Centenary Celebrations

  • It's a 100 years since the Sisters of Mercy founded  St Joseph’s Secondary School in Castlebar.

    A weekend of celebration is organised this weekend to mark the occasion, with an open day in the school tomorrow (Sat) afternoon and the celebration of a Mass on Sunday afternoon in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar, followed by a Gala Dinner in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar on Sunday evening.

    The guest speaker at the dinner is Mayo Person of the Year 2018 Sr Maureen Lally who is a Sister of Mercy and a past pupil of St Joseph’s.

    Beverley Flynn is the Chairperson of the Centenary Committee and together with the present Principal in St Joseph’s Marie McCabe they have been telling Midwest News about the excitement and readiness  ahead of a weekend of festivities.

  • 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.