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Mary Breen who retired from her post as SNA at Ballydesmond National School last week is pictured with her husband Pat, their sons Denis and Michael and daughters Edel and Marie. Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald.

Mary Breen who retired from her post as SNA at Ballydesmond National School last week is pictured with her husband Pat, their sons Denis and Michael and daughters Edel and Marie. Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald.

Roseanne Ward made a presentation to Mary on behalf of the Parents Council.

Roseanne Ward made a presentation to Mary on behalf of the Parents Council.

Aaron Buckley and Jack McHale presented Mary with gifts from her pupils.

Aaron Buckley and Jack McHale presented Mary with gifts from her pupils.

Lauren Buckley, Laura Murphy and Amy Brosnan presented Mary with a Card containing the autographs of all the pupils in the School.

Lauren Buckley, Laura Murphy and Amy Brosnan presented Mary with a Card containing the autographs of all the pupils in the School.

Fr. Joseph Tarrant PP and School Principal Pat Neenan making a presentation to Mary on behalf of the Board of Management.

Fr. Joseph Tarrant PP and School Principal Pat Neenan making a presentation to Mary on behalf of the Board of Management.

Former pupils Niamh Buckley and Eoin O’ Connell wishing Mary the best on her retirement.

Former pupils Niamh Buckley and Eoin O’ Connell wishing Mary the best on her retirement.

6th Class pupils with their Teacher Niamh Cronin composed and performed a Song for Mary.

6th Class pupils with their Teacher Niamh Cronin composed and performed a Song for Mary.

Mary Breen pictured at her retirement party in Ballydesmond National School with current Staff members Pat Neenan, Joanne Geaney, Niamh Cronin, Michelle Curtin, Christine Sheehan, Sinead Walsh, Ella O’ Sullivan and Anne Culloty, former Staff members Ger Lucey and Ann Murphy and Fr. Joseph Tarrant PP.

Mary Breen pictured at her retirement party in Ballydesmond National School with current Staff members Pat Neenan, Joanne Geaney, Niamh Cronin, Michelle Curtin, Christine Sheehan, Sinead Walsh, Ella O’ Sullivan and Anne Culloty, former Staff members Ger Lucey and Ann Murphy and Fr. Joseph Tarrant PP.

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Mary Breen who retired from her post as SNA at Ballydesmond National School last week is pictured with her husband Pat, their sons Denis and Michael and daughters Edel and Marie. Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald.

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The invaluable role Special Needs Assistants play in schools was highlighted last week in Ballydesmond when pupils, colleagues and parents paid tribute to Mary Breen who has just retired after 12 years as SNA at the School.

Following Mass celebrated by Fr. Joseph Tarrant PP, presentations were made to Mary from the Board of Management, Parents Council and pupils. In addition, 6th Class pupils pulled out all the stops when they performed a song they had composed especially for Mary with the help of their class Teacher Niamh Cronin.

Fr. Joe Tarrant speaking about Mary said: “We live in famously unstable times with so many people uprooted and unsettled on so many levels and so much changing. Mary, you have been such a refreshing contrast in the community of Ballydesmond National School, so stable, always calm, always dependable and sensible, such a secure point of reference, patient and so good to work with.

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Many would like to know your secret Mary, that special kind of nature and grace that has made it all possible, if only it could be patented and bottled. Thank you more than words can say. May the joy of those days always be in your heart” Fr. Joe continued.

Adding his congratulations, school Principal Pat Neenan said that Mary’s dedication to the students in her care has been incredible.

"She leaves a wonderful legacy behind and it is a great honour to be able to say a few words on behalf of the entire school community as we mark Mary’s retirement. She is the ultimate professional who goes about her business in a very understated manner but her impact has been immeasurable, she has a wonderful presence and has had a long and lasting impact on every child she has worked with. Mary, thank you, retirement is not the end of the road, it’s the beginning of the open highway” Mr. Neenan said.

In reply Mary thanked everyone involved for organising the lovely retirement party for her.

“I will miss all my colleagues, pupils and former pupils. I have countless fabulous memories, thank you all so much” she said.


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