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‘A gifted teacher who brought out the best in every child’

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Staff members and family with Mary Moynihan, deputy principal, Scoil Bhride Loreto, on the occasion of her retirement, including Fr Kieran O'Brien and principal Mary O'Sullivan.

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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

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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