School Remembrance Garden blessed by Limerick Bishop

School Remembrance Garden blessed by Limerick Bishop Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, blessing the Remembrance Garden at Athea National School. Pic: Brendan Gleeson

A new Remembrance Garden has been opened in a Limerick school and was blessed by Bishop Brendan Leahy who attended its opening.

Coinciding with Grandparents Day, Athea National School opened the Remembrance Garden last week as a place for pupils to play and relax, as well as being an area of reflection for all.

A ‘Grandparents and Friends’ Mass was held in Athea’s parish church, St Bartholomew’s, at 12.30am and was very well attended according to PP Fr Brendan Duggan.

During the event three families remembered young children they lost due to tragedy.

“I was delighted, it was great for the parish, and for Athea,” Fr Duggan told The Irish Catholic.

“Bishop Brendan Leahy was excellent and was very good with the children.”

The priest gave a special thanks to Cllr John Sheahan for his involvement.

The school caters for 157 students and has six mainstream classes, one autistic unit, one early intervention class for children diagnosed with autism and a preschool.