‘Caro­line pas­sion­ately be­lieved in the pro­vi­sion of higher ed­u­ca­tion for County Wex­ford’

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

COL­LEAGUES from the Wex­ford Campus of IT Car­low have paid trib­ute to for­mer Head of Campus Caro­line Mur­phy fol­low­ing her un­timely pass­ing af­ter a brave bat­tle with can­cer. Caro­line started out her ca­reer in nurs­ing, a chap­ter of her life which took up 22 years and saw her work in var­i­ous roles in Sligo, Gal­way, Water­ford and En­nis­cor­thy, cul­mi­nat­ing in her role as Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing at St John of God House, En­nis­cor­thy.

In 2002, Caro­line was sec­onded from the HSE to project man­age the amal­ga­ma­tion and in­te­gra­tion of nurse ed­u­ca­tion in the south east re­gion. Four years later, she took up a lec­tur­ing po­si­tion in the School of Nurs­ing in Water­ford In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy ( WIT).

In 2010 Caro­line joined In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low as Head of the Wex­ford Cen­tre.

‘Caro­line shone in meet­ings and so­cial gath­er­ings where she was a tire­less and vo­cif­er­ous ad­vo­cate of the Wex­ford Campus and its con­tri­bu­tion to the county,’ said her col­league and friend, Dr Janette Davies, Deputy Head of Campus.

‘She be­lieved pas­sion­ately in the im­por­tance of the Wex­ford Campus and the pro­vi­sion of higher ed­u­ca­tion in county Wex­ford and be­yond. This was ob­vi­ous to all who meet her. No moun­tain was too high to climb if it meant she would meet the higher ed­u­ca­tion needs of county Wex­ford, and she led the de­liv­ery of many unique pro­grammes to the Campus such as the BSc. in Sus­tain­able Farm Man­age­ment and AgriBusi­ness the pro­vi­sion of a ded­i­cated pro­gramme in Foster Care.’

Caro­line was ex­tremely highly thought of by all her col­leagues who com­mented on the warmth, gen­eros­ity and sense of fun she brought to work ev­ery day. Caro­line was de­lighted to at­tend the most re­cent con­fer­ring of awards for the Wex­ford Campus in The Na­tional Opera House back in De­cem­ber and mid­way through the cer­e­mony she re­ceived a truly spon­ta­neous and heart­felt stand­ing ova­tion from all present - a fit­ting trib­ute and a real sig­nal of the high re­gard in which she was held.

A state­ment from IT Car­low read: ‘ The staff of In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Car­low and the Wex­ford Campus are hon­oured to have worked with Caro­line over the past few years and will miss her tremen­dously. We ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies to Caro­line’s fam­ily.’

Out­side of work, one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions which Caro­line loved be­ing in­volved with was En­nis­cor­thy Gospel Choir.

They choir played a sig­nif­i­cant part in her funeral mass on Fri­day, per­form­ing a num­ber of her favourite songs from re­cent years. A spokesper­son for the group com­mented that it ‘was a very sad and emo­tional day for En­nis­cor­thy Gospel Choir as we sang a num­ber of Caro­line’s favourite songs at her funeral Mass.

‘We were truly hon­oured to be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the Mass. Caro­line was a val­ued mem­ber of the choir from the be­gin­ning and she em­bod­ied the ethos of the choir - fun, faith and friend­ship. Caro­line will be greatly missed by ev­ery­one in the choir and we ex­tend our sin­cer­est sym­pa­thies to her fam­ily.’

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