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Moment in Time: St Aengus host last awards night before the school is demolished

Enjoying themselves at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards. Picture: Alf Harvey.

For this week’s Moment in Time, we look back on May 28 2009, when St Aengus Post Primary School in Mountrath held their last awards night.

The school was demolished later that summer to make way for the opening of Mountrath Community School in August 2009.

St Aengus Post Primary School, the Brigidine Secondary School and the Patrician College, Ballyfin.

Despite the sad circumstances, the evening was a happy occasion as students received well-deserved awards for their exceptional work throughout the school year.

Presentations from the Parents’ Council were made to Mr D. O’Riordan, Mr Tom Ryan, Mr Brendan Dunne and Miss Marie Moran – Principals of St. Aengus over the years from 1969 to 2009.

Mrs. Lucy Conroy, secretary, Mr. Seamus Moloughney and Ms Anita Hetherington, caretakers received gifts from the Parents’ Council. Each student was given a gift also.

Award winners at the ceremony included 1st year Gary Phelan, 2nd year, Ben Conroy and Christopher Dooley, 3rd year Damien Ryan, 4th year Geraldine Hooban, 5th year Craig Breen, Junior student of the year Damien Ryan, Senior student of the year Geraldine Hooban.

Subject Awards: Religion Geraldine Hooban, Geography Alan O’Brien and Geraldine Hooban, English Gavin Sydes and Philip McKay, CSPE Damien Ryan, Home Economics Regina Phelan and Leona Conroy, Technical Graphics Ben Conroy and Philip McKay, Art Gavin Doheny.

Other subject awards included French Damien Ryan and Cathal Nolan, Woodwork Damien Ryan, Construction Studies Cathal Nolan, Science Damien Ryan, Metalwork Kornel Atekha, Engineering Cathal Nolan, Maths Christopher Dooley and Leona Conroy, Irish Gary Phelan, Regina Phelan, Geraldine Hooban and Gearoid Gaughan, Business Studies Damien Ryan, Accounting Leona Conroy.

Below are the pictures taken by Alf Harvey at the St Aengus Post Primary School awards night.

The Leaving Certificate class of 2009, the last Leaving Certificate Class at the school at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
In front of their school which was later demolished are the Leaving Certificate class of 2009, the last Leaving Certificate Class at the school at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Robbie Avis and Brandon Peters singing shirts at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Enjoying themselves at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Some of the attendance at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Damien Ryan being presented with one of his awards by principal Marie Moran at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Geraldine Hooban receives one of her awards from principal Marie Moran at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Caroline Moore, Sean Byrne, Parents Council and principal Marie Moran present the Andrew Moore Memorial award to Darren Doyle at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Staff at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Principal Marie Moran with members of the Parents Council, Mary Hooban, Sean Byrne, Lourda Fahy and Noelle Russell at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Former principal from 1969-1988 Donnchadh O’Riordain and former student Brian Allen, Laois GAA chairman at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Three former principals for the school about to close; Donnchadh O’Riordan, Marie Moran and Tom Ryan at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Some of the attendance at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
The scene (with the school that was later demolished in the background) at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

 

 

Sean Byrne and Daisy address the students at the Scoil Aengus Mountrath awards.
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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