A LARGE crowd packed into St Davog’s Primary School to say a fond farewell to their highly regarded principal, Marie Keown who has retired after 31 years service to the school.
The celebrations began with a Mass at St Patrick’s Church Belleek in which past and present staff and pupils along with members of Marie’s family and members of the community contributed. Then it was on to St Davog’s for an at times emotional farewell.
The large gathering included teaching colleagues from a large number of schools from all over Fermanagh.
It was a very pleasant occasion and refreshments were served as the crowd mingled in the sunshine in the splendid school grounds.
A presentation was then made to Mrs Keown during which she received many complimentary remarks and best wishes and gifts from pupils, staff, past pupils and the school’s Board Of Governors.
But the highlight of the day for Marie was a surprise video message from her children Niall and Maria in Australia.
During her tenure, Marie and her team of dedicated teachers had very close links with the community.
St Davog’s holds a special place in the hearts of so many families in and around Belleek.
One of Marie Keown’s outstanding attributes was her ceaseless work for various charities and worthy causes.
And she made sure that St Davog’s contributed greatly to these causes.
Not only that, the school was able to raise large sums and many good causes benefited through the hard work of Marie Keown, her staff and her pupils.
And many organisations have been helped by the work St Davog’s carried out for worthy causes.
The school has seen increased numbers in recent times and Marie Keown oversaw the development of a new play area and gardens in and around the school which is located very close to the Erne Gaels football ground. The school currently has an enrolment of 104 pupils.
But although she is retired Marie Keown will be able to keep a fond eye on her old school as she lives very close to the place, in which she worked so diligently and productively for the past 31 years.
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