Everyone at Scoil Chill Ruadhain has had a very emotional week this week as we said goodbye to our wonderful principal Mr Eoghan O’Connor. Eoghan has been principal of Scoil Chill Ruadhain since he joined the staff in the old school building in 1981. During his time in Scoil Chill Ruadhain, Eoghan has overseen many huge changes culminating in our fantastic extension and school halla. He has been a wonderful teacher and leader and has made Scoil Chill Ruadhain a fantastic place to work and learn. We wish him many happy and healthy years of retirement!
We began the proceedings with a concert on Thursday. All the classes gathered together in the hall to perform songs and poems for Mr O’Connor.
Presentations from the Pupils
The children presented Mr O’Connor with a beautiful garden bench for him to rest and relax on as he enjoys his retirement. They also gave him a Book of Memories, filled with their stories of his time as their principal. Lastly, they presented him with a picture of a tree, drawn by Ms Ciara Norris and covered with the fingerprints of the staff and pupils of Scoil Chill Ruadhain.
Presentation from the Parents’ Association
Deirdre Brewster, Chairperson of the Parents’ Association, spoke their experiences in working with Mr O’Connor. Two pupils made a presentation on behalf of the Parents’ Association.
Following the concert, Mr O’Connor was joined by pupils, staff, parents and family members as he planted a cherry blossom tree to commemorate his time in Scoil Chill Ruadhain.
We began Mr O’Connor’s last day with a flash mob on the yard. When his final morning bell rang, the children and staff danced to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” to celebrate the many years of happy retirement that lie ahead.
Patricia O’Mahony, Chairperson of the Board of Management, unveiled a plaque dedicating the new school halla to Mr O’Connor as a measure of our gratitude and appreciation for all his hard work.
Children, staff, parents and guests all gathered in the hall to join in a mass commemorating Mr O’Connor’s time with us and to wish him luck in the future. We were honoured to have the mass celebrated by, not one, but seven members of the clergy who have worked with Mr O’Connor during his time as principal.
To complete the days festivities and bid a final farewell to Mr O’Connor, the staff and pupils sang two songs – “Champion” and “All Of Us”. The lyrics of the songs were written by our very own Joan Power and the children have been busy practicing them in secret for the last number of weeks. On more than one occasion, the songs had to be hastily switched to hymns as we got word that Mr O’Connor was nearby! It is fair to say that there wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the time the children were finished singing.
Mr O’Connor, you will be sorely missed and Scoil Chill Ruadhain won’t be the same without you. Please don’t be a stranger…