RETIREMENT OF MARY HARTY NT: On Saturday afternoon, 19th October, family, friends, colleagues past and present, members of the INTO, members of the Parents’ Association and Board of Management of Nicker NS, gathered in the newly refurbished Church hall, to mark the retirement of Ms Mary Harty after thirty years service in the school. As presentations were made to Mary, the speakers, Karen Franklin, principal, Mairead Hourigan, chairperson of the Parents’ Association, Brian Dillon of the I.N.T.O. and Fr. Burns, chairperson of the Board of Management, paid tribute to Mary’s many wonderful qualities. Her logical mind, quick wit and ability to quickly get to the heart of an issue, her sense of fun and ability to brighten up a dreary day, her care and consideration for generations of pupils, her years as chairperson of the East Limerick branch of the I.N.T.O and her tireless work on the Board of Management in helping to further the building project at Nicker NS, were just some the aspects of her career which were celebrated. Mary’s own speech outlined many milestones of her years in Nicker N.S and her appreciation of those who shared the journey with her. After the presentations, there was time to relax and enjoy some refreshments and share many more memories. On this special occasion, Mary is congratulated on her years of service and wished the very best. Mary in her appreciation had the following letter read out on her behalf:
‘Rev fathers, ladies and gentlemen I have a long list of thank yous to make on behalf of Mary. She has dictated this speech herself and I will be reading it as if she were delivering it. A big thank you to Ellen Mary and Siobhan for their help.
First of all I want to thank Fr Burns for the use of the hall.
As the school is being refurbished Mary wanted to have the function here as this was the first school in the parish to be registered with the department of education in the 1850s. Its significance should not be forgotten. Thanks to the board of management for facilitating the function and for their very kind gift. I served on the board for nearly 20 years as the staff representative and I am really glad to see some of the former board members here today. By the way I was volunteered for the position by the former principal, the late Pat Hennessy. That was how things were done in those days.
To all my colleagues past and present I want to say a very big thanks. When I started I was teaching with the late bean Ui Riain, Amy Kennedy, Joe Landers, and the late Mr. Hennessy. Colm Tiermey and Eileen Butler were with us in the 80’s.
In ‘94 Karen joined the staff. When Pat retired, John Tuohy came to the school. Then the Celtic tiger hit and we got a secretary Eimear who is now our SNA and Breda who is now the secretary. Siobhan followed by Maira followed by Madeleine followed by Marianne all joined the staff one after the other. Teresa O’D was our first resource teacher and Mary Fitzgibbon was with us for nearly ten years. Joanne Beary is now the resource teacher and of course Theresa O’Connell has been manning the cleaning department for a lot of years now. This may seem like a long list but I wanted to acknowledge and thank them all individually for their friendship cooperation and the odd shoulder to cry on. We worked together, we laughed together and we always helped each other. Nicker national school I can honestly say was a very happy place to work and I loved every minute of it.
I also want to acknowledge my colleagues from the INTO especially Brian Dillon. Brian and I served as chairman and secretary of our local branch for ten years, which meant Brian did all the work and I only had to turn up. He is the most efficient and helpful secretary you could wish to have. I am as Amy would say planting a seed but I think he would make a great CEC rep . The campaign starts here.
That brings me to the parents association, under the chairmanship of Jim Mulcahy, Declan Daly, Denis Ryan and most recently Mairead Hourigan; they have been a huge boost to the school. From the simplest tasks like making the tea to the most complicated tasks like organising the book rental scheme they are always eager to help. Whilst many things have changed about the job in thirty years the one thing that hasn’t changed is the children. May I congratulate you on the wonderful children you have reared. We have had our rows from time to time but I can say with certainty they are the most natural open, lively and willing children I have ever taught. I would like to thank them and their parents for a very rewarding thirty years.
I would like to say a very special thank you to my family and friends who have kept me going and supported me through thick and thin. One of my fondest memories of my late father is of him standing on a trailer outside the church gate introducing various Fine Gael politicians which is probably why I took a political route during my career. But I have my late mother to thank for my teaching career. She was reared in a family of teachers and would have dearly loved to have been a teacher herself. She passed on that desire to her oldest child - me. I got my first job in Dublin because she was a friend of the principal and I came to Nicker after she passed away suddenly in October ‘82. I am very proud that my niece Clodagh and her cousin Sara are both going to keep on the family tradition of teaching.
