New principal appointed to Patrician Academy, Mallow
There has been a warm and positive response to the news that Elaine O'Regan has been appointed principal of Mallow's Patrician Academy and will take up her new role when Catherine Fitzpatrick formally retires in August.
A gifted and well respected figure within the school community, the Wicklow native began her career Alexandra College in Dublin and has been teaching maths, business, accounting and LCVP at the Academy for the past 18-years. Her appointment was greeted with widespread enthusiasm by the school community, with the only disappointment expressed being that the students would be "losing a brilliant teacher".
Officially welcoming the appointment, the Patrician Board of Management offered their congratulations and wished her every success in her new role. Elaine, a mother of four, said she was looking forward to the next chapter in her career.
"I am honoured to have been given the privilege of serving the school community as principal. I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues on the staff, the students and their parents and indeed the wider Patrician Academy family," she said.
Her appointment will bring to a close Catherine Fitzpatrick's 11-year tenure as Patrician principal and her more than four-decade association with the Academy.
Catherine told The Corkman that she had “enjoyed every minute” of her time at the school.
"I have had the great privilege of watching the school develop and grow during my time here and am proud to have overseen this for the past 11-years. I have worked alongside some fantastic colleagues during my time her and have loved watching the students bloom as they progressed through the years," said Catherine.
"We have always had a great tradition of academic and sporting excellence at the Patrician Academy and I have no doubt but that will continue into the future as the school rises to the challenge of modern living. I wish Elaine, her staff and all of the pupils the very best for the future. Of course it is with a certain sadness that I am retiring, but I am also looking forward to a new chapter in my life," she added.