers from Kilkenny who won their respective All-Ireland titles that year.
Later that year, thoughts in the sporting world turned to the rugby World Cup in Australia which was won by England.