By Helen Riddell
STAFF and pupils at Scoil An Chroi Ro Naofa, Castletownbere have bid farewell to their colleague and teacher Marese O’Driscoll who retired after over 25 years of teaching.
Mrs O’Driscoll taught 6th class for a number of years and played a pivotal role in preparing her pupils for moving to secondary school.
She had a passion for the Irish language and instilled an enthusiasm for it in her students through her teaching and imparted in them a sense of pride for their native language.
Her involvement with the school choir drew numerous compliments for their performances which Mrs O’Driscoll’s reply was ‘Better do it right or not do it at all!’ She took immense pride in her work and would think nothing of cutting lunch breaks short, if not miss them entirely, as she often used this time to provide guidance and support to pupils in need, and organise activities that would benefit her pupils.
School principal Ann McNally said: ‘Mrs O’Driscoll’s love of teaching, her incredible commitment and dedication to her pupils is renowned.
‘Past pupils and their families know and appreciate that she spared nothing of herself in terms of energy and commitment in ensuring every pupil in her class got the maximum benefit from their day at school.
‘She has been an excellent role model, not only for the many pupils who have passed through her hands but also for her fellow colleagues, as she set standards and a work ethic to which we could all aspire.
‘Those of us who have had the privilege of working with her for many years will know that not only has she been an outstanding teacher, Marese has also been a great colleague.
‘She was always loyal to her team and always generous with her experience and wisdom. We wish her a long and happy retirement,’ said Mrs O’Driscoll.
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