My first few years were in the old school on O’Higgins Road and then in 77-78 we moved to the new school behind the Gym. I left the Boys School in 1979 and went to the New Vocational School in Newbridge.
Anyhow if anybody knows me or went to school at the same time, feel free to e-mail me.
Post by Matt McNamara on Jan 18, 2005 12:19:39 GMT
Hi Eamon I moved to Newbridge from O'Higgins Tce in March 1978 and I continued to go to the Curragh Boys School until I left in July 1979.
So for a year and a half I was on my bike cycling to the Curragh every morning in the Summer and on the Bus in the Winter. So the New School opened in September of that year and only a short step from my home Newbridge, so I went there.
The rest of my family went to the Curragh Post-Primary.
PS: I never knew there was any Leeds supporters in the Curragh Matthew (Blackie Mc)
Remember it well, how we didn't break ourselves up swinging through those bars, i'll never know. I also rem, on the odd day sitting out in the big shed when i stayed in for lunch, particularly the cold ones! And who could forget those toilets .....Never made it to the big boys toilets up in the corner (i think???) of the play ground we moved to the new school before i had the luxury.
Just reading this thread gives me goosebumps, I remember so well all the names of the teachers and the terror of the dreaded leather strap - I can remember as though it were yesterday the games at break and (as I lived in O Higgins Rd.) running home at lunch time for my dinner and listening the the Kennedys of Castleross while I scoffed down my dinner. I did not get to finish as I left in 5th Class when we moved to Kilcullen but I remember with fondness Miss O'Brien and Miss Costelloe and there were two Burns (Joe and Donal) teaching there as well
Hi all, I've always wondered about this. In the old school I rem playing at break times and we would use one of either sides of the school as a jail (where there were retracting cage like shutters). What were they for or what were the rooms they enclosed for?
I remember the two rooms you are talking about, I think they were just porches, as I lived beside the school I often remember after school climbing over the walls and back over the railing to get into the porch we used to play a game which consisted of 5 people one in the middle and one in each corner of the porch it was kind of like human piggy in the middle you had to switch with any other corner by putting out your hand and then you grabbed the other corner persons hand and swung each other into place. The person in the middle had to try get to a corner before you - happy innocent times !
Janey Tommy I could go on for years about the games played in the School Yard, I remember when it rained and you would go out into the big shed (how did everybody fit in it I have no idea), but I can remember looking on in awe at the 6th Classers who used to be always standing up on a big bench that ran the length of the shed. I can remember they used to be all standing on this bench and stamping their feet (which made a great crescendo of sound) I cant remember what they chanted but I can remember looking on and dreaming that one day that would be me and my classmates doing that ! Another game I remember (must have been hevily influenced by Journey to the Centre of the Earth) where all the 5th and 6th Classers were Morlocks and would chase the rest of the school all around the yard. Yeah there was life and entertainment before the playstation !
Post by patrick gannon on Dec 29, 2008 21:32:22 GMT
mat...i was in third class when we moved to the new school and i remember alphy moran from pierce bringing in a cane for mr costello and he getting the first wack from it,(in the new school)..i think that was the year mr costello died from the fags..we did a guard of honour across from the church for his funeral. keven donavan was knock down and killed by a cie bus just across from orchard park that year too..i remember too the old church building accross from o'higgans tce going up i flames i don't know which year that was ,but if was before new orchard park was built..
Post by Darren McGarr on Sept 16, 2009 13:06:01 GMT
I used to go to St Patricks primary school until I moved to newbridge in 1983. My teachers were Mrs Ryan, Mrs Costello and Mr Fitzgerald. Often saw Mr Fitzgerald and Mrs Costello around newbridge and had chats with them. Nice people outside of the school but Mr Fitzgerald ruled the classroom with an iron fist! Many of the gang I went to school with ended up in Secondary school anyways in the PBS. My 3 big brothers - Mark, Colm and Robert all went to st pats too. We used to live in Vergers house between the PA's and the MP's but last time I was in the curragh the house wasbeing used as office space. Have many fond memories from growing up on the curragh. Have been in London now for over 7 years, not quite the same! lol
I went to the boys school until june'85. The teachers I recall having were Ms. Hannon, Ms O'Reilly, Ms. Costello, Fitzy, Mick Deely, Mr Byrne or Burns?. We had a pretty good football team at under 11. I remember playing Two mile house in a final in the county grounds and it felt like the whole of the camp used to come to watch our games. We played in the Republic of Ireland Jerseys and trained indoors in our slippers with Burnsy and Doolin.
Used to have leagues during lunchtime. We had some tasty footballers around then.
I remember one day Ciaran Fitzgearld (Irish captain mid eighties) was playing rugby on the pitch beside the school and we were let out of class to watch and get autographs. I think it was the triple crown year.