Mary Martin pictured with her daughter Deirdre Martin Tobin, shutting the door on Narnia preschool after 40 years of dedicated service. (Photo: Katie Glavin)

An entire community turned out in force on Thursday last, June 17 to bid farewell to Narnia, the local preschool, as community stalwart Mary Martin announced her retirement.

Mary, a native of Clonmult in Dungourney, came to Castlelyons in 1973, setting up Narnia Preschool originally in 1981.

Speaking with The Avondhu, Mary noted that at the time, she had a small family and money was scarce. Feeling she needed to do something, she decided to challenge herself and went back to college.

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