A brief history:
In 2002 Martin Kavanagh came across a photo from 1959 totalling sixty eight classmates from sixth class A&B from the CBS Primary School Kilkenny. A number of contacts were made to known members by Sean Brennan and Richie Hogan and this led to our first meeting in James Stephen's Hurling Club. After some discussion it was decided to organise a classmates reunion and a committee was formed. Marty Barry was elected Chairman, Sean Brennan vice Chairman, John Menton Secretary, Michael Power Finance, Eamon Holohan Social & Entertainments, assisted by Richie Hogan.
Note: As of publication, our current Chairman is Alan Cooper, Secretary Michael Grogan and Treasurer is Richie Hogan.
Our initial task was to name and make contact with as many classmates as possible and as forty three years was a long time to renew old acquaintances this seemed like an impossible task, but we were determined to succeed and regular meetings were held in Holland's Bar High St to compare notes and update all involved. The date for our reunion was set for the 23th July 2003. Fifty five attended including family of deceased classmates and invitees to our special night in Hotel Kilkenny. After dinner and speeches, Mr Denis O'Reilly, CBS School Principal presented everyone with a certificate to acknowledge their contribution and time in the CBS. A photographer was on hand to record events and music was by Johnny Hillman until the dawn chorus.
The following day we attended our old Alma Mater to renew memories of good and bad and the infamous Brother O'Keeffe among others. Our day came to a close after a visit to Kilkenny Castle and some refreshments in a local hostillery. All agreed our reunion was a huge success and as we went our seperate ways we made a promise to keep in touch. As committee members we would do all possible to keep our Class of 59 alive going forward. To date, fifteen years on, we kept that promise and we have a core membership of twenty nine. The Class of '59 Society, will continue to maintain friendship beyond the classroom, share social activities/outings and our annual Christmas party. Finally to our deceased classmates, may they Rest in Peace. Ar Dheis De go raibh a-anam.