A New Hall-oween!

We miss Mr. Kelleher everyday at St. Conleth’s but there are certain days on which we miss him more.  Halloween is one: no-one (not even the various vampires, witches and Batmen) enjoyed the annual ‘Spooks’ Parade’ more than Mr. K himself.  He would lead the assorted Junior terrors around the school, invading senior classes with his army of ghouls and delighting in disrupting the humdrum with a burst of creativity and fun.  That this year’s Halloween festivities also marks Mr. Kelleher’s year anniversary seemed especially suitable:  Mr. ODulaing and Fr. Collins presided over an assembly that perfectly mixed the celebration of the holiday with the remembrance of the man who was its ringmaster for so many years.  That this day also coincided with the opening of our new sports hall seems uncanny: no-one over the last 75 years did more to promote the development of the school than Mr. K.  We are not too sure if he would have personally used the ‘Fitness Suite’ (being a bit ‘old skool’ himself regarding his personal fitness regimen) but he would have understood its potential and he certainly would have been delighted with the Performance Hall which is soon to grace the treetops of Clyde Road.  Mr. Kelleher loved to hear the students show their musical talents, and the Halloween assembly provided a tantalising foretaste of the treasures to come, as Eoghan Fitzmaurice’s Dubinersesque ballad and Emer Healy-Kavanagh’s classical harp piece bewitched us all.