The pupils and staff at St Peter’s National School Dromiskin did themselves proud last Friday evening with their magnificent contribution to the Eco Tribe Challenge organised by Louth County Council.
The village of Dromiskin is 1,500 years old and the children and staff of the school brought this proud history to life with their wonderful enactment of life in ancient times when monks sisters and saints ruled the village.
Mr Pat Mulligan, Principal St Peter’s, acted as chief, of course, and welcomed the large gathering that included, parents, parliamentarians, environmentalists, friends and neighbours, and guests from other villages and countries.
Mr Mulligan welcomed “St Declan from Leinster House (now there’s news for you, a saint in Leinster House. There’s hope for the country yet), St Mary from the Little Road, St Pamela from Vancouver, without whom there would be no event, Brother Richard, Sister Ann, Sr Benedicta McArdle, Seamus McArdle, who showed the children how to weave and created the sculpture at the school, Ann McArdle, David Kinahan of Auto Tech Solutions, who provided the excellent sound system, Brother Henry who lit the Sacred Flame, Miss Lambert, teacher, and the boys and girls of Third Class who planted the Monastic Garden in honour of the saints at the ancient site of the Round Tower and Monastery.
The ceremony was led by Lord Conor and his wife Grainne. Brother Adam and the other monks and sisters brought everyone on a tour of the stations in honour of St Ronan, St Patrick, St Catherine, St Margaret, and St Peter. Musicians Katie, Julie, Amy, and Orla, played the Foggy Dew and the Kerry Polka and dancers from St Peter’s also performed.
Mr Mulligan, who was put in the contemplation chair to contemplate his sins (that was a time when they knew how to sort people out) thanked Darver Credit Union and the many, many groups and organisations who supported the event.
And then a much inspired St Declan went back to sort out Leinster House and get them to do some work.