Northern Ireland

Book celebrating 70 years of Garron Tower school to be launched this month

A BOOK celebrating 70 years of Catholic education at Garron Tower in Co Antrim is to be launched later this month.

'The Tower: Seventy Years of Memories 1951-2021', compiled by author and former Irish News journalist Denis O'Hara, includes reflections from former students and staff about the school in Carnlough.

The book recalls key events in the school's history, including its establishment in 1951 as a boarding school for boys, the move to co-education in 1983 and the amalgamation of St MacNissi's College at Garron Tower with St Comgall's College in Larne to create St Killian's College in 2010.

The book also includes reflections on the college's first All-Ireland camogie title of March 2022.

A reunion for the class of 1951 - the first group to be educated at the school - will be held on Saturday August 20.

Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown and Bishop of Raphoe Alan McGuckian will celebrate a Mass at noon.

Monsignor Paddy Delargy, the last priest to be President of St MacNissi's College at Garron Tower, will deliver the Homily.

Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor and the singing priests - former Tower students, Fathers David Delargy and Martin and Eugene O'Hagan - will also attend the Mass.