01 Oct 2022

Gallery: Carrick VS/Coláiste na Carraige Ceiliúradh Reunion Weekend

Past pupils and teachers visited the exhibitions of photographs, newspaper cuttings and memoribilia as part of the Ceilúradh Reunion Weekend

The Coláiste na Carraige gym was very busy last weekend, as past pupils and teachers visited the exhibitions of photographs, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia as part of the Ceilúradh Reunion Weekend. Visitors to the school especially enjoyed spotting themselves in videos of past school games and competitions.

Scéal Spóirt Scoile 1950-2020 was officially launched on Saturday evening by past pupil James Cannon. James Cannon from Glencolmcille attended Carrick Vocational School from 1977 until 1980. After he left he went on to compete at Tug of War nationally and internationally.

He has pulled in international competitions in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Wales, Channel Islands, Italy, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Ireland. Among his achievements he holds three World Championship gold medals, four silver, and three bronze. He also holds five All-Ireland gold, and nine silver as well as two UK Championships gold and two silver.

Following this successful career competing he went on to be an international level coach. He coached Clonmany to win gold and silver at World Championships. He also coached the Irish International team at two World Championship weights and won bronze both times.

Other speakers included Sean Mac Suibhne, príomhoide, Dr Martin Gormley Director of Schools Donegal ETB and Dr Yvonne Cunningham, past pupil and editor of the book. Music was provided by Paul Coughlan and current and past pupils Cian Carr, Naomi Carr, Colm Hargan and Eimear McShane.


The Ceiliúradh Reunion Weekend was rounded off on Sunday with a celebration night in the Blue Haven. Past pupils and teachers enjoyed meeting and remembering some good times. The entertainment was very special, the stage was taken by panels of past pupils who had competed in sports while at school and afterwards. Panellists were interviewed by retired principal Pádraig O Léime and past pupil Kieran Cunningham and the audience got to hear some of the stories behind the stories in the book.

Those stories are wide and varied from Christy Dunlevy laying the first tarmaced sports area to a great interview with coach Neilly Byrne. Barry Campbell's name crops up in every past pupil's story for his influence on the sporting world of the school, which produced six All-Ireland senior championship winners.

The book is priced at €20 and is available in shops in Glen, Carrick and Kilcar. The book can also be ordered and posted to anywhere in the world by sending an email to or by sending a message to the Scéal Spóirt Scoile: Carrick Tech Reunion facebook page.

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