THE Christian Brothers in Nenagh have been honoured with a civic reception by the town council to mark the 150th anniversary of their arrival in the town. The Brothers were granted the honour following a request earlier this year from Cllr Hughie McGrath.
At the reception in Nenagh Civic Office attended by councillors, council management and staff, Br John Dooley, leader of the Brothers in Nenagh, and Br Kevin Mullen, Provincial leader of the Brothers in Ireland and England, Mayor Lalor McGee said that a civic reception was the highest honour the town could bestow on any organisation or individual.
Mayor McGee recalled that the Brothers came to Nenagh with just three members and were based in John’s Lane.
“In 1970 they moved to Summerhill and have expanded their school there. It is a great credit to them that they have always made their grounds open to the public,” he said.
The Mayor said the Brothers had always been involved in community projects in the town and pointed to the Nenagh CBS School Band as a group that had promoted Nenagh, nationally and internationally, and to the school’s twinning with a school in Zambia.
The Mayor made special reference to Br Dooley’s connection to Nenagh Town Council, revealing that Br Dooley’s grandfather was chair of the then Nenagh UDC from 1945 to 1948, and had even called for a town park to be established as far back as 1912, something that was close to the Mayor’s heart and he was delighted it was going ahead under his mayorship.
County manager Joe MacGrath was delighted that the town council had been given the opportunity to pay tribute to Nenagh CBS and to mark the outstanding contribution they had made to the town.
While the CBS was known for putting people through education and had a high level of students going on to third level, it was also worth remembering their contribution in other aspects of life, and the town was proud the day the school lifted its first All-Ireland hurling title this year. And he believed that the people would be proud to support the CBS in its current fundraising drive to build a general assembly room and canteen.
Br John Dooley said it was a double honour to be in the Council chamber because of being leader of the Brothers in Nenagh and because of his grandfather’s association with Nenagh Town Council.
“Your tributes are appreciated, and we have been deeply moved by the congratulations and goodwill we have received from the people of Nenagh,” he said.