An interesting artefact with local connections dating back to the late 19th century was put on display for the Senior Classes recently. The framed handkerchief was originally the property of Elizabeth, Empress of Austria who spent six weeks in Ireland in 1879. During her time here she hunted with the Ward Union Hunt. On an outing in the Ashbourne area, she dropped the handkerchief . Local farmer Michael Kennedy found it on his land in Fleenstown and recognising its importance had it returned to the Empress. Elizabeth, presumably pleasantly surprised with the courtesy shown to her, had the handkerchief framed and presented to the Kennedy Family. It has been in the possession of the Bobbett family in Fleenstown for many years. We are most grateful to the Bobbett Family for making this historical item available to us and to Charles Bobbett for taking the time to bring it into our school.