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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Tributes paid to retiring principal

At the retirement function in the Ferrycarrig Hotel (from left) back – Sally Brennan, Eileen Cody, Catherine Creane, Osnat Manning, Dolores Gordon and Grace O’Connor; front – Andrew Power (new principal), Gerry Underwood, Fionnuala Greene, Ita Hannigan and Aileen McNamara
At the retirement function in the Ferrycarrig Hotel (from left) back – Sally Brennan, Eileen Cody, Catherine Creane, Osnat Manning, Dolores Gordon and Grace O’Connor; front – Andrew Power (new principal), Gerry Underwood, Fionnuala Greene, Ita Hannigan and Aileen McNamara

Maria Pepper

Retired Bridgetown Vocational College principal Fionnuala Greene was the toast of her colleagues at a farewell function in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.

Fionnuala began teaching French and Economics in the school in 1993, working for the good of all the students in her classes and giving generously of her time and expertise.

She was involved in the introduction of the Leaving Cert Applied Programme in the school and coordinated the programme for a long time.

She became Deputy Principal in 2003 and was instrumental in modernising the school's systems as well as developing its special needs capacity, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn and achieve.

Fionnuala was appointed principal in 2019 and in that role, was responsible for building Autistic Spectrum Disorder classes, further emphasising the inclusive nature of the school community.

As principal, she facilitated every activity and event that happened, including school tours, sports, the school orchestra, shows, graduations and yearbooks, working with the teachers involved to enrich the student experience.

In a speech at her retirement party, the new principal Adrian Power acknowledged Fionnuala's achievements, the great contribution she made to the development of the school and her dedication to its staff and students.

He said she was always ready to assist any student who needed help in any way.

Adrian said she had a great working relationship with the student council and really enjoyed their meetings.

She was always impressed by the maturity and common sense approach they took in looking for practical solutions to problems.

Fionnuala was joined by her husband Gerry at the retirement function which was organised by the School Social Committee and attended by over 100 present and former staff of Bridgetown College who turned up to celebrate her 26 years of dedicated service to the school.

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