Averil, Jessie, Justin and Timmy from St Mary's.

Celebration at St Mary's School, Delvin for St Patrick's Day

A special day of celebration took place on Thursday March 16 at St Mary’s Special School in Delvin. It was the culmination of a fantastic term of teaching and learning, celebrating Irish music and dance, led by Rose Carey, Irish dancing teacher, and Gemma Reilly, music therapist.

Pupils from St Brigid’s Special School in Mullingar, together with their teacher Ms Judith Jennings, St Ernan’s Primary School in Delvin, with their school principal Ms Catherine Daly, and with pupils and staff from St Mary’s in Delvin came together for a day featuring traditional music, song and dance.

Pupils from St Mary’s performed a traditional reel; pupils from St Ernan’s sang a selection of traditional Irish songs; and Rebecca from St Brigid’s sang a piece from the Greatest Showman. Invited guests included parents of the pupils of St Mary’s and members of the school board of management, who all thoroughly enjoyed the day of ceili, ceol agus craic.

Anne-Marie Connolly, principal of St Mary’s, said it was an excellent day of celebration to mark St Patrick’s Day and represented a wonderful opportunity to work in partnership with other local schools to further promote inclusion across the wider community.

She said school management thank the hard-working and always enthusiastic school staff, the parents of the pupils for their continued support and the local schools for making the day such a special day in the lives of all the pupils at St Mary’s in Delvin.

The pupils from St Ernan's NS.
Rebecca from St Brigid's sang on Friday.
Teacher Diarmuid at St Mary's.
Bridie with her brother Albie.
Averil, Jessie, Justin and Timmy from St Mary's.
Denver, Geraldine and and Ciaran on Thursday.
Helen and Laura took to the floor.
Teacher Jo at the St Patrick's event.
Sandra, Elena, Eanna and Joanne at St Mary's Special School.
Greg, Gerry, Sinead, Justin, Timmy, Rebecca, Annemarie, Judith, Catherine, Nadine and Grace and Isolda on Thursday afternoon.
Lorna and Mary from St Ernan's put on a dance display.