Monday 10 December 2018

Gerard leaves a lasting legacy at Boherbue NS

Sheila Fitzgerald

Approachable, caring, sincere and knowledgeable were just some of the compliments paid to Gerard Linehan, who bowed out as Principal of Boherbue National School last week. 

Gerard was joined by his wife, Marie, son Kevin, daughter Jean, pupils and staff for a get together and farewell Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Jim Kennelly.

Presentations were made to Gerard from the pupils, staff, the graduating 6th Class, Board of Management and Parents Council.

Deputy Principal Carmel O'Mahony described Gerard as a true professional who was totally dedicated to the education of all the children in the school past and present. She outlined the many initiatives he has implemented and the countless improvements he has made throughout his tenure as Principal.

"Going forward, Gerard has left us with a very positive and happy working environment and this is the greatest legacy we could have wished for," Carmel added.

Incoming Principal Marie Casey said that Gerard led by example.

"He is hardworking, dedicated, innovative and inspiring, he created a very successful atmosphere where everyone worked collaboratively and enthusiastically with each other for the good of the school" she added.

In reply Mr. Linehan thanked everybody for their good wishes.

"I'm delighted to have worked with such a fantastic staff, Board of Management and Parents Council, and of course our pupils have always done us proud," he said.

Gerard welcomed incoming Principal Marie Casey and wished her well in her new role.

Mr. Linehan took up the position of Principal in Boherbue in 2004, prior to that he was Principal of Churchtown NS and began his teaching career at Liscarroll NS.