On May 31 last, a function was held in Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard, to mark the retirement of Principal Mr Ernan Britton after 23 years of dedicated service to the school.
Present on the day were Mr Britton’s wife Vicky, his sisters Teresa, Bridget and Claire, Fr. Tom Breen, Fr. Anthony McSweeney, Sr. Juliana Purcell, Patrician Brothers: Br. James, Br. Cormac, Br. Matthew, members of the Board of Management, officers of the Parents’ Association, pupil representatives, retired staff members and present teaching and ancillary staff.
Tributes were paid to Mr Britton by Fr. Tom Breen, Br. Matthew, Chairperson of the Board of Management, Marian Gilpin, Retired Deputy Principal, Retired Teacher Ms. Mary Lysaght and Ms Mary Anne Fogarty, Deputy Principal.
A native of Dublin, Mr Britton arrived in Fethard in 1990 and was the first Principal of the newly amalgamated Patrician Presentation Secondary School. With youthful enthusiasm and energy, he oversaw the construction of the new two-storey building on the Patrician site and over the years led a number of building projects in the school. An innovative and creative leader, Mr Britton also blended successfully the traditions of the Patrician and Presentation Orders and helped to create the rich school ethos which exists today.
Many significant changes in the secondary education system took place during Mr Britton’s time in Fethard:
Ernan excelled where interpersonal relationships were concerned and thus proved himself to be the ideal leader. He was understanding of both pupils and staff and faced the everyday school issues with integrity and fairness.
Well done Mr Britton on a job well done and a life well lived in Fethard. We wish you a long and happy retirement and we thank you for your enormous contribution to education in Fethard.