"A MOTHER figure dedicated to her pupils."
That's how Laura O'Grady was described at her funeral Mass.
Laura spent 34 years teaching at St. Asicus National School, Strandhill.
She passed away peacefully at her home in Springfield on January 16th.
Former pupils and colleagues paid tribute to her in a Guard of Honour at St. Anne's Church.
Chief Celebrant, Fr. Dominick Gillooly, told a packed congregation that Laura had expressed the wish to be taken to St. Anne's in the days before her death.
Fr. Gillooly was assisted by Canon Niall Ahern, Strandhill and Fr. Steve Walshe, St. Anne's.
Fr. Gillooly recalled that he had been on the interview board when Laura - nee Harrison, Abbey Street-applied for a job at St. Asicus.
He then had the pleasant duty to call to her house to inform her she had been successful.
It was the start of a long and distinguished career in Strandhill.
Laura taught 3rd and 4th class and had taught junior infants for the past seven years.
She was diagnosed with cancer just over two years ago. She took early retirement in 2011. Laura is survived by her children Brian, Niall and Lisa; mother, Lucy; sister, Irene (Reddington), brother-in-law, Jim; Padraig O'Grady, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives neighbours and many friends.
The late Laura O'Grady.