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Retirement of Mrs Una Regan:
The retirement of a principal of the Four Masters National School, Una Regan, was marked by a special function in St. Aidan’s Church and the school hall in Kinlough on May the 6th. Una Regan who has spent the last thirty five years teaching and leading our wonderful school was given a great send off. Una’s hard work, endeavours and enthusiasm has seen the school grow massively over the years from Edenville National School to our present building here at the Four Masters National School and from four teachers to the present staff of sixteen teachers. She has overseen four extensions and a huge increase in the number of pupils up to the present number of 271.
The Mayo native started her teaching career here in Kinlough in 1981 and in her fine speech she recalled spending her first night here staying in the Melvin Hotel not knowing anybody. However, the community showed their friendly nature and she quickly made friends and was acquainted with her work colleagues, Kathleen Fahey, Maura White and Thomas Feeley as well as making long lasting friendships in the local community.
During her time in the school it has grown from a four teacher school with four classrooms and a small tarmac playing area to what we have now. Una took over the acting principalship of the school in 1999 and became the full time principal in 2007. During her time in our school she oversaw four extensions which included the construction of new classrooms, a PE hall, resource rooms, school library, school garden and a polytunnel. We are indebted to Mrs Regan for all the efforts she has put into the organisation of these extensions.
Initially U na taught in mainstream education where she had a great grá for Gaeilge and was renowned for her well disciplined and hard working classroom. She took over the stewardship of the school in 1999.
Una brought many new initiatives to the school for which we are grateful including the North Leitrim/South Donegal cup a GAA competition where the local schools play against each other, a debating team who were regional winners in 2015 and Friendship Week as part of the anti-bullying policy in our school
Una will be forever remembered in our school for her hard work, integrity and commitment she showed which manifests itself in her past pupils and her legacy will be forever evident in the school structure that she put in place and the ethos she fostered in the school.
We all wish Una a long, healthy and happy retirement.
Sláinte agus saol chuici.