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Moment in Time: Some classic photos from Ballylinan NS back in the year 2000

3rd and 4th Classes at Ballylinan N.S. who raised £185 for the Mozabbique Disaster Fund. Included is teacher Ms Claire Cotter. Photo: Alf Harvey.

Whoever it was in the Laois Nationalist who decided to send photographer Alf Harvey around to the primary schools in the county for a regular feature back around the turn of the milennium deserves a serious retrospective round of applause.

A brilliant idea to capture the atmosphere in a school at a given moment in time –  the faces, the names, the staff, the students.

The images from each school are similar but the people are different obviously.

And there are very few that don’t look back fondly on those days.

This week we’ve dug up a selection of brilliant photos from Ballylinan NS back in April 2000.

Alf, as his style, snapped a wonderful selection of images from the different classroooms, the various classes and some of the teachers.

Among them is principal Fran Moloney, who retired from his role just last June as well as Ballylinan parish priest at the time Fr Tommy O’Shea.

Since then of course Ballylinan have moved to a brand new school but Alf’s photo of the outside of the old building is also a timeless classic.

We’ve no doubt these will bring memories flooding back for those featured.

Junior infant Kelvin McHale.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Junor infant Zoe Cahill with her art work.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Senior infants at Ballylinan N.S.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Shuna O’Neill in Junior infants.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Junior infants at Ballylinan N.S.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Teacher Mary Murphy with some of her pupils.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
5th Class at Ballylinan NS.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
6th Class at Ballylinan N.S.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The School Quiz team in the All Ireland N.P.C. final. From left: Andrew McAuliffe, Scott Bowden, Sarah O’Sullivan, Tomh‡is Moore and Brendan Kealy.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The Green School Group, Alesia O’Donnell, Brian Quinlan, Kelly Farrell and Claire Julian demonstrate how they gather litter.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Failte from principal Mr Fran Moloney.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
1st Class with teacher Ms Sheila Graham.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
2nd Class at Ballylinan N.S.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Peter McAuliffe and Daniel Cahill in 1st Class.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Pupils spot Mozambique on the Globe. They raised £185 recently for the Disaster Fund.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
3rd and 4th Classes at Ballylinan N.S. who raised £185 for the Mozambique Disaster Fund. Included is teacher Ms Claire Cotter.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Pupils who play characters from books, Conor Doyle, “Harry Potter”; Gary Walsh, “Herbie Bazooka” and Edward Purcell, “PokŽmon”.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Teresa Kavanagh, special needs assistant at Ballylinan who also serves, Churchtown, Arles and Killeen.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Marie McGlinchy, Learning Support Teacher.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Fr. Tommy O’Shea, P.P. Ballyllinan and chairman of the Schools Board of Management.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Ballylinan N.S.
Photo: Alf Harvey.

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.