SHE started her own schooldays at Scoil Bhride Loreto and today deputy principal Mary Moynihan had plenty of help as she recalled her many happy memories from a distinguished teaching career.
Crowds descended on the classrooms to wish her well at a special celebration for the hugely popular Mrs Moynihan who is retiring after 38 years of dedicated service to the school.
Father Kieran O’Brien, chairperson of the board of management, led a Mass involving the whole school after which presentations were made from the board of management, parents’ association, past pupils and current students.
Fittingly, considering Mrs Moynihan’s love of nature and the care she took to highlight its beauty to her protégés, a tree was planted in the school grounds to remind the children of her every day.
Mrs Moynihan started her own schooldays in Loreto at four years of age. She progressed through Loreto Secondary School and on to Carysfort College and began her teaching career in 1978. “She embraced all new advances in technology, moving with ease from the blackboard and chalk of 1978 to the interactive whiteboard today,” said school principal Mary O’Sullivan.
“At the same time she encouraged the children to keep up the traditional skills of knitting and gardening and to appreciate the beauty of nature and the local history of Killarney. She continuously upskilled herself but always remained unassuming, approachable and willing to share her expertise.”
As deputy principal since 1998, Mrs Moynihan was greatly involved with all developments in the school including the new extension. “She was always available with her warmth, her wisdom and her wealth of experience. This was greatly appreciated,” said Mrs O’Sullivan.
“Mrs Moynihan is a gifted teacher and a true professional who brought out the best in every child. She has been a wise, kind and supportive friend to the whole school community. She has a wealth of knowledge of local history and a love of nature which she shared generously with the children. They will always remember her love for them and her kindness towards them.
“We thank Mrs Moynihan for her kindness and friendship and thirty eight years of hard work and dedication to the children and the school.
“We are sad that Mrs Moynihan is leaving Loreto. We will miss her presence in school everyday, her sense of fun, her empathy, her friendship and kindness, her wisdom and experience, her laughter and common sense.
“We wish Mrs Moynihan every health, happiness and fulfilment as she enters a new stage in her life. We hope she enjoys many new adventures as well as taking a well deserved rest, no longer having to watch the clock.”
Staff members, past and present pupils and family paid tribute to Mary Moynihan, deputy principal, Scoil Bhride Loreto, following a retirement Mass today. Mary Moynihan is pictured here with family and staff members, including Fr Kieran O’Brien, chairperson, board of management, and school principal Mary O’Sullivan. PICTURE: DYLAN CLIFFORD
Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]
Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.
It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.
Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.
As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.
“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.
Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.
Golf club launches Summer Series competition
By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]
By Sean Moriarty
Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.
The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.
Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.
“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”
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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.
The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).
It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.
The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”
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