On Wednesday 15th of May, Minister for Education Joe McHugh T.D. officially opened the Garden of Remembrance in Firhouse Community College. The garden was first suggested following the sad and untimely death of two members of staff in October 2016 and January 2017. Ms Maher and her Leaving Certificate Applied class first suggested the idea of a Garden of Remembrance and they began work. The Parents’ Council then enthusiastically embraced the idea and got involved. In the meantime they have worked tirelessly in fundraising and seeking sponsorship. A great number of local businesses and organisations have generously embraced and supported the project. Without their help and support the garden could not have been developed and completed to such a high standard. What started out as a ‘small project’ took on a life of its own and with the help and enthusiasm of a great many people it is now nearing completion. The local Mens’ Shed Group in Firhouse also worked with the students. They have done so much hard work over the last couple of months, which they would not have got done without their cheerful help. Some of the TY students have also got involved and have done some Trojan work.
Chairperson of Firhouse Community College Parents Council Natalie Ward, Minister for Education Joe McHugh T.D. and Principal Senan Nolan. Pic Credit MJ Photography
The end result is, they believe, a garden that will be a peaceful, quiet and beautiful space where they welcome relatives and friends of staff and students we have lost along the way. We have a long tradition in Firhouse Community College of remembering past students and colleagues and each year, they hold a Mass of Remembrance on the first Monday in February. This date has been deliberately chosen as the start of Spring and the start of a new season and the new life and growth and hope which that brings with it.
Firhouse Community College Principal Senan Nolan speaking at the event.
The school hopes that the garden will be an extension of this fine tradition. They have chosen a quiet and beautiful corner of the college grounds where nature abounds. It is a place with mature trees, new flower beds, lots of bird song and a resident robin who has overseen all the work undertaken. Our hope now is that it will become a place where you can come and spend some time in quiet thought and reminisce over the good times we have all shared. They hope that it will be a place where you will find comfort and peace and where you know that your loved one is remembered and valued.