Saturday 3 December 2016

'Caitriona was someone you could always depend upon'

Helen Walsh pays tribute to colleague Caitriona Lucas, who died during a Coast Guard search and rescue mission

Helen Walsh

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

Talented: Caitriona Lucas brought her artistic gifts into her work as a librarian in Clare
Talented: Caitriona Lucas brought her artistic gifts into her work as a librarian in Clare

CaitrIona Lucas worked for Clare County Library service from 2000 and was a dedicated, hard working and very talented person. She was originally recruited to work in Lisdoonvarna Library, but in time worked in both Ennistymon and Corofin branches. She was very talented artistically and brought this to all aspects of her library work. She was excellent with the public and to the fore in many programmes connected with children, literacy and reading in the library.

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She had just completed her first year of study for a BSc in Library and Information Studies, which would have given her a qualification in librarianship. She was dynamic and motivated and never once let aspects of her dual life interfere unduly with the other.

One imagines Caitriona coming to work in the library after possibly dangling off a cliff edge an hour earlier, and then sitting down with a group of children for story hour or an art and craft session. She would rarely, if ever, have mentioned the previous episode and had a modesty and humility that was remarkable.

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