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The distinguished historian Gerry Hayes McCoy, a graduate of the Bish, once wrote of his alma mater: “Going to school is the greatest emotional experience of a lifetime, the greatest and least forgettable. Do you remember how the sun shone through that wire-meshed window, shone in on your childhood, the bright sun of long ago? Do you smell again the smell of school-warm varnish, leather, bread and butter, ink, powder, books, boys? Do you remember the flinty yard, tree-shaded; the speaking river; the screaming seagulls on a frosty morning? How cold could it be! Do you remember the lighting of the fire — how it smoked without heat, how it smouldered. Do you remember the wonderful morning when the key of the school was lost and who-was-it was sent up town to the shop where — how unsporting — they kept a box of keys to thwart just so delirious a possibility.”
Galway Arts Centre will host hosts its annual study day for Leaving Certificate Art History and Appreciation students on Friday March 15 from 9am to 3pm in the Nuns Island Theatre.
Cara Cunningham, MINDI, Community Dietitian
It is interesting to meet someone again after a long period of time, especially someone with whom you spent five days a week for about six years, but that is what school reunions are all about. People will have inevitably aged and may have gained bellies, more wrinkles, their hair greyer than before, or maybe have no hair at all, so there is often a little tension mixed with the expectation of meeting them again. But the end result is generally delight at reviving old friendships, at the renewed camaraderie, at all the nostalgia, the memories of sporting occasions, the sharing of photographs and, of course, the stories about particular teachers. Indeed, some who were slogged or mistreated by teachers may use the reunion as a kind of revenge. Inevitably, some stories will have taken on legs — “The older we got, the better we were”. The reunion is also an occasion to remember colleagues who have died in the interim.
Bookings have been ongoing since early June for the weekly afterschool and Saturday classes which the Galway Study Centre offers to Leaving Cert, fifth year, and Junior Cert students from September 18. Nearly all subjects are offered with a good choice of days and times available, especially at Leaving Cert level. Study skills classes will also commence from late September and will run once per week for four weeks.
The Galway Study Centre at Mill Street is now taking enrolments for the new term starting in September. Classes take place after school, in the evenings, and on Saturdays.
We are only days away from the release of the Leaving Certificate results.
The Galway Study Centre will offer two weeks of intensive revision during the Easter holiday period. Leaving Cert revision will take place during the first week of the holidays, from Monday March 31 to Saturday April 4, while the Junior Cert classes will be held from Tuesday April 7 to Saturday April 11. In addition, during the second week, a strictly supervised study programme will be available to Leaving Cert students.
BV Commercial has just received instructions to offer for sale No 229 Ros Caoin, Roscam, a detached four bedroom residence situated in an attractive estate built by O’Malley Construction in 2003.