The Patrician Primary School’s centinary celebrations continued last week with two staged productions of “Oh, Brother! Boru’s Wife was a Lily White??” last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Written and directed by Francis T Kirke, the huge outdoor pageant celebrated 100 years of the school building and the thousand anniversary of the battle of Clontarf and paid a moving tribute to those from Newbridge who gave their lives in the Great War.
Full of colour and spectacle the show featured three giant size replicas of Brian Boru, Sigrid the Viking and ‘Gormliath”, Boru’s second wife who came from Naas.
“These were made by the staff and pupils in the school,” said Francis.
“Led by Noreen Doyle of Patrician Primary School, a 3m x 14m depiction of the school worked as a background for the show, whilst the seascape of Clontarf and embleming of Odin and the provinces depicted other scenes.”
Local Garda Olywn Howard led the 6m longboat in his ‘Viking’ squad car followed by Eddie Monaghan on his tryke to much applause alongside the Patrician Primary School Band.
Well known local singer Tammy Brown sang Queens, “We are the Champions” accompanied by the children, as well as the finale of “Those were the days”.
While on four different occasions all 342 children were on stage simultaneously.
Meanwhile the “Battle Scene”, using 150 swords, 100 spears and 80 shields made by school caretaker Sean Smullen was praised thanks to the choreography arranged by Paula Conlan.
The production was described as a ‘whole school approach’ to an outdoor show.
The school was built in 1914 and the centinary celebrations have continued successfully over the year.