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Meet Our Principal, Mrs. Mary Gallagher

It is a privilege to introduce myself as the new principal in St. Brigid’s National School.

Mrs. Mary Gallagher

I am delighted to be working in St. Brigid’s National School. I am already getting to know you individually and I thank all who have made me feel so welcome in the school.

I firmly believe in the importance of the partnership between school, home and the community and I am confident with your support St. Brigid’s school will continue to be a special place for our children to grow and learn. Should any concerns or issues arise during the year do not hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to arrange to meet with you.

I have been asked a few questions about myself and I am happy to share my answers with you.



Welcome to our school! Can you tell us something about yourself?
While I am originally from Sligo, I now live in Rathvilly, Co. Carlow with my husband Ronan and two sons Noel and Luke.

Where did you work before you came to our school?
My background as a primary school teacher began in 2001 in Scoil Naomh Mhuire Senior School in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Following this I moved to Sligo where I taught each class level. I worked in setting up a Learning Support room in Keash N.S., Co. Sligo. In 2010 I graduated from Trinity College with the Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs. I have worked as a teaching principal since 2011. My last school was Bigstone N.S. in Rathvilly, Co. Carlow where I worked as teaching principal in the senior end of the school for five years. Since 2017 I have worked closely with the Centre for School Leadership mentoring new principals.

What made you excited about our school?
The activities section on the school website was so interesting and exciting. I visited the school just before the Easter holidays in 2018. Mrs Austin gave me the tour of the school and I was excited to receive such a positive and warm welcome from the staff and pupils. I liked all the vivid displays/projects in the classrooms and hallways.

What do you do during your summer break?
During the summer I helped out with July provision. Last summer I prepared the pupils for Pride of Place and also for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Section Awards. I familiarised myself with St. Brigid’s National School. I enjoyed watering the window boxes as I like gardening. I also took a couple of short holidays.

Do you have a special talent/hobby?
I like to play and coach tennis. I enjoy following GAA and the Championship each year. I enjoy cooking and I am a member of a book club.

What is your favourite food in your lunchbox?
I like fruit so it would have to be strawberries.

If you were talk to your eight-year-old self what would you say?
Try to be always happy at what you do. Play and work hard at school. Keep up your sports and read a little every day. Most importantly treat others as you would like to be treated.