Sr. Anna Retires

Sr. Anna Hyland Retires

Sr. Anna Hyland
Sr. Anna Hyland
Congratulations to Sr. Anna Hyland on her recent retirement as principal of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Carlow. Sister Anna was principal at the 435-pupil, 22-teacher, Green Lane school, having served in the school for 44 years as a teacher, 33 of those as principal.

Sr. Anna is a native of Shanboe, Borris, and is daughter of the late William and Tess Hyland. She entered the Novitiate at Mount St. Anne’s, Killenard, Portarlington, on September 24, 1960 and moved to Carlow in 1963.

The retirement of Sr Anna breaks the link between the Presentation Sisters in Carlow and the generations of girls they have taught for almost two centuries. The Presentation Sisters commenced teaching in Tullow Street, Carlow, on January 29, 1811, when three nuns from the order in Kilkenny came to Carlow to establish a school. They came at the invitation of Fr Andrew Fitzgerald, Professor of Theology at Carlow College, who had seen the wonderful work the nuns did in the Kilkenny school.

While Anna has retired from her role as Principal, she will continue working in a voluntary capacity for the school. She will work in the area of school-family liaison while also continuing in charge of the Presentation School Band, which has borne her very personal stamp for the best part of four decades.

Sr. Anna has left behind a wonderful legacy of achievement. The school is widely recognised as a very welcoming place of great learning. Academic standards have always been high and every young girl has been helped to appreciate and develop her unique gifts. Anna had a great interest in music and she set up a school band in 1968. It has been going strong ever since. The Presentation Band has taken part in many local social and sporting celebrations down the years and has contributed greatly to the girls development. The highlight in the 38-year life of the band was the 1999 trip to New York, when the band proudly marched down Fifth Avenue as part of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in The Big Apple. A total of 58 school pupils took part in the New York Parade. That feat was repeated in March of this year. The Band is recognised far and wide as having made a significant contribution to the town of Carlow. In recognition of this, in 2001 Sr Anna received the Music Award in the Carlow Person of the Year Awards.

There is a major refurbishment planned at Scoil Mhuire gan Smál in the coming two years. This programme of modernising, which will involve five new classrooms, is expected to start next autumn.

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