Newtown school bids farewell to principal
Staff and pupils of Newtownmountkennedy Junior School marked the end of an era by holding a special celebration to honour the retirement of Principal Carmel Dempsey.
Mrs Dempsey was joined by family members Ciaran, Jennifer, Eoin, John Niamh and Aidan for her farewell.
Children attending the school made sure it was a colourful occasion as they waved lots of flags as the departing Principal entered the hall. Pupils also made a presentation to Mrs Dempsey, including a card and a mounted sculpture.
Mrs Dempsey graduated as one of the first female teachers from St Patrick's College in Drumcondra. Her teaching career spanned 40 years, 25 of which were as Principal in Newtownmountkennedy.
She became Principal of St Brigid's GNS in 1994 to a staff of seven. In 2007, St Brigid's and St Joseph's Boys NS amalgamated successfully under the guiding hand of Mrs Dempsey. It is now a school of 26 teachers, 13 SNAs and over 350 children.
The local school is now one of the biggest employers in Newtownmountkennedy, with many past pupils now members of staff as teachers, SNAs, school secretaries and bus escorts.
Mrs Dempsey passed on her best wishes to everyone associated with Newtownmountkennedy Primary School and issued a warm welcome to Ms Lennon as the new school principal.