NO FEWER than 14 retired members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation were honoured at a bi-annual dinner dance held in the Ashdown Park Hotel recently.
The former teachers and principals were joined by their families and former colleagues for an evening that included a meal and music and dancing afterwards.
In attendance was Anne Fay, national president of the organisation, who thanked the retirees for their years of service to education.
Among the retirees were: Mary McDonald, formerly a teacher in Riverchapel, who was later seconded to the Department of Education to work in the inspectorate and on the curriculum; Dorothy Kenny, former principal in Castletown, and former INTO branch chairwoman and branch secretary. She previously served as principal in Ballyfad, and also taught in Monamolin; Dorothy Hatton, who taught in Gorey Central School for many years; Mary Carlin, who taught in Camolin; Joss O'Neill, Noeleen Brown, Mary Sheil, and Margaret O'Callaghan, all who taught in the Loreto, Gorey, and Ann O'Neill, who served as principal in the Loreto, and was teacher for many years before that; Evan Stack, who was principal in Riverchapel, and Ballythomas before that; Eilish Ryan, teacher in Kilmuckridge; Frank Doyle and Mary Browne, former principal and vice-principal in Ballyoughter respectively; and Mary Lee, resource teacher in Ballygarrett and Monamolin.
Sean Ó Dubhlaing spoke on behalf of the South East District Branch, and Gorey branch secretary Caitriona Osborne also said a few words of tribute. Compliments went to Caitriona, and Niamh Doyle, Aoife Fortune and Maria Osborne who organised the night.
The members were asked to help with pre-Budget lobbying to value primary education in the next and future budgets.