30th September 2016 was an important day in the history of St. Brigid’s, National School, Greystones. Fr. John Daly PP blessed the new extension Seomraí Bhríd Uí Bheirn in memory of our dear colleague Bríd Beirne; a much loved and dedicated teacher, held in high regard by all who knew her.
Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.
The Holy Faith Sisters
The Holy Faith Sisters donated the Convent Garden (Gáirdín an Chlochair) to enable St. Brigid’s to build this new extension. In the past the Sisters had enjoyed the garden, especially during the summer holidays. Sisters from other parts of Ireland used to come to Greystones on their holidays. The Sisters studied, chatted, worked and relaxed there. Tomatoes and lettuce grew in a glass house. John Redmond the Convent caretaker helped look after the garden. There were apple trees, colourful flowers and shrubs. There was also a clothes line.
The generosity of the Sisters of the Holy Faith mean that the Convent Garden (Gáirdín an Chlochair) is now helping the boys and girls of St. Brigid’s learn, blossom and grow.
We were so pleased to welcome Bríd’s husband Bernard and her family to the service and also Sisters from the Holy Faith Order.
Ms. McNally explained that we were so delighted that this new building has been named after Ms. Beirne because she was so important to this school. It is a really lovely way to keep her memory alive and to keep her with us.
‘Have you ever met someone you really admired? Someone that you thought was really talented, very clever and incredibly kind? Someone you wanted to be like? Our friend Bríd Beirne was like that. Bríd was a wonderful teacher. She helped so many children in this school to learn English.
Imagine how daunting it must be to come to a new country and learn a new language. Bríd made learning English fun and loved helping children to communicate. To celebrate each other’s cultures and nationalities, Bríd would help children to make the flag of their own country and to prepare projects on it. It was important to Bríd that everyone shared in each other’s differences and cultures. She thought it was a great way for new children to introduce themselves to the rest of the school.
Bríd, had a wonderful laugh and a great sense of humour. She is missed everyday and we know she would be proud of the legacy of EAL that continues in our school, thanks to her. And finally, Bríd would want you to be proud of who you are and where you are from.’
Remembering Bríd Beirne RIP
I am a tree
Which stands by the path you tread.
If you can learn something from me, stay awhile.
I cannot take you my way
Because my roots are in my own piece of ground
And my branches reach up to my own personal sky.
If you wish to lean against me for a time
And warm in the Sun which filters through my leaves,
Then share my stillness and become One with me.
But do not stay too long –
Or part of yourself
Will become lost within me.
Do not take one of my branches
To use as a prop
For even I am unaware of which are strong or weak.
In looking at me,
Reflect on what you didn’t know
And make it your own Truth.
I will not impede the Path you tread
But hope I have helped
To make your journey worthwhile.