Over a century of teaching the children of Nenagh was recalled at a special Mass in St Mary’s of the Rosary Church as the town said a fond farewell to the last of the Mercy nuns to teach at the school.
Hundreds of parishioners, parent, pupils and teaching staff gathered to mark the retirement from teaching of Sr Anne O’Callaghan and Sr Joan O’Carroll, the last religious teaching links with the school that opened its doors in 1910, and to celebrate the involvement of the Sisters of Mercy in primary eduation in Nenagh from 1854 to 2011.
The congregation was welcomed by current principal Peader O’Dwyer, who thanked Sr Anne for 34 years of excellent teaching and dedication to the school.
Mr O’Dwyer said that the Mass gave everyone the chance to reflect and celebrate the school’s journey and to consider the contribution of the Mercy Sisters to St Mary’s Convent Primary School.
“A fine school was built in 1910 and what followed was the establishment of an educational environment,” he said. “A successful school’s ethos must be a shared ethos among the staff and it must permeate every aspect and moment of a child’s school day. This ethos and the mission to deliver same succeeds through perseverence, consistancy and determination. This is what the Mercy Sisters brought to our school.”
Mr O’Dwyer said that the challenge that lay ahead was to preserve and sustain the Mercy Sisters’ work as they finish in the school.
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