On Thursday night February 26th a celebration was held in Scoil Mhuire Knockavilla to mark the retirement of Úna Luddy from her position as teacher and deputy principal in the school.
A native of Castlegregory, Co Kerry, Úna had taught in Scoil Mhuire since September 1978 when she arrived as a young teacher, armed with her recently acquired B.Ed. degree form Mary Immaculate College of Education. Appointed to the job by the late Canon John O’Mahony PP to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Mrs Síle White. The position was advertised as being short term in County Tipperary, the precise location only being revealed on acceptance. The location must have been to her liking as she stayed for thirty seven years. Replacing Síle White, who was a wonderful and talented teacher was going to be an onerous task indeed. However, Úna proved herself to be more than up to the challenge, kindling a love of learning in her happy pupils. Úna has passed on to her pupils a special love of History, Environmental Studies and Science and the Arts. Her ability to engage children in active learning has marked her out as a wonderful educator. In 2012 Úna’s lead her pupils to a national prize in the Primary Science Competition.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.