Duleek Girls NS says farewell to Kathleen
Principal leaves a wonderful legacy at school
A multi-million euro state-of-the-art school, the promotion of an award winning choir and a legacy of educating a generation of young girls is the proud legacy Duleek GNS principal Kathleen Healy has left behind her.
The Kerry-born teacher retires after 10 years as principal and a career in teaching at Duleek GNS this week.
In a fitting celebration mass at the school, Fr John Conlon spoke of Kathleen's cool head when times got tough and how she had inspired so many young girls from the area to achieve their goals in life.
The day saw many past pupils and parents attend with Fr Conlon thanking them for attending, stating it was a measure of their thanks for what the school and Kathleen do on a daily basis, looking after their girls so they have the confidence to leave their primary education as young women, prepared for the world.
He described her as a principal who was 'level-headed' and got through tasks with 'minimal fuss'.
He said with Mr Conroy, she oversaw the building of the new school complex and all the issues it threw up.
'She had a 'can do' attitude - an attitude that made the school what it is. Thank you for giving so much of your time and the door will always be open for you,' he remarked.
New principal, Padraig McGovern, said he had big boots to fill but was privileged to get the position at the school. Teaching in Duleek for seven and a half years, he said the big, bright building, the green fields nearby and the school community made Duleek 'one of the best schools in the country'.
He said Kathleen's 'holistic approach' to education - taking things outside of the classroom walls - was her legacy.
He also took time to remember two great people who had served Duleek well in the past, Fergus Callan and Mary Woods and he was sure they were looking down on them now.
Damien Quinn, Board of Management and Parents Council, said Kathleen was very professional in what she did and got results without fuss.
The school choir and orchestra performed on the day, with the very appropriate 'Rose of Tralee' played to honour the retiring principal.