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Mr Frankie Farrell, Headteacher — an appreciation


Our good wishes and prayers go to Mr Frankie Farrell who has retired after 14 years as headteacher in our primary school St Athanasius’ and over 40 years as a Catholic teacher.

On behalf of all our parishioners, I thank him for the wonderful work he has done during that time and for the deeply beneficial impact he has had on all the children who have passed through his care.

His commitment to both pupils and staff and his boundless energy in leadership have forged a legacy for which all of us can be grateful. He made our primary school a shining example of what it is to be a Catholic school.

Frankie devoted himself to the education of the children and their formation in the faith and made a lasting impact in the broader field of Catholic education and he well deserves the diocesan medal awarded him by Bishop Toal

I am deeply grateful to him for the support he afforded me since my appointment as parish priest and for the ready welcome on my visits to the school. He made parish/school relationships both easy and productive.

On Monday of Holy Week we celebrated Mass in the school to thank God for all the graces and blessings which He brought to the children through Frankie and to ask God to continue to bless him with many years to come.

We wish Frankie, Jackie and Paul every happiness and success in retirement and I know Frankie’s wisdom and experience will continue to be a wonderful asset to our parish.


May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Fr Magill