Tricia Ryan is new principal at Scoil Mhuire Carrick-on-Suir

The students and staff of Carrick-on-Suir’s Scoil Mhuire Secondary School welcomed their new principal - Clonmel-born Tricia Ryan - at the beginning of the new school term last week.

The students and staff of Carrick-on-Suir’s Scoil Mhuire Secondary School welcomed their new principal - Clonmel-born Tricia Ryan - at the beginning of the new school term last week.

Ms Ryan taught business and maths at Mercy College in Bishoptown in Cork City for 14 years before being appointed principal of the 466 student school, popularly known as “Greenhill” in July.

She takes over at the helm of Scoil Mhuire from Mary O’Keeffe, who has moved backed to her native Co. Kerry to take up a new post in Tralee.

Ms Ryan said she felt privileged and lucky to be appointed as principal of the 466 student school, popularly known as “Greenhill”.

She told The Nationalist that her key priorities will be to maintain and build upon all that is good in Scoil Mhuire and ensure that each student continues to get the highest quality education in a positive environment.

She told The Nationalist she has been very struck by the happy and positive atmosphere in Scoil Mhuire and is looking forward to the years ahead at the school.

Ms Ryan, who commutes to Scoil Mhuire from her home in Glanmire outside Cork City, is a native of Honeyview Estate in Clonmel. She is daughter of Paddy and Betty Ryan and was educated at the Sisters of Charity Primary School and Loreto Secondary School in Clonmel.

She paid tribute former principal Mary O’Keeffe for the huge contribution she made to Scoil Mhuire. “I want to thank Mary for leaving me with such a wonderful school. It’s a privilege to be appointed to a school that is so well looked after. The staff and students wish her all the very best in her new role and life in Tralee.”