Naas primary school principal Joe Hartnett is retiring

Well respected teacher was also principal in Newbridge school

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Naas primary school principal Joe Hartnett is retiring

Joe Hartnett

The principal at the Scoil Bhríde primary school in Naas is to stand down later this year.

Joe Hartnett, is to retire with effect from early October, after a long career as a teacher - all of which was spent in County Kildare.

“I’m delighted to be finishing my career in Scoil Bhride where there is a great spirit thanks to the teachers, pupils and parents. I feel I’ve been lucky to get the job and to have such committed teachers,“ said Mr  Hartnett.

He has been principal at Scoil Bhride for over two years, following the untimely passing of Fiona O’Reilly, who had been the head teacher since the school opened.

Mr Hartnett is well known in the County Kildare area and has been a teacher for 38 years.

A native of Kilmurry, Macroom, County Cork, he  was previously principal of Milltown National School and was also principal at St. Conleth’s and Mary’s National School in Newbridge. He also worked at St Fiacc’s National School in Graiguecullen.

Scoil Bhride opened off Sallins Road (near the GAA club, where the school was initially situated) in 2003 with two or three teachers and today 670 pupils are enrolled there and with nearly 40 teachers employed.

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