Poignant evening marks farewell for Rossan NS

In a poignant evening of thanksgiving students, staff and parents from Rossan NS were joined by past pupils and members of the local community for a special thanksgiving mass on June 21.

In a poignant evening of thanksgiving students, staff and parents from Rossan NS were joined by past pupils and members of the local community for a special thanksgiving mass on June 21.

The mass marked the end of an era with the loss of Rossan NS after over a century of service. The present school building was constructed in 1948 replacing an earlier school which was located on the site of St. Stephen’s Church, Rossan.

At the time of closure the school was catering for 12 students, but falling enrolment over the past number of years and further falls expected in the coming years, left it all but impossible for the school to survive and the decision was made to close it at the end of the 2011/2012 school year.

At the thanksgiving mass, Fr Sam Holmes paid special tribute to the teaching staff, Principal, Margaret Kilbane who gave 19 years of dedicated service and teacher Madeline Murphy who likewise served for 12 years. He also thanked the Learning Support Teacher, Collette Doris, who worked with students over the years; Rosaleen Dillon the school secretary and Mary Heslin, who worked as the school cleaner for over 20 years.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer following the service, Principal, Margaret Kilbane, said the evening had been “poignant and sad for everyone involved”.

“I would like to wish the students of Rossan NS every success in the future,” she said before thanking everyone involved in the school down through the years including the staff, Board of Management and parents, for their unfailing support.

“This has been very a very sad day for us,” she said.