Mary MacDougall's Retirement Ceilidh

14th November 2015

Lismore Primary School Parent Council organised a Retirement Ceilidh to celebrate the 30 years that Mary MacDougall spent as a teacher here. The school had bid Mary farewell at a tea party on her last teaching day on Wednesday 7th October and this was the opportunity for the community to mark this transition.

Laura Cook in her roles as an ex-pupil, a parent of four current pupils, a member of the Parent Council, Mary's daughter and her successor as teacher at the school was the master of ceremonies and introduced current and ex-pupils, colleagues, friends and well wishers to celebrate Mary's career in words and music.

The hall was packed to hear (and rehear) stories of volcanoes, explosive experiments, frozen hands and, of course, that dead mink! A wealth of Gaelic music was a tribute to her enthusiasm and had islanders tapping their feet and singing along. Head Teacher Catherine Davies proposed a toast in verse and Iris MacColl - who is the mother of one of Mary's first pupils and grandmother of one of her last pupils - presented Mary with gifts purchased with money donated by the whole community. A wonderful evening and a fitting tribute.

The whole island wishes Mary a happy and restful retirement.

Words and photos provided by the Website Group on 15th November 2015


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