Musical staff

Blackrock NS staff and students bid farewell to Anne on her retirement

With mixed emotions, pupils and staff at Saint Oliver Plunkett School recently held a school-wide celebration saying a fond farewell to teacher, Mrs Anne Murphy, ahead of her retirement this year.

Under the guidance of their teachers, students in all grades were entertained with song, dance, poetry and musical instruments. Each act was presented by the Student Council under the direction of the Deputy Principal, Mr. Conor Clune.

Anne comes from a farming family near Ballinasloe, County Galway. After completing teacher training college at Saint Patrick’s Drumcondra in 1982, she took up her first teaching post in Neilstown, Clondalkin, where she taught for seven years.

In 1989 Anne moved to Dundalk with her husband, Fra. She has held part-time teaching positions at Ardee, Fatima and Carrickmacross. In 1992, Anne took a six month maternity leave position at Saint Oliver’s.

Anne returned to Saint Oliver’s ten years later in 2002 and was made a permanent member of staff. Since then, she has been greatly appreciated by staff, students and parents as a dear colleague and a dedicated teacher.

Anne also acted as the Green Schools Coordinator for many years and worked closely with the Blackrock Tidy Towns Committee. During this time, Saint Oliver’s has been awarded the ‘Green Flag’ by An Taisce on several occasions in recognition of the excellent work done under Anne’s leadership.

Since January 2020, Anne has held the position of Special Education Coordinator at the school. She always went the extra mile to provide the highest level of support possible to children while they were present at school as well as during school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She was highly praised by the Principal, Caitríona Dempsey and BOM President, Father Keenan, for her enormous contribution to the education of the children of Saint Oliver during her time there. Presentations were also made by the School Management Board and the Parents’ Association.

She will be greatly missed by all at St Oliver Plunkett NS who wish her a happy and healthy retirement.

New focal point for Haggardstown

Haggardstown needs to build a new community focal point. This will be located on the green area opposite the Sexton Restaurant and Lounge, at the junction of Dublin’s old main road and Marlbog Road, where most drive into the area.
The Tidy Towns is in an advanced stage of the project which will include a name sign, a flowerbed, a path and a seat where residents can stop, rest and pass the time if they wish. .

The project is currently at the call for tenders stage and the committee hopes to appoint a contractor shortly to carry out the first two of the three stages of the work.
The final step will be to install the lighting and lay the underground piping. This will probably be completed next year, with local sponsorship being sought to cover the costs.
The committee secured funding for the bulk of the work comprising the first two stages, with Louth County Council providing a grant and the Tidy Towns providing further funding.
This is the first major community project of its kind undertaken by the committee since its inception last year, having been actively engaged since then with volunteers carrying out regular clean-up and tidying up events, which have largely tackled litter in the region, without totally solving the intermittent dumping problem.
The Committee, as part of the new project, plans to reduce the hedges on the site and present the green in the most attractive way possible.
They are aware of making a very favorable impression on both visitors and residents, with no place in the area currently a natural focal point for the town, but this should happen in time with the housing development underway.
The committee intends to focus its efforts over the next few months on developing the flowerbeds and weeding the area.

Beach Initiative

A new initiative adopted and supported by Blackrock Tidy Towns is “Take Three for the Sea”.
This is about trying to solve the serious problem of sea pollution, plastic in particular having such a disastrous effect on marine life and plants, and ultimately saving communities and the world the environmental disasters such as floods which are now a reality. .
This is basically to encourage those who go to the beach and use the sea, whether for swimming or otherwise, to pick up three small pieces of trash and dispose of them.
A local spokesperson for Tidy Towns explained that the committee had backed the initiative to encourage people to be aware of litter in the sea and to help their own environment.
He pointed out that it was a simple way to solve the problem.
Signs have been erected on the slipways leading to the beach on the main village promenade, asking people to actively engage in the initiative.

No winner

There have been no jackpot winners in the Géraldines lottery yet. This means that with no one also claiming the match three prize of €200, the jackpot this week is worth €8,800.

The numbers drawn this week were: 24, 25, 28 and 31.