Excitement builds as school to celebrate 40th birthday

THE community of Donagh is preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of St Joseph’s Primary School.
Celebrations are being held on Saturday 13th April to mark the milestone with a thanksgiving Mass at 6pm in St Patrick’s church, Donagh celebrated by Bishop Larry Duffy. 
Afterwards everyone is invited to return to St Joseph’s Primary School to view a display of photographs and memorabilia that has been contributed by past pupils before a social function which will take place in the Clubhouse. 
The School was opened on November 5th 1978 and was blessed by Bishop Patrick Mulligan.  It was opened after the amalgamation of the old St Joseph’s School, Donagh and Ballagh Primary School. The first principal was the late Mr Peter Morgan, Belturbet who was succeeded by the late Margaret Kelly who retired in 1989.  
She was then succeeded by Mr Cormac Jordan who retired in June 2018, and the current principal is Michael Grew.
Others who have contributed hugely to St Joseph’s over the years include school secretary Mary Ingram and cook Majella Clifford who have both worked in the school since it opened and are still there.
Principal Mr Grew said, “We are very excited to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of St Joseph’s Primary School, Donagh on Saturday 13th April 2019. St Joseph’s is a thriving school with a happy atmosphere and a nurturing environment. 
“The school fosters a love of achievement and learning and strives to bring out the best of each child under its care. 
“The school is lucky to have a very committed, hard-working staff and Board of Governors and supportive parents, all of whom have the best interests of the children at heart.”
Tickets costing £10 for the social function are available from the school office or by phoning 028 67721077.

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