Fond farewell to caretaker Oliver
RETIREMENT 27 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO ST. FERGAL’S NATIONAL SCHOOL
THE STAFF and pupils of St. Fergal’s Junior National School wished farewell last Thursday to their old friend Oliver Lowe, who retired as caretaker of the school after 27 years of faithful service.
Oliver said that while he will miss his work very much his plans on spending the next few weeks and spending plenty of time with his family, his wife Frances and their children and grandchildren.
‘Mr. Lowe has been an icon to generations of children in the school,’ said Principal Maire Dunphy. ‘It is with some sadness that we say Slán leat agus go raibh maith agat. We wish him a long and happy retirement. Thank you Oliver.’
Oliver was presented with farewell cards from the children as well as a beautiful piece of crystal from the school followed by a party that night in the Martello with the staff.
‘It’s just amazing how fast 27 years can pass,’ he said, adding that he had been there when some of the parents of current pupils had been at the school.
His own children and grandchildren also attended St. Fergal’s and he said that it was great to go in to work and see them there during the day.
‘My last day brought back many memories. When I looked around at some of the faces I recognised the kids of people who had been at the school when I first started.’
A keen sports fan, Oliver will continue to support his favourites, Liverpool and Leinster, in football and rugby. He goes to all the Leinster matches.
Oliver also enjoys music and walking, and there is no doubt that he take full advantage of a long and happy retirement with no shortage of company.
The staff and children of St. Fergal’s say goodbye to caretaker Oliver Lowe in their own colourful way.