This week sees the summer closure of our primary schools. Already since the end of May the secondary schools have been on holiday, except of course for those taking state examinations.

The past few ‘Covid years’ have posed particular challenges for our schools, and online learning is something that was thrust upon them. Teachers and pupils were pushed into a sharp learning curve and managed to continue education under the severe constraints imposed by the pandemic. All those involved, across all the schools, are deserving of high praise indeed, for the professional and efficient way they rose to the challenge.

Time to say goodbye……….
Ed26jun2In St. Mary’s parish, some significant staff changes will take place in Scoil Mhuire Girls’ School.

Mrs. Mary McIvor who has been on the staff there for the past 42 years and has served as Principal for 28 of those years, will retire. During her time as principal Scoil Mhuire has continued to build on the solid foundations laid by the Presentation Sisters in years past. She has carefully fostered the ethos of the school while also making it a place of welcome for girls from different faith traditions and backgrounds. It has also been a time of renewal of the school buildings and facilities, and she leaves behind a well-run and highly organised school to be proud of, which will serve the Lucan community well in to the future.

Ed26jun3Also retiring this year is Mrs. Mary Lohan the Deputy Principal. Mrs. Lohan is another long serving dedicated member of staff with some 34 years’ service; she has made an enormous contribution in maintaining the high standards that characterise the school. For many years Mrs. Lohan was also involved in the provision of religious education classes for the catholic children attending St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland School, a task to which she brought the same dedication and commitment that she brought to her role in Scoil Mhuire.

Schools are central to the life of a parish and local community, and as we bid farewell to the two Marys we thank them both profoundly for the very considerable contribution their combined service has made through the years. May they both have many years of health and happiness to enjoy the retirement they so richly deserve.

We wish all the members of our school communities across the Lucan parishes, teachers, SNA’s, secretaries, caretakers, cleaners and members of the Boards of Management a happy summer break. May the batteries be fully recharged! September won’t be long in coming around!

Philip Curran
St. Mary’s Lucan


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