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Slán Saint Attracta's S.N.S.

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My “Esc” Retirement Cake made by David Priestley. It reflects my interest in ICT and music,

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Betty and Irene tidy up after me for the last time.

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Box of Momentos from every member of the staff.  Items include a banana slicer, a LEGO locomotive and a plastercine man.

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The network cabinet which occupied my time on several Monday mornings as I rebooted the Broadband router.

 

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Irene, Tina, myself and Betty pose in our last photo

Slán Saint Attracta’s S.N.S. My early retirement unofficially began on the last day of the school year yesterday.

I received a marvelous “send off” from all the staff and pupils of  Saint Attracta’s Senior National School, Meadowbrook throughout the day. I have to say I was numb to nearly all of it as I had only received confirmation of my early retirement from the postman as I pulled out of my drive that morning.  In fact I did not even open the post until I reached school and I ended up with the letter in my pocket. Later on that day I couldn’t believe it was all over as I listened to the pupils’ farewells in the assembly hall and walked through a sea of well wishers in the yard. Every member of the staff gave me a momento in a “basket of memories”.

It is ironic as I always thought I would be in Saint Attracta’s until 2018 and be around for the forthcoming centenaries of the Great War and 1916. To add insult to injury I was further reminded several times on the radio an television today that the Grand Duke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo on this date 100 years ago.

I will post photos of the fond farewell in the following days or weeks.

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