Gaelscoil bids farewell to Príomhoide Deirdre during big event for Michael

Pupils at the Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail enjoyed a big day recently as they took part in a fundraising fun run for schoolmate Michael Beasley on a day in which they also bid a very fond farewell to their príomhoide, Deirdre Ní Ághas.

All the pupils of the school took to the town park for the fundraising fun run in aid of Michael, who is bravely dealing with the condition pulmonary fibrosis, which affects the respiratory system.

Following the fun run, all returned to the school to bid farewell to Deirdre, who is taking up the position of príomhoide in a school in her native West Kerry.

In attendance were Canon Declan O'Connor and Fr Hegarty. Chairperson of the Board of Management, Breda Dowling, thanked Deirdre for all her hard work and dedication during the past eight years, particularly in securing funds for a new school, a project that is now in the Government's Capital Budget Programme for 2019.

The pupils played music, sang and danced for Deirdre, who told them in turn how proud she was 'of each and everyone of them'. She said she was never more proud of them than on her final day for the compassion and kindness they showed to one another. "These are the important values to take with you in life," Deirdre said.