The kids at Kildangan National School bade farewell to their principal Marie Quigley last Thursday, April 14.
Mrs Quigley has officially retired after a 40-year teaching career at the school, the last 13 years of which were spent as principal.
A special mass was celebrated for the school in Kildangan church, after which there was a party back at the school for the pupils, parents and friends.
Oisín O Raghallaig, the youngest pupil at the school, helped Mrs Quigley plant a tree, while Gavin Coakley, the eldest student, presented the retiring principal with a bunch of flowers.
“She will be very much missed,” said Chanel Broughall, parents’ representative on the Board of Management.
“She is a lovely woman who knows the names of all the children in the school. She is very involved in the community and the GAA.” Mrs Quigley is married to John and the family lives locally in the village.
Kildangan National School has grown substantially since Mrs Quigley took up her first post there, and now has over 210 pupils. Its new principal is Monasterevin woman Sheelagh Murphy.