Ann Agger reluctantly says ‘Slán’ to Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh!

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Ann Agger reluctantly says ‘Slán’ to Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh!

It was with a heavy heart in September of 2020 that Ann Agger came to the realisation that the risks posed by Covid-19 were too great to allow her to continue in her position as ‘Rúnaí’ or Secretary in Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh, An Cóbh.

Ann’s involvement in the school go right back to the mid-nineties when she joined the staff as ‘Rúnaí Scoile’ (School Secretary).

After several years in this role Ann then went on to take up a Special Needs Assistant position in the school where her kindness towards and advocacy on behalf of pupils with additional needs were renowned!

Following this, Ann was once again employed by the Board of Management of Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh as School Secretary and continued in this position up until the Covid-19 pandemic hit!

It is an understatement to say that Ann’s contribution to Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh over the course of the last 25 years has been truly immense!

The enthusiasm and dedication she showed for example when it came to helping prepare classes for the sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion was inspirational!

Throughout her work in the school it was abundantly clear that Ann had a personality and skill-set that endeared her to everybody she came in contact with – be they pupils, parents, staff members or visitors to the school. She had the interests of the school (and of its younger pupils in particular) always at heart. Ann always went the extra mile in a very discreet way to help those who needed help most.

Ann was always willing to ‘row in’ where-ever an extra pair of hands was required in the school which resulted in her getting involved in a hugely diverse array of activities over the years (many of which one would not automatically associate with the role of School Secretary!)

Ann’s working day would often be taken up engaging in activities such as – manning the phone, delivering messages for parents, managing the accounts, organising buses, helping out with supervision, contacting and organising substitute teachers, comforting and making arrangements for sick pupils, setting up appointments, photocopying, and of course dealing in her own firm way with unannounced visits from particularly eager salespeople (one of her favourite roles!!)

Ann was often that very important link between Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh and the community it served.
In her letter of resignation to the Board of Management earlier this year Ann stated that “Covid-19 has a lot to answer for!!” Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, in the school itself we have not been able to suitably mark Ann’s retirement. We hope to make up for that in safer times.

Braithimid uainn Ann go mór i nGaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh agus guímid sonas, sláinte agus faid saoil chuici! Gabhaimíd buíochas ó chroí léi as ucht a cuid oibre ar son na Gaelscoile thar na blianta!

Ann will be greatly missed in An Ghaelscoil and we all wish her every success as well as health and happiness in her retirement! As a school community we thank her wholeheartedly for her work over the years!

“Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann!!”

Cumann na dTuismitheoiri (Parents Association) Gaelscoil Uí Éigeartaigh, An Cóbh

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