18 ETB staff honoured for their service to education in Tipperary

Tipperary ETB retired staff presentations at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, back row: Mary Byron (Coláiste, Dún Iascaigh, Cahir), Matthew Carr (Borrisokane Community College), Geraldine Egan (Templemore College of Further Education), Fr Lorcán Kenny (Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré), Carmel Phillips (Community Education South), Breda Lonergan Ryan (Adult Literacy South) and PJ O'Connell (Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles); Front row: Teresa Nash (St Ailbe's School, Tipperary Town), Pauline Fitzgerald (St Ailbe's School, Tipperary Town), Bernadette Cullen (Chief Executive, Tipperary ETB), Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan (Chairperson, Tipperary ETB), Clodagh Kelly (Director of Services, Tipperary ETB) and Margaret Connelly (Borrisokane Community College). (Photo: Odhran Ducie)

Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB) honoured 18 of its former staff members at its biannual 2024 Retired Staff Presentation at the Anner Hotel in Thurles on Friday, 17 May.

The retirees, which included a principal, teachers, tutors, special needs assistants, support staff, among others, served for a total of 425 years in Tipperary ETB, and in its previous guise as North and South Tipperary VECs. The staff members, who retired between July 2023 and January 2024, were each presented with a Tipperary Crystal vase and a citation to mark their achievements in the education sector.

Amongst the retired staff members honoured on the night were two former teachers from Coláiste Dún Iascaigh in Cahir, namely Mary Byron and Anne Marie Quin. Also honoured were Carmel Phillips, Tutor, Community Education South; Breda Lonergan Ryan, Tutor, Adult Literacy South and Marina Conroy, Tutor, Community Education North. Each of the retirees were joined by family and friends at the presentation.

Chief Executive of Tipperary ETB, Bernadette Cullen, welcomed attendees to Thurles, and thanked them for their professionalism and commitment to the ETB’s core values of Excellence, Equality, Respect, Care and Community during their education careers. 

Tipperary ETB is patron of Nenagh Community National School (CNS) and 10 post-primary schools, as well as providing Further Education and Training (FET) courses from 17 centres across the county. Tipperary ETB also delivers a range of additional education services in community settings.