End of An Era As Scoil Iosaf Castlemartyr School Head Retires

By Seamus Whelehan

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40 years of dedicated teaching was celebrated by students and parents alike, in a heartfelt final assembly for Scoil Iosaf Castlemartyr Principal Teacher, Jane Flannery on Tuesday.
The Parents association, board of management, teachers, staff members and past pupils paid hundreds of good wishes at a function held in school hall.
Her career began as a teacher in 1979 before her promotion to Principal teacher in 2006 at the Castlemartyr primary.
Ms Flannery’s love of teaching, her sensitivity for those who needed help, her pleasant and helpful manner, excellent teaching capabilities and her commitment to passing on the highest standards to her pupils were among some of her special qualities singled out for special commendation.
Vice Principal Mr O’Tuamas paid a glowing tribute to her ability instil a love of hurling and camogie among the student body and a Grá for Irish.
He said “she’s a big hurling fanatic she really transformed the school sports wise, a very active school very sporty and she was a driver behind that.”
The deputy principal said throughout her 13 years in Castlemartyr she has also been involved in huge construction projects which has led to a doubling of the student body.
Throughout the day there were slide shows of junior infants answering questions about Mrs Flannery and sixth class pupils send best wishes speeches and numerous presentations.
There was brass plaque unveiled in the new wing of the school marking Mrs Flannery’s contribution to the school community over the years and the presentation of a 3,000 year old bog oak sculpture of the salmon of knowledge by the school board.
There were also presentation from the parents association.
Mrs Flannery we wish you every good wish in your retirement from everyone at the East Cork Journal.

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