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Mairead Torpey, Principal Teacher of Lisheenkyle National School, retired on the 28th October. A farewell party was held in Holland’s Brier that night and a lovely time was held by all.

The above notice is just as it says a newsflash but the day started for both Mairead, teachers, parents and pupils past and present when the sun got up on that Friday morning the 28th October. It was the day of the Halloween holidays. Both Ann Keary and Ann Lawless were busy with their pupils getting dressed up in their Halloween costumes and preparing for their farewell party for their Principal.

Parents and past pupils and members of the Board of Management also arrived at the school that day. The atmosphere was both of pride and sorrow.

Mairead was presented with a beautiful bronze figure of a Teacher and a Child. It’s beauty can only be appreciated when seen by your own eye. This was presented by the Board of Management. Next was the presentation by the parents past and present of a beautiful gold necklace with a T bar. The children then presented Mairead with a beautiful porcelain doll with their many beautiful self-made cards. Mairead was deeply touched and both herself, teachers and parents could not hold back the tears. Children with their own gift of youth forgot the tears and tucked into the Halloween party of brack, nuts, sweets and drinks.

That night, Mairead and Ol attended her farewell function in Holland’s Briar organised by the Board of Management, Parents Council, parents, pupils both past and present. Music was provided by the Sanatones and all and sundry whirled around the floor singing and reminiscing on times gone by. They came from the four comers of Ireland.

During the night Fr.Tony King, Fr.J.J. Cribbin and Fr. John D. Flannery paid tribute to Mairead for her long years of faithful service and her dedicated commitment to Lisheenkyle School. Rosaleen Madden spoke on behalf of the parents. A letter was read out from Fr. Martin Gleeson wishing Mairead and OI many happy years of retirement. Tears flowed amidst the thanks, joy and sadness of the night. Both Mairead and OI cut her cake together and it reminded them of their wedding day. Mairead thanked each and everyone involved in the whole day and night.

Food was then served and everyone danced and chatted and remembered until the early hours of the morning.

May you both have a long, happy and active life of retirement.

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Written by Friends of Lisheenkyle

Published here 03 Nov 2022 and originally published 1966

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