Sr. Winnie Kirwan joined the staff of Fethard Nano Nagle National School in 2004 where she then taught Senior Infants for seven years. She had spent many years previously in Zimbabwe and returning to care for her mother brought a wealth of experience to our school.
Seeing and dealing with such poverty in Zimbabwe, Sr. Winnie instilled a great awareness of re-using, recycling, growing your own etc. in our children. She gave the pupils a great interest in children from other lands and continued a spirit of ‘children helping children’ through various fund-raising efforts in our school.
She adored working with the Infants; her sense of fun and love of the outdoors endeared her to her pupils. On one foray into the bogs around Ballinure searching for tadpoles, she nearly came a cropper, but fortunately she lived to tell the tale!
Another facet of Sr. Winnie’s personality, which will be remembered and cherished, is her heightened awareness of the underprivileged and children with special needs.
She continues to be involved with our amalgamated Holy Trinity School on a voluntary basis, organising prayer-services and fund-raising for her beloved Zimbabwe – she’s probably getting her runners ready for the Women’s Marathon in June, as we speak.
Sr. Winnie officially retired from Holy Trinity N.S. in October 2011. Fond memories abound of her dedication, kindness and interest in all. Much as we will miss her, we wish her a long, happy, healthy retirement.