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Sunday 16 June 2019

Deirdre's custom is carried on at school

Beth Nic Aoidh and Meidhbhín Dodd
Beth Nic Aoidh and Meidhbhín Dodd
The late Deirdre Duddy

Mary Fogarty

Children at Scoil Chualann in Bray enjoyed their crib again this year, after it was assembled by a family in memory of their late mother.

Deirdre Duddy was a parent of Scoil Chualann pupils and she went to the school every December for many, many years to make the Beithilín for the pupils. She would collect boxes and newspaper and construct the crib on a Friday evening in preparation for Christmas at Scoil Chualann.

Sadly, Deirdre died in July 2017.

Deirdre had told principal Carmel Ní Gairbhín that her daughter Róisín would continue the tradition and make the crib should anything happen to her.

Róisín went to Scoil Chualann for the first time last year, along with other family members, to make the crib and share many lovely memories of a very special person.

This year Róisín returned to make the crib, in what has now become a seasonal tradition for her family.

'We are delighted with it,' said Ms Ní Gairbhín.

'Every year the crib is a little different but always special.

'Christmas begins for me when I hear the collective gasp of the children on Monday morning as they enter the hall for assembly.

The crib is lit up and we all marvel that another year has passed.

We think of Deirdre and her family and their kindness to Scoil Chualann. This surely is what Christmas is all about continuing these lovely customs.'

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