Sunday 21 July 2019

O'Fiaich College's teacher Ann retires

Rosemary Fee, Martina O’Reilly, Elma Martin, Ann McKey, Nicola Quinn and Ann Frawley at the retirement function for Ann held in Kennedy’s Bar
Rosemary Fee, Martina O’Reilly, Elma Martin, Ann McKey, Nicola Quinn and Ann Frawley at the retirement function for Ann held in Kennedy’s Bar

Dundalk After Dark

One retirement party I certainly wasn't going to miss last weekend was Ann McKey from Lower Point Road who recently finished with O'Fiaich College after more years than she remembered. The party was thrown by her fellow teachers in O'Fiaich in Kennedys on Friday night and a big crowd were attendance to wish her all the best for the future.

Ann was accompanied by her husband and well known bus driver Kevin and daughter Susan, missing from the party was daughter Niamh in London and son Fergal in Canada. She told me she doesn't have any quiet time now because her various hobbies and interests will be keeping her busy for some time to come.

I then got talking to main organiser of the night Martina O'Reilly from Carrickmacross who worked in unison with Elma Martin, Nicola Quinn, Anne Frawley and Rosemary Fee to make sure the night was a huge success.

Not too long later I met up with school principal Padraig McGowan who told me that Ann was a totally dedicated teacher who taught to the highest levels and showed great interest in her students, was an excellent childcare course co-ordinator and worked way above and beyond what was required. Padraig was there with his wife Susan who also wanted to Ann all the best for the future.

Seated close by were Nicola Quin from Newry Road and Patricia Minogue from Carrickmacross who said Ann would be sadly missed and they were there to give her a good send off because she certainly deserved it.

Next, I got a word with Pauline McGuinness from Blackrock who told me Ann is wonderful teacher and a beautiful lady and a great friend to all the staff.

She was sitting with Emma Mackin from Drogheda who also said Ann is a real lady and the school just isn't the same without her.

Also in their company were Rosemary Fee from Blackrock and Ann Frawley from Ravensdale who said they were all there to give her the send off she truly deserved.

I headed over for a chat with Ann's husband Kevin and daughter Susan who told me she is extremely busy since she hung up the chalk and duster and Susan said she has to book two weeks in advance if she wants to get her attention!

They were enjoying the company of Mary Kerr from Bay Estate who has also retired and said she was there to show her the way.

Heading for another table I then got talking to Maureen Marron from Haggardstown, Catherine O'Connor from Bay Estate and Joan McKenna from Knockbridge who all agreed she is a true lady and they were going to make sure she had a great night.

Seated close by were Aoife Lynch from Blackrock and Karen Varley from Rock Road who described Ann as a lovely person and will be genuinely be missed.

Not too far away I then caught up with Evelyn Sheerin from Ashbrook, Marie McMullin from Cooley and Karen Wiseman from Jenkinstown. Evelyn sad she has already retired and was there with plenty of good advice on how to enjoy it. Both other ladies admitted that they were jealous of her being finished teaching and enjoying her retirement.

Also in their company were Audrey Flood from Monaghan and Andree Boyle from Blackrock who descried Ann as a real lady and they were there to give her the send ff she deserved.

Finally, before I departed, I met up with Colm McCourt from Dublin Road, Peter Murphy from Riverstown and director of PLC Joe McEneaney form Seatown who described Ann as a pure lady and had a wealth of experience having had her own creche and had actually started as a night class teacher. They also wanted to wish Ann all the best in her various endeavours.

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