PHOTO GALLERY: Retirement party for Bryan O'Reilly, principal of Scoil Mhuire Junior school, Newbridge

Twenty years at the helm

Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue


Scoil Mhuire Junior School principal, Bryan O'Reilly was given a heart warming send off to mark his retirement last week with a special series of events including a Thanksgiving Mass on December 8, followed by a party at Hotel Keadeen later that night.

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On October 1 1997, Bryan O’ Reilly took over the principalship at the Newbridge school from Mrs Nan Carey.  Like many other schools in the locality Scoil Mhuire Junior expanded over the intervening years.

Buildign work on a €2.2m extension is currently underway on the Scoil Mhuire campass, devised by Bryan with his colleague and counterpart, Gerry King, Principal, Scoil Mhuire Senior.

Chairperson of the Board of Management Eileen Hall previously thanked Bryan and said he has left "a fine legacy".  

"We are sad and sorry to see him go. Over the years, together with his staff, he has created a learning centre of excellence. Children were encouraged to become their best selves. He fostered a love of learning and a caring and safe environment for those in his charge. No stone was left unturned in sourcing the very best for his young pupils and staff. His leadership, enthusiasm, diligence and attention to detail are but a few of his many qualities. There is no doubt that this man loved and enjoyed his job. He knew all 425 of his pupils by name and by need," she said.