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Retirement Function – August 2023

On Friday 25th August, we held a retirement function at Quinn’s Corner for a number of our esteemed former colleagues.

Miss Majella Donnelly has committed over 30 years of service to St Ciaran’s College. Majella was appointed in September 1989, joining the Language department. During that time she organised French clubs and trips to Paris. Majella carried out the role of exams officer to the highest standard, her organisation and attention to detail was outstanding. She diligently worked her way to Senior Management, where she was highly thought of by staff and students alike.

The highly talented Mrs Oonagh McGirr has devoted 30 years to our Music department. Oonagh was the head of Music and is to be commended for her commitment to the extra-curricular life of the school. Many popular musical productions were directed under her watchful eye, with the most recent being the successful production of Legally Blonde. Oonagh directed and enthused the school choir for many school events, including the school carol service, school Masses and won UTV School Choir of the Year!

Mr Brendan McKenna joined the English department in 1993. During this time, he embraced school life, coaching football teams, directing debating teams and being the union representative for the NASUWT members. Brendan was head of English and regularly acted as M.C. for many school events. He often became involved with school productions, most recently playing the role of Professor Callahan in the school production of Legally Blonde in 2019.

Mrs Maria Curran joined the P.E. department in 1995, where she coached many students at various sports. Maria was also head of department for a number of years, before making the transfer to careers. There she guided and inspired many students on a career pathway, that was tailored to them. Maria was also head of Careers and during this time she developed an awareness of skill shortages in engineering and manufacturing, at a local level. This led to her taking a career break and becoming Project Director at MEGA (Manufacturing & Engineering, Growth & Advancement). We wish Maria every success with this role.

Mrs Goretti Cockburn joined the St. Ciaran’s staff in 2015 as a classroom assistant. During this time Goretti provided help, support and guidance to many students and staff. Goretti had a natural flair for horticulture and enjoyed passing on her knowledge to students in the greenhouse.

We wish Oonagh, Majella, Brendan and Goretti a long, fun-filled and healthy retirement.

We also bid farewell to Mrs Emma Carey, Mrs Eimhear Doyle and Mrs Sinead McCoy; wishing them every success in their new schools.


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