On Saturday 17th last we had the pleasure of entertaining 125 GPPA members in the school. Ranging in years from 1936 to 1996, it was a wonderful cross section of ladies to have all in the one place.
We were greeted by the beautiful music of a string quartet. Many thanks to the musicians and their teacher Caoimhe Ní Áinle. After much excited mingling, old friendships were re-kindled and new friendships were forged. Before the meal we gathered everyone into the Concert Hall where Catherine Anne welcomed everyone. Triona (the school principal and also a Green girl) gave us an update on the school’s progress. I then spoke about the new website, outlining some of its features. The talks were short and sweet, and very well received. After that we could get down to the serious business of the lunch.
Sharon Fitzpatrick and her team from Fitzers Catering had worked closely with Ciara Power (email@example.com ) one of the GPPA committee, and between them they transformed the canteen into a beautiful restaurant setting with fine linens, table-settings and even comfortable seats. No sitting on stools this time around! They did a fabulous job on the meal, and it was lovely to see so many happy faces enjoying the food and the company.
The stars of the day were the ladies of 1960 who were celebrating their 50th reunion. They all looked amazing and were the envy of us younger ones, who hope to look as good when it’s our 50th come around.
Among the special guests at the top table were Sr. Frances Jerome (former Superior in The Green), Sr. Jane Carey (from the Junior School) and Sr. Liz Cotter (former principal). We were also delighted that some former staff members could join us – Irene Horan, Deirdre Ó’ Muirí and Mary Campbell. Ciara Freaney, a Green girl who is currently the Secretary of the Loreto Past Pupils’ Union, represented the Union on the day.
Once lunch was over, plenty of people took the opportunity to tour the school and a healthy contingent of all ages ended up in the grounds enjoying glasses of wine in the fine weather.
Christy (the school caretaker) kindly put up with us till 6 O’Clock and was a model of patience throughout the day!
All in all, it was a wonderful day and we were so proud of all the hard work people put into making the Lunch a success. There are too many people to thank individually but suffice to say a heartfelt thanks goes out to all.
We will definitely try to do it again next year, so watch this space.
If anybody has pictures from the lunch, please send them into us as we would love to put them up.