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New Deputy Principal at St. Jarlath’s
First Woman to take Role in Senior Management
Brighid Cannon is the new Deputy Principal at St. Jarlath’s College. The first ever woman to join senior management at the two hundred and eleven year-old school, she will take over the post in September, replacing Charlie Kelly, who is retiring this Summer.
A native of Athenry and a past-pupil of Presentation College there, Brighid studied at NUIG and Maynooth College before joining the teaching staff at Meanscoil Iognaid Ris, Naas, Co. Kildare. While at Naas, where she was a highly respected teacher, she helped found the school Musical Society and school choir.
Brighid brought these interests to St. Jarlath’s College in 2003, where she quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher of English, Gaeilge and Religion. In her capacity as Director of the School Choir at St. Jarlath’s she instituted an annual carol service, which has become a much-enjoyed feature of Christmas at the College. She also reintroduced debating to the College and, in a very short time, has brought this far. This year the College won the All-Ireland Debating Championships and participated in the English Speaking Union’s prestigious four nations championships, beating Wales in the semi-final and narrowly losing to St. Paul’s, Westminster in the finals. None of this prevented her coaching the senior football team in relaxation, meditation and focussing skills during the recent football championships. In terms of preparation, another first for St. Jarlath’s.
Speaking today, Fr. Brendan Kilcoyne, President, St. Jarlath’s College, welcomed the appointment warmly and wished Brighid every success in her new post. He paid tribute to the superb work of Charlie Kelly, the outgoing Deputy, who had, he said, contributed immeasurably to the success of the recent amalgamation by his dedication, humanity and hard work. Fr. Kilcoyne remarked on the exceptional quality of the present staff and student bodies and said that everyone was looking forward to working with the new Deputy in the years ahead.