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Tommy says goodbye to St Oliver’s after 38 years teaching

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By Michelle Crean

For over 40 years, teacher Tommy Galvin has been inspiring young scholars - but that is all behind him now as he said a final farewell on Friday as he retired.

​​​​​​​The well-known and popular teacher taught in St Oliver’s Ballycasheen for over 38 years, having begun his career teaching for three years in Ballymun, Dublin.

It was a different kind of retirement from one he may have imagined this time last year, as Level 5 restrictions and the school's COVID safety measures meant that there was no big fanfare in the school hall like there'd normally be.

However, Tommy, who is known for his love of nature and inspiring pupils to get out and explore their surroundings spent the last few weeks taking classes out on nature trips as his way of saying goodbye.

Tommy, who was also Assistant Principal and central to many aspects of school life, will be hugely missed by all in school, Principal Rory Darcy told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

"A respected teacher, his love of the outdoors ensured the children in his care learned about the flora and fauna of their native place," Rory said.

"Trips to Torc, Mangerton, Muckross, the Lakes and the Old Kenmare Road brought learning outside the classroom."

Tommy’s love of local history shone through his teaching – his pupils often learning that all national and even international events can be studied in a local context, he added.

"A keen sportsman, Mr Galvin believed in ‘sport for all’ organising a wide range of sports at school and inter-school level. His contribution to the spiritual life of the pupils in his care was also considerable, particularly around Confirmation classes. His interest and pride in the hundreds of pupils he taught over the years was incredible and meeting many of them around the town or at his beloved Killarney Legion brought Tommy great joy.

For the last month and a half he has taken groups out on nature trips, Rory explained.

"On Friday to mark the occasion he brought the Sixth Classes out to the forrest for a trip to say goodbye and we had a ceremony there. Seven, including Sheila Casey Chair of the Board of Management, Fr Niall Howard, Harry O'Neill from Killarney Golf Club, Mary his wife, Sean McDermott a retired teaching colleague, Deputy Principal Tim Horgan and myself, gathered in the hall and made a presentation to him. Tommy then called to each of the zones within the school to say goodbye. We will miss him. All in St Oliver’s wish Tommy, his wife Mary and their children Myles and Honor, every happiness in the years ahead."

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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