Fethard school principal, Patricia Treacy, retires

New principal Holy Trinity National School, Triona Morrisson (left), and staff teacher Rita Kenny (right), making presentations on behalf of the staff to retired principal, Patricia Treacy, marking her long dedicated teaching service to Fethard's Nano Nagle National School, St. Patrick's Boys School and Holy Trinity National School.
Mrs Patricia Treacy retired from Holy Trinity National School on August 31, 2014. Trish, as she was known to her colleagues, trained as a primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College of Education. Having begun her career in Grangemockler, she joined the staff of Nano Nagle National School in 1974. She served twenty-nine years as Deputy Principal before taking up the position of Principal in St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School in 2004. 2010 saw the amalgamation of Nano Nagle and St. Patrick’s and Trish was appointed Principal of the newly formed school and staff. Trish held this position until her recent retirement.

Mrs Patricia Treacy retired from Holy Trinity National School on August 31, 2014. Trish, as she was known to her colleagues, trained as a primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College of Education. Having begun her career in Grangemockler, she joined the staff of Nano Nagle National School in 1974. She served twenty-nine years as Deputy Principal before taking up the position of Principal in St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School in 2004. 2010 saw the amalgamation of Nano Nagle and St. Patrick’s and Trish was appointed Principal of the newly formed school and staff. Trish held this position until her recent retirement.

Trish probably put at least one thousand pupils through her hands during this time and was steadfastly as dedicated in year forty-two as she was in year one. At each stage of her career, she threw herself whole-heartedly into her work. Many will remember her as a kind, committed and talented infant teacher.

During her years in Nano Nagle, the Adlerian approach to discipline was adopted by Nano Nagle staff and Trish was a huge advocate of its principles of mutual respect, inclusiveness and encouragement. Her concern for her pupils was always evident and her sense of justice and fair-play always permeated her work.

On her transfer to St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School parents, pupils and teachers were delighted with her energy and hard work in embarking on this new role of Principal. Her talent for this position really came to the fore during this time and her skill in administration and management became evident when she was appointed Principal of Holy Trinity National School. This involved a huge commitment of time, energy and hard-work and Trish threw herself into this position with a “no holes barred” approach. She acknowledged the support and help of the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association, especially at this demanding time in her career.

The Catholic ethos of the school was always very important to the school community and when the Presentation Sisters retired, Trish ensured that the Catholic ethos was always cultivated and nourished. Trish’s faith is very strong and she was involved directly and indirectly in preparing many children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation in her role as teacher and Principal.

Trish was an innovative, creative teacher and Principal and never let the grass grow under her feet vis-à-vis new techniques and teaching approaches. She had her finger on the pulse of modern developments and initiatives and led her staff well in this regard.

Trish’s interest in and love for the town of Fethard was evident in encouraging pupil involvement in community based projects. She was always open to suggestion and was always supported her staff in any new endeavours.

As Trish embarks on this new phase of her life we wish her health and happiness. At last she will have time to dedicate to her many talents and interests. Maybe next March, she will have the time to go to Cheltenham! Trish is also a wonderful seamstress and baker, among other things – we’ll miss her scones – her family will have the opportunity to enjoy these! We wish Trish all the best and many, many happy years with her family – Billy, Liam, Ciaran, Mia and her grandchildren.