Nenagh CBS has moved to honour one of its most famous alumni following the opening of the school’s new €515,000 extension. Fr Alec Reid, Summerhill, Nenagh, who died last month, is being honoured by having one of the school’s new rooms named in his honour.
The peacemaker attended Nenagh CBS primary and secondary, and played hurling for the school, going on to win an All-Ireland minor medal in 1949 against Kilkenny.
Teacher and chair of the 150th anniversary committee marking the arrival of the Christian Brothers to Nenagh, Paul Dolan, said that the extension could not have happened without the contribution of the Department of Education and local Junior Minister Alan Kelly.
He also thanked those who contributed to the school’s fundraising drive for a new canteen and general purpose room through the Leave Your Legacy time capsule initiative, which saw messages being encased in a capsule and buried last Friday on the school grounds to be reopened in 2063.
“We salute your for your generosity and in time you will be admired for your actions,” he said.
“The time capsule will leave a marker that future generations can take a lesson from so they can follow our vision,” said Mr Dolan.
Principal Tony Slattery, commenting on the 150th anniversary of he brothers coming to Nenagh, said that the opening of the extension “makes you realise the rich and proud history we are all part off”.
He offered sympathy to the family of Fr Reid, pointing out that county manager Joe MacGrath and his sister, Judge Elizabeth MacGrath’s mother was a first cousin of Fr Reid.
While the Department had built the classrooms, Mr Slattery said that the school had decided to build a GP room and a canteen, which cost €100,000. Because of the fundraising efforts, €90,000 of this was already raised.
“That is a wonderful tribute to all who put their hands in their pockets in these times,” he said.
Junior Minister Kelly recalled his days at Nenagh CBS and the influence teachers had over him. He said opening the extension was something he looked forward to personally because it as about something that was part of him.
“I was one of the beneficiaries of the last renovations,” he said. “I want to thank you for that.”
He described Nenagh CBS as a vibrant school that placed as much importance on sports and music as it did on academics.
Br John Dooley of the local Christian Brothers community described he extension as a “significant milestone” and also paid tribute to Fr Reid.