Goodbye, old friend…

Gone but never to be forgotten…

The news of the passing of our friend and former colleague, John (Johnny) O’Sullivan has left our school community of Saint Mary’s with a sense of great sadness and a feeling of huge loss.

Having commenced teaching in St Mary’s in 1982, Johnny spent 29 years as a teacher, many of those also as a parent in the school, as his six children all attended here.

Johnny was a very dedicated and committed teacher, who loved imparting knowledge, which he had in abundance, to the many students he taught over the years.

Outside of the classroom, Johnny gave so much to our school – his “100 Question Quiz” challenged and stumped even the most fervent of quiz experts and he often acted as quizmaster, (as well as setting the questions) at many fund-raising quizzes held by the St Mary’s Parents’ Association.

Always obliging, Johnny drove countless busloads of children to football, rounders & soccer matches and always lent a supporting voice from the sidelines to the players and their coaches. Johnny was a great believer of Saint Mary’s being part of the wider Ashbourne community. He demonstrated this by encouraging the pupils to donate items each Christmas to the St Vincent de Paul Appeal.

Johnny’s strong links with St Mary’s remained, even after his retirement, continuing with many of the aforementioned involvements and also helping out at the annual Christmas Bazaar, with the selling of raffle tickets.

Johnny O’Sullivan was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who was committed to Saint Mary’s. The staff, both former and present, along with the Board of Management, wish to express our deepest sympathies to his wife, Brenda and their children, Colm, Aoife, Maeve, Ciara, Deirdre and Eileen.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.