Aileen Says Farewell To Listellick NS After 38 Years Of Teaching

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Aileen Bulman (seated centre) who is retiring after 38 years teaching in Listellick NS, with Principal Annette Dineen (right) and Karen O’Driscoll (left). Also included are Riona Ruane, Susan Wrenn, Rachel Donnellan, Noreen Crowley, Catherine Sexton, Micheal Ó Dubhaill, Sinead Dwyer and Paula Sweeney. Photo by Dermot Crean


Adam And The Ants were flying high in the charts with ‘Prince Charming’, Kerry were to claim their fourth All-Ireland in a row and a young teacher walked into a classroom in Listellick school to begin her career.

Some 38 years later, Aileen Bulman, will walk out of a Listellick classroom today for the last time, having done her bit to shape the lives of hundreds of boys and girls during decades of service at the school on the hill.

Although an official retirement function had already been held, her colleagues held a small going away party for her in the staff room on Thursday afternoon.

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Speaking at the school before the party, Aileen said; “It has been a great privilege and pleasure to teach here these past 38 years. I take away many, many happy memories from here.”

Aileen arrived as an assistant teacher and over the years she has taught every class, from juniors to sixth. She has spent the last nine years as a learning support/resource teacher working with children with special needs.

Aileen Bulman who is retiring after 38 years teaching in Listellick NS, with Principal Annette Dineen. Photo by Dermot Crean

“It was a small country school when I started, there was no uniforms and some children used to arrive on the backs of tractors,” said Aileen (nee O’Mahony), who originally comes from Casements Avenue.

When she started in 1981, Padraig Murphy was her first principal, followed by Micheál Ó Cinnéide in 1996 and then Annette Dineen, who took over seven years ago.

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Aileen said she will miss the school greatly as she loved her job and thanked all who made her time at Listellick so special.

“I’d like to thank the parents and staff, both past and present for their support and co-operation, but my biggest thank you has to go to the hundreds of children I have taught over the years.

“They have taught me a lot, more than I could ever teach them! I wish them well in their future lives ahead,” said Aileen. We’re sure that sentiment is reciprocated by all who have been taught by Aileen.

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