All of us realise the influence a good teacher had on our lives and, in Kilmeade, one of those teachers is remembered with great affection.
Anne Spring died on Monday, 28 November, at St Vincent’s hospital, Athy, a place that Anne called home for many years, due to the debilitating illness that is Multiple Sclerosis.
Anne taught at Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmeade in the late 60s, early 70s, and, on speaking to one of her pupils, Syl O’Brien, during the week, he told me that, as a 10-year-old boy, he and his friends were mostly very reluctant to take their places in class each morning, preferring to take the punishment (corporal at that time) for being late.
“All that changed when Anne Spring came to teach,” Syl said.
“We all loved her and were waiting every morning for her to arrive”.
This wonderful caring woman suffered her illness with great dignity and good humour, due in no small part to the devotion of her husband, family, close friends, and the excellent care she received from the staff at St Vincent’s.
She never lost her sense of style, always beautifully groomed with her hair and makeup done and her nails perfectly manicured.
Her past pupils here in Kilmeade will never forget her and neither will they forget her love of tennis which she played here.
The wider community of parents and friends will also remember her with great fondness.
The condolences of Kilmeadeites are extended to her husband, Barry, her children Louisa and Ronan, son in law Brian, daughter in law Shirley, grandchildren Diarmuid and Aine, her three sisters, in laws, extended family and friends.
Suaimhneas siorrai dhuit Anne.