The Parish of Renmore, as we know it today, was established in 1971. Canon Jack O’Connor was its first parish priest and he quickly set about the task of building schools to cater for the rapidly growing population. Scoil Chaitríona Senior enrolled its original 114 girls and boys on 1st July 1974, under its first principal, Mr. Pádraig O’Grady. The other three teachers on the staff were Máire Bn Ní Fhinneagáin, Mrs Maura O’Connor and Mr Mícheál Kitt. As the senior school building was as yet unfinished, the school spent its first year in classrooms belonging to Scoil Chaitríona Junior. On July 1st 1975 the children and their teachers moved into their new school. Mr. Richard Burke T.D., Minister for Education, performed the official opening, and Most Rev. Dr. Michael Browne, Bishop of Galway, blessed the new complex on September 26th, 1975.
On December 9th 2015 the Choir of Scoil Chaitríona Senior Renmore Galway will perform and release its unique anthem celebrating life in SCS. The co-educational senior school of almost 400 pupils is in its 40th year. The principal and staff are harnessing the talents of pupils, pastandpresent, to perform their School Anthem on the most anticipated night of the year in Renmore Parish, the night of the annual Carol Service. The Carol Service is attended by over 1,200 people each year.
The magical event will be attended by special guest of honour (to be announced in November).
Written and composed by our school choir director Anne Flaherty and Gerry Kennedy, the anthem is positive and affirming and evokes a sense of pride of place.
The 6 track CD features past pupil and upcoming artist Clare Quinn with past pupil Liam Duggan on uileann pipes. The CD will be available to purchase for €6 locally. Songs include; The Anthem of Scoil Chaitríona, Real Love (Sung by past pupil Jennifer Conroy) and Mary’s Boy Child. The CD is being released in partnership with the Connacht Hotel, Renmore. Our principal Mrs Brady has been working hard on making sure that we experience making and recording music and our school is famous for its band and children’s choir who perform at local events in the Hospitals, Galway Hospice and at liturgical events.
We would LOVE if news2day could come and visit us on that day/ night to experience the excitement and report on this exciting whole school event.