14 YEARS IN SCHOOL WITHOUT MISSING A DAY
Mairead Buckley from Labbamolloga, Knockadea in South Limerick is truly a remarkable and dedicated young lady. Mairead attended Knockadea Primary School where she spent 9 years without missing a single day of school.
And, now she has achieved the same record in secondary school at Presentation Secondary School in Mitchelstown. The Avondhu spoke with Mairead’s mum, Ann this week.
“I am very proud of my daughter. I remember when she was in first class she was due to be a flower girl for a wedding, and we had been to the hairdressers in town having flowers put in her hair. Mairead insisted on going in early so she could go to school before the wedding”!
Tragically, Mairead’s dad died during this time but she showed amazing strength and was in school the next day. Fate struck another blow when Mairead’s brother died in December but the Labbamolloga girl was still back at school after a week’s leave of absence.
Mairead spent 5 years at Presentation Secondary School in Mitchelstown, and never missed a day.
Her mum Ann recalls, “ A few years ago we went on holidays to China and she made me ring the school to check what day it re-opened so she wouldn’t miss a day.”
The Avondhu spoke with Mairead’s teacher, Mrs Dwyer at Knockadea Primary School and she had this message - “Congratulations to Mairead on her great achievement. She is a wonderful girl, and we are all very proud of her in Knockadea school.”
Teachers at Mitchelstown Presentation Secondary School also expressed their congratulations to Mairead on her fantastic achievement.
“Not a hope,” Mairead told The Avondhu when asked if she wanted to be a teacher, seeing as she liked spending so much time at school!
Thursday 20th May 6:51pm