St Joseph’s Secondary School in Castlebar is celebrating 100 years in existence this year and the focus of the centenary celebrations is the weekend of the 27 and 28th October.

A variety of events are planned to entice past pupils going back over many generations to gather for the occasion.

On Saturday 27th October there will be an open day in the School with exhibitions and memorabilia on display together with music recitals from the present students.

There are in excess of 600 students and 50 staff in St Joseph’s at present and the school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1918, when they bought the property from Lord Lucan.

A mass will be celebrated in the Holy rosary Church on Sunday afternoon, October 28th, to mark the occasion and a Gala Centenary Dinner will be held on Sunday evening in Breaffy House Hotel.

Marie MacCabe is the present Principal of St Joseph’s and she spoke  to Midwest News today about the rich history of the all girls second level school in the county town.

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