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27/09/2021

Thornhill’s Class of ’98 get together for huge reunion event in Derry hotel

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A group of former school mates got together for a huge reunion event at the weekend, 20 years after they walked out of the gates together for the last time. The Thornhill Class of ’98 got together at the City Hotel to share their memories of their time at the college. The reunion was organised by Jacqueline Harron, Laura Duffy and Mary Durkan and special guest on the evening was former Thornhill teacher Margaret O’Hara. Speaking to the Derry News, Mary Durkan said that the event allowed old friends to catch up with each other and renew old friendships. “It was a lovely night and it was great to meet up with so many old friends,” said Mary. “I’ll always have a special place in my heart for my school friends and it was so good to reminisce about the craic we had and find out what everyone is up to now. “This was an important year for us because it is 20 years since we left school so it was great to celebrate old friendships and renew old ones. “It’s just hard to believe that we left 20 years ago, because it feels like yesterday. The highlight of the night was the guest of honour Margaret O’Hara accompanying the girls on the piano for a rousing rendition of the school song ‘Proudly Wave the Mercy Banner’. “Miss O’Hara was recently nominated for ‘Centenary Woman of the Year’ and she’s a real Thornhill legend,” Mary added. “We were so delighted to have her there and we even had our mercy banner.” A candle was lit on the evening in memory of four members of the class who have passed away. “I would like to thank the City Hotel and everyone who helped make the night a success,” said Mary. “Once a Thornhill girl, always a Thornhill girl,” added Jacqueline. The money that was raised from the evening was donated to Kinship Care.

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