Parents Welcome New Principal to Muire Gan Smál

Members of the Muire Gan Smál, Presentation Primary School Parents’ Association welcome new Principal, Máire Lynch (centre right) to the Castleisland school this week. Included are, from left: Nicola McGovern, Susan Harmon, Mary Mahony, association chairperson; Ms. Lynch, Hannah O’Connell, association secretary and Eva Nolan.

Muire Gan Smál, Presentation Primary School, Castleisland welcomed a new school principal recently.

A native of Dingle, Máire Lynch, took up her new role after the Easter holidays. She replaces Leona Twiss who is now principal in Cullina National School in Beaufort.

Máire comes to Castleisland from CBS Primary, Tralee where she spent the last fifteen years teaching mainstream, computers and special education classes.

An Alumna of Mary I

An alumna of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and UCD, she also holds post-graduate qualifications from I.T. Tralee and NUI Maynooth.

“I have a great interest in computers and hold a Masters in Computers in Education. Throughout my time in Tralee,” said Ms. Lynch.

School of Excellence Award

“I was heavily involved in the expansion of ICT within the school, amongst the pupils and the teachers. We developed the ICT facilities greatly during my time there and gained a Digital School of Excellence award. Information and communication technology is such an important and integral part of modern life now and I feel it’s important that we develop the skills needed by pupils to interact with the internet and new technology early and effectively.”

Former Dingle Pres Pupil

“I’m very aware of the great contribution the Presentation Sisters have made to Muire Gan Smál and to the town of Castleisland,” said the former pupil of the Presentation Convent Primary and Secondary School in Dingle.

“I was lucky enough to be a pupil of theirs in Dingle, and I’m proud to continue their traditions and support their ethos in my new role. I also hope to continue developing and supporting the school’s strong connection with the community, the parents and parish life in Castleisland,” she said.

A Great Experience

Starting in Muire Gan Smál has been a great experience for Máire, who said not only is she delighted to be supported by a great staff but it has been great coming into a school, with a new-build unit, with all the facilities that it has to offer.

Amazing New Unit

“I’m very lucky that I’ve come into such an amazing new unit. It brightens up your day walking into the building it’s so colourful and the facilities are wonderful.We have a wonderful team of 12 teachers and ten special needs assistants.

A Great Staff

“We have a great staff here. For me, my main focus will be to support the staff to get the best out of their students. Being from a Gaeltacht area I’m particularly interested in passing on my grá for Gaeilge, our language, traditions, music and culture. So if you call in to the school I’d be delighted if you would use your cúpla focal!

Open Evening on May 17th

“Muire Gan Smal has an open evening coming up on May 17th.

Any parents considering a primary school for their children in 2018 or 2019 are very welcome to call to the school on the night between 7-8:30pm where they’ll get a chance to see the facilities and meet the staff and parents. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting and games on the evening for the little ones.

“Fáilte roimh chách. All welcome,” said Ms. Lynch in conclusion.


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