Mass to celebrate 100 years of St Eugene’s

ONE CENTURY OLD!. . . P1/2 and P3 pupils pictured at St. Eugene's Primary School on Tuesday launching the school's 100th Anniversary celebrations. Events will take place at the cityside school all next week. DER4314MC063
ONE CENTURY OLD!. . . P1/2 and P3 pupils pictured at St. Eugene's Primary School on Tuesday launching the school's 100th Anniversary celebrations. Events will take place at the cityside school all next week. DER4314MC063

A special Mass to celebrate the centenary of St Eugene’s Primary School - formerly the Wee Nuns - will take place in St Eugene’s Cathedral this afternoon (Tuesday).

Bishop of Derry. Donal McKeown,will celebrate the mass which will be attended by current and past pupils of the school. An invite has also been extended to parents, grandparents and all those who have close associations to St Eugene’s Infant School.

Among the school’s well known past pupils are Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, the school’s principal Declan Hegarty, veteran campaigner Eamon McCann, UTV journalist Mark McFadden, Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey and the late Gerry Anderson

St Eugene’s Infant School and St Eugene’s Senior School were amalgamated into St Eugene’s Primary School in 1991. The infant school, was first opened in 1914 to alleviate the congestion experienced by an over subscribed senior school.

Current principal Declan Hegarty said: “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of education in St Eugene’s Infant School. The school is remembered affectionately by its past pupils, many who still arrive each day to collect their children on grandchildren. Over the years the Infant School and the esteem it holds in this local parish is a lasting testament to all the teachers and in particular to the Sisters of Mercy who strove to ensure the children from this area received the education they deserved.”