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Ulster family of girls spend 52 years at same school

A Creggan family will this year conclude an amazing record of having at least one girl of successive generations as a pupil at a local school for 52 consecutive years.

Since 1960 a female member of the McMillan family has studied at Thornhill College - an all girls’ school - but when granddaughter, Grainne Baker, collects her exam results this August, it will be the first break in attendance by the family in over half a century.

While the family quip that they saved the best for last - Grainne is bound for Oxford University - the academic record of the 11 siblings will certainly be difficult to surpass with many ending up teaching in various parts of the world.

Proving the adage “an education is easy carried” many of the women have “scattered around the world,” according to Kathleen McMillan. “We still all meet up once a year, we’re very lucky, even though my mother and father are gone we all have each other.”

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