Scoil Ruáin extended a warm welcome to acclaimed actor Séan McGinley when he visited the school last Friday to perform the official opening of a new school library.
The library boasts an extensive collection of reference material and is available for use by students for studying, research and project work as well as recreational activities at lunch time.
Addressing the assembled students and staff, Scoil Ruain Principal Gerry McGill thanked Deputy Principal Ms Siobhan Landers for overseeing the library project and for bringing it through to its fruition.
Ms Landers was ably assisted in this task by Ms Margaret Matuszewska, who put in countless hours cataloguing and organising the library’s collection of material.
Mr McGill welcomed Mr McGinley and thanked him for taking time out from his busy schedule to visit Scoil Ruáin.
The Love/Hate star, who has starred in countless stage, television and film productions worldwide, spoke of his pleasure at being invited to visit the school before making a presentation of two books by playwright Tom Murphy to add to the library’s collection.
In advance of the opening of the library, each student and staff member had been given the opportunity to place their favourite quote on a ‘Quote Tree’ and following the presentation of books, Mr McGinley added his own favourite quote, by Brian Friel - “Confusion is not an ignoble condition” to the tree.
Following the cutting of the ribbon, Mr McGinley joined students and staff and was most generous with his time in chatting with staff and students and posing for the many photo opportunities that followed. It was certainly a day that will be fondly remembered in Scoil Ruáin in the days and months ahead.