Offaly caretaker retires to break 60-year connection with one school

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly caretaker retires to break 60-year connection to one school

Sinead Wright, John Cutler and Gary Dillon all bid farewell to Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore this week

An Offaly school has had an emotional week after waving goodbye to four members of staff ahead of the summer holidays. 

One of the hardest farewells at Scoil Mhuire in Tullamore was to caretaker John Cutler who had a 60-year conenction to the school.

John first walked through the gates of Scoil Mhuire in short pants as a pupil in 1957, and has spent the last 14 years attending to the school's every need, earning hi legendary status with staff and students. 

The school said that "it is very hard to say goodbye to people at the best of times, but saying farewell to four treasured staff members in one week has caused an increase in tissue demands."

As well as John, school principal Fionnuala Doheny is also hanging up her fob and whistle for the final time. She is leaving in her wake a state of the art school that is the envy of the town, and is said to have a to do list longer than Santa's away from the classroom. 

PICTURED: A student embraces retiring principal Fionnuala Doheny at Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore

Teachers Sinéad Wright and Gary Dillon are also leaving Scoil Mhuire, whith Sinead taking a well earned career break to "soak up the Wild Atlantic air in Donegal" and Gary heading back to his native Galway for a new chapter in his career.

The school has paid an emotional tribute to all four staff members, saying, "To all of you, from all of us – you will each be sorely missed but we wish you all the very best of luck in the next chapter of your lives."


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