Derryquay's fond adieu to Siobhán

Derryquay National School pupils Thomas Sheehy, Saoirse Mehigan and Diarmuid Waugh making a special presentation to their principal Siobhán Ní Dhónaill, back left, on her retirement, pictured with teacher BrídNic Gearailt. Photos by Joe Hanley
Derryquay National School pupils Thomas Sheehy, Saoirse Mehigan and Diarmuid Waugh making a special presentation to their principal Siobhán Ní Dhónaill, back left, on her retirement, pictured with teacher BrídNic Gearailt. Photos by Joe Hanley

Fergus Dennehy

Sleeping-in late, watching daytime television and a spot of travelling are the three main goals for retiring Derryquay NS Principal Siobhán Ní Dhónaill as she bids farewell to the school after six-and-a-half-years at the helm.

Last Wednesday marked Siobhán's final few hours as the head of the two-teacher school and true to the spirit of the school, the occasion was fittingly marked.

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"The children gave me a beautiful painting of trees and each child had placed their fingerprint on it with paint before signing their names as well. It was lovely," said Siobhán speaking to The Kerryman on Thursday.

As to what she will miss most about the day-to-day life in the school, she said that while of course she will miss all the children hugely, she would miss her friendship with fellow teacher Bríd Nic Gearailt and the rest of the staff the most.

"As it is only a two-teacher school we obviously were very close and as well, I will miss the SNA's and all the teachers that we would have met through the teacher sharing programme as well," she continued.

Looking to the future, she said that once she gets sick of daytime television and relaxing around the house, she sees a lot of travelling in her future.

As for the school she is leaving behind, she knows that it is being left in capable hands in Bríd and new Principal Íde Brosnan. "I wish them all the very best of success in the future."

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