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This Kildare school boasts 22 different sets of twins...

And 28 if you count staff. Attack of the clones…

twins2 Source: Salesian College/Facebook

THERE’S SOMETHING STRANGE going on in east Kildare.

Salesian College in Celbridge today celebrated something a little unique – Twin Day.

They’ve 22 separate sets of twins on their books. That’s 19 sets, two split sets with sisters in another school, and one round of triplets.

20150508_082450 (1) David and Neven Maguire, Lloyd and Declan Bracken (l to r) Source: Lloyd Bracken

And that’s just the students, a further six members of staff, five teachers and one secretary, are part of a set also.

So, 28 sets all told. Ridiculous.

The school itself is a large one, with 700 pupils, so only about 5% of them are replicas of each other.  It’s still more twins than we can quite contemplate.

facebook Source: Salesian College/Facebook

twins Source: Salesian College/Facebook

“It’s a very, very unique event,” religion and Irish teacher Lloyd Bracken, himself a twin, told TheJournal.ie.

My own twin, Declan, came up from Cork for this, and David Maguire’s (another teacher) brother Neven came up from Charleville.

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20150508_095438 Spot the odd one out Source: Lloyd Bracken

Yes, that’s tv’s Neven Maguire, Ireland’s foremost celebrity chef. And secret twin too. Could he be the evil one?

The whole celebration ends the school’s Friendship Week, a laudable concept in itself.

20150508_095044 Source: Lloyd Bracken

“Anyone who is a twin knows how well they do friendship,” says Bracken.

We’ve had Random Act of Kindness Day and now we’re having Twin Day.
Our twins are agents of friendship throughout the school. I call it a fellowship, but that’s just my inner Tolkien talking.
The twins were told they have a mission to win victories for humanity working out of the solid base of unconditional love that defines their relationship.

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