End of an era as Ardfert bids farewell to two long-serving stalwarts

Teacher Joan Holland receives a farewell retirement gift from Principal Betty Stack and Tadhg O’Sullivan from the Board of Management last week as well. Photo by Joe Hanley
Teacher Joan Holland receives a farewell retirement gift from Principal Betty Stack and Tadhg O’Sullivan from the Board of Management last week as well. Photo by Joe Hanley

Fergus Dennehy

It was a day of high emotion at Ardfert NS last Thursday as the school bid a sad farewell to two of its most dedicated and longest-serving teachers.

Linda McElligott who gave 34 years of her life to teaching the kids of Ardfert NS along with Joan Holland, a 15-year veteran of the school, were both celebrated by staff and pupils at the school.

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Dedicated to the last however, Deputy Principal Linda McElligott was not going to pass up one of her final roles as she proudly stood alongside her fifth class pupils as they raised the school's eighth green flag together.

In the sunny environs of the school they loved so much, the Principal Betty Stack paid tribute to both teachers. She told the gathering that not only had Ms McElligott distinguished herself teaching at every level of the school but she had left no stone unturned in her post as Deputy Principal.

"Her kindness to the children was a hallmark of her daily interaction with them. She will be sadly missed by the staff and children," she said.

Betty thanked Ms Holland for imparting her passion for the arts to the children and that her daily contributions to the school will be sorely missed.

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