Tuesday, August 02, 2022

A local school has paid tribute to a much-loved teacher who passed away yesterday.

Staff, students and parents of the Marist College in Athlone are united in grief following the sad passing of Mary Cryan, a teacher who was described as an “amazing friend & colleague”.

The Sligo native, who was living in Monksland, Athlone, died peacefully at her home Monday morning after a battle with illness.

Aged in her late 40s, Ms Cryan taught geography and religion at the Marist since 1999, and also served as a special educational needs organiser within the school.

“She was a dedicated teacher who always guided her students to do their best. An amazing friend & colleague,” the school said on social media. “She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but she will remain in our hearts & memories. Our thoughts are with her family.”

The Westmeath Independent is reporting that the departing sixth year students at the school have decided to postpone their graduation dance, which had been scheduled to take place this evening (Tuesday), as a mark of respect.

Mary Cryan, originally from Dernaskeagh, Ballinafad, Sligo, was predeceased by her father Kevin and sister Margaret.

She is deeply mourned by her mother Mary, sister Sandra, partner James, brother-in-law David, nieces Saoirse and Róisín, aunts and uncles, cousins friends, and neighbours.

Her remains will repose in Perry’s funeral home, Ballymote, tomorrow morning (Wednesday) from 10 am to 11.30 am, with the funeral arriving at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Culfadda, for Funeral Mass at 12 noon. Mass will be followed afterwards by burial in Knockbrack Cemetery.

House Private, please. No flowers. Donations in lieu, if desired, to North West Hospice. Those who wish to leave a condolence may do by clicking the link.

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