Gormanston College celebrated it’s 60th anniversary last Thursday, 23rd October. To mark this special occasion, a ceremonial and liturgical event took place in the school for the present students and staff, as well as Franciscan friars, retired teachers, past pupils.
The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Meath, Most Rev Dr Michael Smith, and was attended by local representatives, including, Junior Minister for Education, Damien English, Helen McEntee TD and Senator Thomas Byrne.
After much deliberation, the Irish Franciscans decided to move their secondary school from Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath to Gormanston, Co. Meath in 1954. The first students arrived in Gormanston Castle on 9th September 1954 – all 40 of them, and they were dubbed from that day onwards, as the “Forty Thieves.” They were to remain in the castle until the new college was built. These students would be the first in a line of thousands of students who have attended Franciscan College, Gormanston, over the past 60 years.
In celebrating this particular event it provided the school with the opportunity to launch the opening of their new status within the Free Education Scheme. Although their status has changed, their ethos remains firmly the same. The mission is to promote Franciscan College Gormanston as they work collaboratively to “create accountable and principled students” as has been the case for the past 60 years in Gormanston, and prior to that during the years in Multyfarnham.