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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


School to celebrate 75th anniversary

BALLYMACASH Primary School will celebrate its 75th anniversary next month and would like to invite former members of staff and pupils to help mark the special occasion.

As the oldest primary educational establishment on the North side of Lisburn, Ballymacash Primary School moved to its current site on May 30 1931. Three quarters of a century later the school has continued to maintain a central role in the educational community of Lisburn City.

A special week of events has been planned for May 22nd 26th and it is hoped that contact can be made with as many former staff and pupils as possible prior to this.

Aimed at celebrating both the past and present successes of the school, each day will have a different focus involving pupils, parents, local businesses and of course former pupils and staff.

In preparation for the week, the school is gathering memorabilia from the school's history for display in a special anniversary museum. Contact has already been made with several of the original pupils from 1931. If you are a former pupil or staff member and know of the whereabouts of any pictures, stories, books etc. suitable for loan to the museum, please contact the school secretary.

Please put these dates in your diary. To assist with seating arrangements and catering, it would be appreciated if those planning to attend the events please contact the school office on 9266 4244.


A photograph taken in September 1931 shortly after the opening of Ballymacash Public Elementary School.

Back Row L-R: _ Mathers; L. Duncan; H. Dawson; J. Chambers; Robert Fair; _ Quinn; J. Belshaw; ; R. Carlisle; N. Ireland; D. Lowry; K. Fleming; A. Ireland; J. McKnight; H. McDowell.

Middle Row: _ Mathers; _ Kennedy; _ Kennedy; M. Quinn; D. Ross; M. Fletcher; _ Leith; M. Hance; ; V. McKnight; _ Kennedy; I. Richardson; N. McBride.

Front Row: D. Malcolm; S. Best; M. Fletcher; ; J. McKnight; _ Moffett; G. Duncan; _ Duncan; _ Fletcher: S. Armstrong: W. Abbott.

If you recognise, know the whereabouts of, or even are, any of the people in this picture please contact Ballymacash Primary School. US14-880SP

A photograph taken about 1932.
Front row: L-R: Tommy McKinstry; Sandy Cantley; Vera McKnight; Eva Reid; E Caswell; ; R Ross; E Kennedy; Doreen Nettleship; E Gracey; ; Ida Curran; Irene Poots; Mabel Quinn;
Middle row: Robert Quinn; Billy Duncan; Steward Gamble; ; Herbie McBride; Billy Abbott; Willie Cowan; Jim Mairs; Jim Best; ; James McKinstry; H Fletcher; Johnnie Nettleship; ; B Abbott; N Best.
Back row: Blanch Abernethy; Maudie Boyd; Dollie Jameson; Mollie Ireland; ; Nora Curran; Dorothy Lowry; Winnie Milligan; N Hance; Sadie Hunter; Peggy Ireland; Isa Gracey; May Richardson; Pearlie Malcolm; Mollie Ross; Lizzie Russell; Eileen Lowry; Miss Barnes. US14-881SP

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