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Ashton Notes – March 2019

Lindy Hornibrook can be seen in the photograph wearing her Rochelle beret, which she presented to the Ashton school archive

Generous donation the Ashton Archive
Lindy Kingston nee Hornibrook, a past pupil of Rochelle School, recently paid a visit to Ashton. Lindy was a pupil in Rochelle School from 1952 to 1958 approx. Lindy has very fond memories of her school days in Rochelle and it was wonderful to hear her stories in person. In the Rochelle Magazine of 1952 in the Junior Notes, it says, “We all enjoyed the Fancy Dress Party” and that “Lindy was a Turk dressed mostly in red”. In the 1958 Magazine, it is recorded that in Feis Maitiu of that year, Lindy Hornibrook and Jean Gilbert took 2nd place in the Vocal Duet. In 1956, at the laying of the foundation stone for the extension of the gym, the Rochelle magazine notes that Mr Hornibrook, Lindy’s father, the builder for the project, presented Miss Watson (Headmistress) with a “suitably inscribed silver trowel as a memento of the occasion.” Lindy’s daughter Alex Kingston has recently been appointed the Careers Guidance teacher in Ashton, ensuring Lindy’s connection with Rochelle and now with Ashton continues.

Ashton School Choir Trip to Wesley College, Dublin
Members of Ashton School’s newest Department travelled to the Inter Schools Music Festival in Wesley College, Dublin on 1st March. The music students from Ashton School formed five choirs for the day. First to third year students sang ‘Evening Prayer’ from Hansel and Gretel, then the girls sang ‘Ladybird’ by Zoltan Kodály. Fifty-eight students then joined in one voice as they sang ‘Celebrate with Jubilant Song’ in doing so they celebrated six years of music in Ashton School! Ashton’s first ever boys choir then took to the stage with a great rendition of ‘Dulaman’ by Michael McGlynn. The evening ended with the Chamber Choir singing ‘If Ye Love Me’ by Tomas Tallis. The day was organized by Music Teacher Dr O’Brien. The students were accompanied by Mr Landen, Ms Ryall and Ms Murray. Students had the pleasure of watching many choirs from all over Ireland and enjoyed excellent comments from the esteemed adjudicators.

Cork Person of the Month
Everyone in the school is delighted and proud that retired Ashton teacher and Sean-Nós singer Máire Ní Chéileachoir has been named as Cork Person of the Month for February. It is the latest in a line of honours for Máire. She was recently awarded the acclaimed Corn Uí Riada at Oireachtas na Gaeilge. In 2018, she was also crowned TG4’s Singer of the Year and has just launched her second CD Ceantar Glas Mhúscraí. Máire continues her teaching by passing on her knowledge to aspiring young musicians at UCC and in the community.