Finally I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes and beautiful gifts. I will treasure them always. Thank you
SYMPATHY: The death took place last week of Rev Fr William Power C.Ss.R. (late of Redemptorists, Mount St. Alphonsus, South Circular Road, Limerick, and late of Garryfrask, Pallasgreen who died peacefully, in the loving care of the sisters and staff at Carrigoran House, Co. Clare. He is fondly remembered for his ministry in India, Dundalk and Limerick. Sympathies are extended to his nieces and nephews, extended family, friends and his Redemptorist community and confreres. He lay in repose in the Redemptorist Monastery with Removal to Mount St. Alphonsus Church. Following requiem Mass internment was at the new Redemptorist plot at Castlemungret Cemetery, Co. Limerick.
The passing of Christy O’Brien has left a void in the townland of Ballyvoneen and the community at large. The late Christy was one of the community’s best known residents and a true character He was a member of a well-known and highly respected farming family in the district. Funeral was from Ryan’s funeral to Nicker Church. Following requiem Mass interment took place in Old Pallas Cemetery. Sympathies are tendered to his sister in law Hannah, nephews, nieces relatives and friends.
Nancy Ryan of Sunglen mourn the passing of her sister Marie Murphy of Essex, England and late of Cappamore. Sympathies are tendered to Nancy, relatives and friends.
Limerick IN Bloom: Congratulations to Pallasgreen Residents Association who were awarded third place in the Limerick In Bloom competition recently. The Residents association were in a category with a population 301-700 which was won by Athea Tidy Towns Committee followed by Broadford Development Association (2nd), Pallasgreen Residents Association and Oola Tidy Towns (Joint 3rd). 43 other community groups throughout County Limerick were also honoured for their participation in the annual competition, now in its sixth year, at an awards ceremony held last week at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. Limerick County Council, in conjunction with sponsor JP McManus Foundation, once again hosted this year’s competition which serves as a motivational mechanism for small local-based groups throughout the County to enhance the visual impact of their settlements by means of flower, tree and shrub planting. Limerick In Bloom adjudication took place during July and considered such factors as colour, size, variety, location and appropriateness of the various planting schemes along with the management of litter. Each participant received a framed certificate of participation and the prize winners received a certificate, engraved plaque and a voucher. The overall winner received a voucher, framed certificate and the Limerick in Bloom Trophy.
CHURCH NEWS: Friday November 1st; First Friday and Feast of All Saints-Holy Day of Obligation, Vigil Mass in Nicker Church Thursday 7.30pm. Mass on Friday 9am. Mass in Templebraden 10.15am .
Saturday –Feast of All Souls; Mass in Nicker Church 9am. Mass in Templebraden Church 9.45am.
Masses For the Holy Souls; Masses will be offered during November for those on the November dead lists. Mass is also offered each Tuesday night for them. November envelopes are available in the trays beside the Sunday leaflets. Memorial Candles are available in the sacristy for Nov-€2 each
THANK YOU: A very special thanks to the pupils of Nicker National School who supported the Walk Of Life fundraiser in aid of Milford Hospice last Friday as part of their fancy dress day. Thanks also to their parents and teachers and principal Karen Franklin for their input. A fantastic €150 was raised
45 DRIVE: Progressive 45 Drive card game continues in the Community Centre on Tuesday October 1st at 8.30pm. All are welcome..
YOUTH CLUB HALLOWEEN DISCO: Pallasgreen Youth Club is hosting a juvenile Halloween Disco in the Community Centre on Friday 1st November starting at 7.30pm and finishing at 9pm. Three entry and Fancy dress prizes on the night. All support would be greatly appreciated.
SCRAP METAL COLLECTION: Knockane GAA Club are holding a scrap metal collection over the coming weeks. By helping us you would be helping the environment.
All types of metal accepted as well as batteries. We can collect if required. Please contact any of the following ; Larnie Creamer (087 9221205) Peter Commons (087 8381536) William Ryan (087 2133964) Roger Butler (087 2625156) Micko O’ Connell (087 2400622) Simon Ryan (087 8305741) Tom O’ Donnell (087 4171223) Danny Beary (086 3403258).
GARRYDOOLIS N.S. TABLE QUIZ-WORD OF THANKS: The Board of Management thank all who made the annual table quiz such a huge success. €1020 was raised and will be used to upgrade the classroom computers. Particular thanks to Mary & Tom O’Donnell for the first prize; to Knockane GAA for the second prize, to all the parents and businesses who donated prizes/vouchers for our raffle and for the lovely sandwiches etc. To Pat Cronin and Fergal grace who organised the questions and hosted the quiz.
TEACH RAMBLING HOUSE: The Nov 1st Rambling House at the Teach has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. We will be participating in The Get-together in Cill Bríde Centre in Klteely on this Thursday 31st instead, from 8 to 10. All are welcome including Rambling House supporters.