On the outing to Westport we were delighted to have a group of the January class of 1967 join us to celebrate their golden jubilee.
George Daly was the person who managed to get the group together as it was a great opportunity to have their reunion and spend a few days together.
On the evening of arrival the group enjoyed dinner and we had organised a special cake to mark the occasion.
Father Ralph Egan joined us on Wednesday morning and celebrated a special Mass to mark the day as it was exactly fifty years to the day the class left homes all over the country to pursue their new career as members of an Garda Síochaná and their new lives began and brought them to various counties. Some of the musicians in the group very kindly got together at short notice and made the Mass extra special with hymns, Alice joined on tin whistle and Maurice on guitar.
George had brought some memorabilia including a wonderful selection of photographs which were a delight to look at and they brought back memories to so many of the group. We also remembered those five members of the class who had passed away and were delighted one of the widows joined us.
Over the few days it was a privilege to hear the many stories of different experiences both in their personal lives and careers.
January 18t 1967 was such a significant day for the 29 young men who began their new careers and those who reunited in Westport on January 18th 2017.
Marie Roche- Social Committee Member