Some schools are old and some schools are new ,
St Gabriels was established as the numbers grew .
Some schools are opened and some schools are closed ,
Now the day has come for St Gabes to close its doors too .
Before they close the doors of my old school ,
I thought Iíd sneak in for one last final look .
I go up the stairs then past the bats office into the library
To open up a book .
The book Iíve found is all about Saint Gabriels and the things
that have happened through the years .
Itís a gem of a book so take a look through the pages
Youíll find youíll be fighting back tears .
The book came alive for me and I could see things how they used to be ,
back when I was young
Outside I heard the whistle blow on the front Taramac pitch
where five a side had begun .
I saw some old photos of Wheatfield House
and spoke to some lads who once played with hurley sticks .
I hear Mr Boydís voice scream out again
ďAll of you line up , you are going to get six ď
We escaped behind the woodwork room for a smoke .
The bamboo cane we didnít want to know.
Mc Laughlin and Coconut were ok .
Mr Mc Pharland pretended he didnít know .
Our teachers at Saint Gabs didnít make a fuss about things that much
Thatís just the way it was .
As boys we walked together up and down the Crumlin Road .
Some followed , others broke the laws .
Some went on the beak ,
Some stayed home .
Some went to school to talk as well as to listen and learn .
To do and to teach was the school motto ,
and we all had time to watch the wheel of life turn .
We put on plays in the assembly hall opposite the gym .
School dinners were served there too .
Then St Gabes youth Club started up and there we were
doing Judo , boxing and football too .
We didnít care if the classroom was freezing cold
because we could adapt to that at school .
One day my teacher he said to me ,
Here its success for all
Donít you be nobodyís fool .
We were taught to sing in French and German ,
And Mr Mulvena was an inspiration .
Adding it up and finding the remainder ,
Then what we had left was an education .
We had fun being young at St Gabes and in time we
worked it through until it all made sense .
To sum up how I feel about life at St Gabes ,
Iíd say it was a great experience .
By Paul McCann