SSE Sponsor Tavneena 125th Anniversary, Charlestown Co. Mayo

SSE have recently sponsored the Tavneena 125th School Anniversary in Charlestown Co. Mayo.  As part of “The Gathering Ireland 2013” and to celebrate 125 years, Tavneena National School are hosting a number of events in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh this weekend to mark the occasion. 

A Message From Tavneena National School125_years_tension_envelope_fireworks_logo-2

Like many schools of its era, Tavneena National School, Charlestown has been through famine and hardship, a civil war and two world wars. It has gone from candles to computers, from the barest of facilities to state of the art technology. It has seen good times and bad, from the building of an airport on its doorstep to a major recession. But through it all our school has survived and this year celebrates its 125th year in existence, with a School Reunion under the banner of The Gathering. From far and near, from home and abroad, past pupils and teachers will converge on the school this August Bank Holiday weekend to mark what promises to be a terrific occasion.

The whole community, young and old, is hard at work in preparation. The weekend begins on Friday, Aug. 2nd with Mass at 6pm in the school, and the launch of a history of the school and locality. The book -‘Tavneena National School 125 Years; Across the Generations’- traces the story of the community from ancient times to the present day, and will be on sale on the night. Music, refreshments, a display of photographs and a kids’ disco follow. This is a time to catch up with classmates, neighbours and friends; a time to relive memories of bygone schooldays and all that went with them. 

On Saturday, Aug. 3rd, celebrations continue with a Dinner and Social in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh. Tickets are €30 and are on sale locally – contact Michael Horkan Cashel, Kevin McCudden Lurga or Seamus Gallagher Lurga or email There will also be a raffle on the night with fantastic prizes, including return flights to the UK, home heating oil voucher, tickets to the Tommy Fleming Concert, weekend break in Mill Park Hotel Donegal, shopping vouchers, cash prizes and lots more. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the school on Fri. 2nd and again on the night. Many thanks to all our generous sponsors.

Sunday, Aug. 4th marks the 10th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lurga Shrine. To mark the occasion there will be Mass at the shrine at 6pm and all are welcome. The shrine has been in existence there for over eighty years and holds special memories for many people.
The Tavneena N.S. Reunion is a unique event in the life of our community. Make a note of the date, and get your tickets in good time. See you there!