We are delighted Fr Gerry celebrated mass with us today. We would like to thank him for the work he has done with us over the past year; thanks for your presence, support and words of wisdom over the year.  Indeed for the children in sixth class yourself and Canon George have been a constant presence in Kilglass National School for their past 8 years.

A sincere and massive thank you to all our staff for their energy and dedication during the year – Ms McAnearney, Ms Meeneghan, Ms Brogan, Ms Lynott, Ms Mulhern, Martin Walsh, Colette Egan and Helena Cleary who make a very special and wonderful contribution to Kilglass National School – Thank you.

Thank you to all our parents for your support and assistance, the Parent Association, to Mary Foody and the Board of Management; Míle Buíochas.  A fond farewell and massive thank you to the two Bourke families, the Egan, Feeney, Hastings, Hayes and Murphy families who are marking the end of a chapter finishing their association with Kilglass National School after a long number of years. Thank you for your support and we wish them well.  Beir beannacht d’on todchaí.

After some tea and treats, Ms Mulhern, the Green Schools Committee, Ms McAnearney and Ms Meeneghan lead us in a lovely presentation where we raised our new Green Flag, our eighth green flag, on the theme of Global Citizenship Marine Environment.  Thank you to Robert Nelson, from Green Schools, for his inspiring and encouraging words.

Next up, Ms Brogan’s Third and Fourth Class told us all about their work with artist Anna Vahey.  They’ve created a wonderful seashell mural influenced by the legend of Queen Maeve, the Brown Bull of Cooley and Knocknarae.  It was exciting to see them unveil our lovely BLAST mural.

Finally, Ms Lynott, Alan and Kilglass Boys Football team received the Maura Galvin Fair Play Award from Trish representing the Maura Galvin Family and the Chairperson of Cumann na mBunscol Sligo, Tony Gallagher.

The spirit and sense of community that underpins daily life in Kilglass National School illustrates the truth of the old Irish proverb “Is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – We all live in the shelter of each other.”

Sixth Class nurtured by the love of your parents, inspired by the guidance of your teachers, and bound by the precious gifts of friendship, you have already been blessed. We pray that you may continue to grow in mind and heart, in wisdom and compassion, in faith and gentleness.  Lord, enable our sixth class pupils to see clearly that they can choose a meaningful life, that they must dare to dream, and above all, that they are dearly loved.

Jarlath Brennan