THE death has occurred in Killarney of Sr Scholastica Scanlon, a member of the Presentation Order, who was a teacher in St Oliver’s National School in Ballycasheen for close on 30 years.
A native of Dromroe, Ballagh in west Limerick, she previously taught in Presentation Milltown before transferring to St Oliver’s when the school first opened in 1977.
She became deputy principal upon the retirement of Donal O’Shea in 2001 and she was hugely admired and respected by her colleagues and the hundreds of children she taught and cared for down through the years.
Although she retired from the classroom in 2004, Sr Scholasticia was a familiar face at the school right up to this year as she willingly volunteered her time, knowledge and expertise to help with so many aspects of school life.
She worked with the children preparing for confession and the sacraments of communion and confirmation and with events such as the Ceremony of Light, training of altar servers and preparing for feast days.
St Oliver’s principal, Rory D’Arcy, said Sr Scholastica had incredible energy and showed remarkable dedication, not just during her teaching years but in retirement.
“She was a great presence and she was a huge influence in this school over such a long period of time. I will miss her and we will all miss her,” he said.
The daughter of the late Ned and Mai Scanlon and sister of the late Maura, Sr Scholastica is survived by her sisters Gretta (Ryan) and Ita, brothers Eamonn and Patrick, sisters-in-law Mary and Ann, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives, her Presentation community and many dear friends.
In accordance with government and HSE guidelines, and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place for St Scholastica in St Mary’s Cathedral. The Requiem Mass will be live streamed on killarneyparish.com on Tuesday morning at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.
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