End of an era at New­town school

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THE END of an era was reached in Newtownmountkennedy on Fri­day night with the re­tire­ment of Mau­reen McDer­mott af­ter 34 years of teach­ing.

She be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in St. Brid­get’s Girls School where she taught ju­nior in­fants for many years be­fore tak­ing on sixth class pupils. In 2004 she be­came the home school co­or­di­na­tor and was present when the two pri­mary schools in New­town re­cently amal­ga­mated.

A mass cel­e­brat­ing her con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity was held firstly on Fri­day be­fore every­one was in­vited back to the ju­nior school build­ing for a re­cep­tion in Mau­reen’s hon­our.

The board of man­age­ment pre­sented her with a lap­top com­puter and the par­ents gave her a shop­ping voucher for the Dun­drum Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Chil­dren at the school put plenty of thought into their pre­sen­ta­tion, a framed 1974 front page of the Ir­ish Times from the ex­act day she first started teach­ing.

Mau­reen plans to con­tinue her tire­less work for St. Vin­cent de Paul and in her re­tire­ment also hopes to spend more time with fam­ily mem­bers based over­seas.

Sharon Coster presents Mau­reen McDer­mott with a gift to mark her re­tire­ment af­ter 34 years.

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