AFTER more than four decades of service dedicated to teaching primary school children, Ina McCarthy recently retired as vice-principal in Ballinabranna NS.
But no sooner had the chalk been dusted from her hands than the intrepid Ina jetted off to Zambia with students from the Presentation College, Carlow to do some voluntary teaching there, just days after her retirement.
“Ina is a very warm, kind person who was very kind to the pupils, especially those who needed help,” said school principal Joe Doheny. “Her leaving was emotional; we’re sorry to see her go.”
A Cork woman, Ina began her teaching career in her home town of Dunmanway, where she stayed for four years before coming to teach in Ballinabranna. She spent 38 years in the County Carlow school, the last five as vice-principal.
Ina is married to Limerick man John McCarthy and the couple have four children – Áine, Muireann, Seán and Aoife.
A farewell ceremony was held for Ina on the last day of school, which was attended by her family, members of the board of management, staff, parents and pupils. And she was presented with a range of gifts that reflected her main hobby of gardening.
“Ina also loves reading, photography and travel, so her retirement is an opportunity for her to do those things,” Joe concluded. “She’ll be missed here by both the staff and the pupils.”