The official opening of the new school extension at Scoil Bhride national school Dunleer and the celebration of their fourth Green Flag took place on Friday last 27 September.
The ceremony began with a blessing followed by the official opening of the extension by Mr Martin Naughton President of Glen Dimplex which of course has its global headquarters at Dunleer.
Last year’s Green School Committee then raised the school’s fourth green flag.
All visitors had an opportunity to walk around the school and look at old photographs and to view a video and PowerPoint presentations depicting school life as it is today.
This was a wonderful opportunity to gather and celebrate the positive changes that have occurred in the school over the decades, due in no small way to the support from parents and guardians, and the cooperation and commitment from members of and businesses in Dunleer community.
Refreshments and food were also served.
Past pupils of Scoil Bhríde were especially welcome and many people had an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. All community members and businesses were represented and warmly welcomed by the staff, Board of Management, Parents Association, and pupils at Scoil Bhríde.
On this beautiful sunny afternoon, Mr Naughton began by saying: “I am in the heating business but this is ridiculous”.
“When I came to Dunleer 50 odd years ago Ireland was a different country,” he said. “Now it is a different planet.
“We invested €15 million in Dunleer in the last year. We have 75 head office staff now working in Dunleer in very well paid jobs.
“We have sustainable renewable units in a state-of-the-art showroom and our research and development area are also state-of-the-art.
“If you don’t innovate you will evaporate.
“We have invested €75,000 in the heating system in Scoil Bhríde with the new quantum heaters.”
Mr Martin Naughton was welcomed by Ms Joanne Moran, school principal, Ms Mary Keogh, deputy principal. Also present Kyran McGrory School Board of Management and Damien King chairman of the Parents Association.
The guests included Rev Father Rory Coyle, Armagh, representing Cardinal Sean Brady and Rev Michael Murtagh, PP, Dunleer, and Rev Joyce Moore Assistant Minister Drogheda Union Church of Ireland Parishes.
A wonderful day was enjoyed by all thanks to such great hospitality.