Farewell to our Friend


Retirement of Mrs. Mary Moynihan Deputy Principal of Scoil Bhride, Loreto.

A large crowd gathered in Scoil Bhríde, Loreto on Friday 24th June to pay tribute to  Mrs. Mary Moynihan who is retiring this year after thirty eight years of dedicated service to the school and to bid her a fond farewell.

Mass involving the whole school, was celebrated by Fr. Kieran O’Brien Chairperson of the Board of Management. Presentations were made from the Board of Management, Parents’ Association, past pupils and the children.

A tree was planted in the school grounds to remind the children of Mrs. Moynihan every day.  After tributes to Mrs. Moynihan in prose verse and song Mrs. O’Sullivan thanked every child, past pupil, every parent and Board of Management member who helped to organise the celebration

Mrs. Moynihan started school in Loreto at four years of age.  She progressed through Loreto Secondary School and on to Carysfort College.

Mrs. Moynihan began her teaching career in 1978.  She embraced all new advances in technology, moving with ease from the blackboard and chalk of 1978 to the interactive whiteboard today.

At the same time she encouraged the children to keep up the traditional skills of knitting and gardening and to appreciate the beauty of nature and the local history of Killarney. She continuously upskilled herself but always remained unassuming, approachable and willing to share her expertise.

Mrs. Moynihan is a true team player who was always loyal to Loreto. As Deputy Principal since 1998 Mrs. Moynihan was greatly involved with all developments in the school including the new building extension.  She was always available with her warmth, her wisdom and her wealth of experience. This was greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Moynihan is a gifted teacher and a true professional who brought out the best in every child. She has been a wise, kind and supportive friend to the whole school community. She has a wealth of knowledge of local history and a love of nature which she shared generously with the children.  They will always remember her love for them and her kindness towards them.

We thank Mrs. Moynihan for her kindness and friendship and thirty eight years of hard work and dedication to the children and the school.

We are sad that Mrs. Moynihan is leaving Loreto. We will miss her presence in school everyday, her sense of fun, her empathy, her friendship and kindness, her wisdom and experience, her laughter and common sense.

We wish Mrs. Moynihan every health, happiness and fulfilment as she enters a new stage in her life.  We hope she enjoys many new adventures as well as taking a well deserved rest, no longer having to watch the clock.

Guímid gach rath ort Máire san todhchaí agus gura fada buan tú.