A Clonmel schoolteacher has been honoured by the Austrian government.
High School teacher Martina Oâ€™Reilly was presented with the highly prestigious Declaration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria at a ceremony at the Austrian Embassy in Dublin.
The award is bestowed by the Austrian Federal President and the decoration was handed over to Ms Oâ€™Reilly by the Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Thomas Nader.
She received the award for her efforts to increase knowledge about Austria in Ireland and to deepen the relations between both countries.
It is also regarded as an acknowledgment and recognition of her outstanding work within the High School over a long number of years, as evidenced by the many times Martinaâ€™s students have repeatedly won the Irish Austrian Society essay competition.
She was accompanied to the presentation ceremony by family members, friends and colleagues. Leading members of the Austrian Irish Society and officials from the embassy were also present.
High School principal Shay Bannon, who attended the ceremony, stated â€œthis is an incredible achievement and honour for Martina, particularly when one looks at the distinguished list of those who have previously received this honour internationally.
It is also wonderful recognition for her hard work as a teacher, and also for the town of Clonmel.
Itâ€™s richly deserved in light of her ongoing work within the High School, and particularly the many times her students have won the Irish Austrian Society essay competition. Needless to say the whole school community is extremely pleased that a staff member has been so honoured.
Great credit is also due to the Austrian government for having the foresight and vision to award such a prestigious honour to a member of the teaching professionâ€.