Today was a very special one in the school as we celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for the life of former Principal of Scoil Barra Naofa, Ciarán Boland. Ms. Flannery gave a touching tribute to Ciarán in the opening address, outlining his wonderful contribution to the school over the years. Staff members along with Ciarán’s grandchildren took part in the Offertory Procession and children from Second to Sixth formed the choir. Afterwards the Boland family returned to the school to view the new reading space and ‘Mr. Boland’s Bench’ which has been specially designed in a grassy corner of the upper yard.
Our thanks to Monkstown Tennis Club for donating the artificial grass for this to the school. We are very grateful to the parents who helped move and transport the heavy grass last June, and to Brid McEvoy & Aoife O’ Mahony for their ideas and organisation with this. Many thanks also to the members of teaching and ancillary staff who helped lay it out after school during the week. Finally, míle buíochas to Vivian and Lorna for their hard work adding the important finishing touches. Together the entire school community has helped to create this wonderful bright space, dedicated to the memory of Mr. Boland, that pupils will enjoy for many years to come. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.