On behalf of all at Carrignafoy Community College, I wish to thank those who supported us in the untimely and very sad loss of our esteemed Deputy Principal, Miss Elma Twomey, R.I.P. Again, we extend our sincere sympathy to her mother Helen, to her sisters Joey, Gretta and Norma and to her brother Noel, her relatives and many friends.

At such a shocking and devastating time for us all, we are very grateful to so many that supported us.To those who called to the school and signed the Book of Condolence and spent some quiet time in our Prayer Room; to those who telephoned and offered sympathy and support, those who brought food, flowers and Mass cards, thank you!
Thanks to all the Principals and Staff of the schools on the Island and off the Island. Sincere thanks to our local clergy and our religious sisters, in particular to Fr. Liam Kelleher, Fr. Aquin Casey, Fr. Neilus O’Donnell (Rathcormac), Sr. Emmanuel, Sr. Anne, Sr. Pauline and Sr. Josephine.

Thanks also to the supportive staff of C. E.T.B. (Cork Education and Training Board) and to our own Board of Management.Thanks to the members of our Parents Association who kindly sent in refreshments and helped in a practical way throughout a very difficult week, it is much appreciated.

Huge thanks to our own teaching and ancillary staff who went beyond the call of duty. I am very grateful for your support to the students and to me personally.

Last, but by no means least, to our students; Elma would be so proud of you all, as I am. The dignity and respect you showed through such a difficult time in the life of our school was indeed exemplary; to all those who travelled to Elma’s funeral mass and walked in the Guard of Honour, thank you!

At Carrignafoy Community College, the staff have lost a wonderful Deputy Principal who took great interest in them in school and, indeed, outside of school; committed and dedicated to her role. The students have lost a professional and caring person who, despite her own medical issues, was always positive and uplifting.

For me, personally, I have lost a very hard-working Deputy Principal, a colleague, kind friend and I will miss Elma dearly.

“It’s not the mark you make; it’s the mark you leave behind.”

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Signed: FRANK DONOVAN, PRINCIPAL.