There was a fantastic response to the display of old photographs of previous school events in St. John the Apostle school during the week. There was a real sense of nostalgia and genuine appreciation from former pupils, parents and families in the community. Indeed, some past pupils made huge efforts to be present coming from throughout Cork and different parts of the country. There was also an evident appreciation that the building will be retained by the parish and for educational use. Plans are accelerating for the refurbishment of the building to accommodate St. Killian’s Special School in September. There was also a great attendance of current parents and prospective parents in the hall of Scoil Mhuire Banríon on last Thursday morning to make final and detailed preparations for the newly amalgamated school, Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin in September. The number of Junior Infants enrolled for next September has already exceeded 40 and continues to grow. This illustrates the level of support for the amalgamation process and the provision of a co-educational school. The next phase of the amalgamation process will be to honour the rich traditions of both Scoil Mhuire Banríon and Scoil Eoin Aspal contributing to an even stronger sense of identity for the new school. There will be a special Mass in Scoil Eoin Aspal on Tue. Jun. 20th. The school community of Scoil Mhuire Banríon will participate in the vigil Mass in Our Lady Crowned on Sat. Jun. 24th. The last and final step will be the building and refurbishment works scheduled for both school buildings from early July onwards. The Department of Education and Skills is investing substantial funds in both school buildings ensuring the best of accommodation for both Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin and St.Killian’s Special School. May God bless the work of all those planning for the future of our schools, our parish and our community. These are exciting days for our schools and our parish.