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Balla in mourning after death of school principal


‘ENERGY, ENDEAVOUR AND VISION’ The late Patricia McTigue.

Michael Commins

THE principal of Balla Secondary School, Patricia McTigue, was laid to rest in Ballindine on Saturday, the day of her 44th birthday. There were poignant scenes as her family and many friends gathered for the Requiem Mass in St Joseph’s Church in Ballindine where tributes were paid to a lady whose gentle outreach had touched the lives of so many over the years.
Patricia, formerly Flannery from Ballymacward, Co Galway, was diagnosed with an illness around Easter last year. She was unable to resume her duties in Balla school since then. She fought her illness with great courage and bravery and even attended the Confirmation ceremony in Irishtown Church two weeks ago where her son Fionn was among those confirmed by Archbishop Michael Neary.
Patricia and her husband Brían McTigue from Kiltimagh had resided in Ballindine for the last 15 years. Their four sons, Brían Óg, Fionn, Ódhran and Iarlaith, range in age from 13 down to 3. The family have been active in the local parish and especially with Davitts GAA Club. Patricia was also much involved with the church choir in Ballindine.
The very large attendances at the reposing ceremony in Carey’s Funeral Home on Friday evening and the overflow attendance at the Mass on Saturday reflected the huge regard and esteem in which Patricia was held by so many people. The Mass was relayed to the nearby Community Centre which helped cater for many others who were unable to get into the church.
Fr Martin O’Connor, PP, delivered a lovely homily celebrating the qualities that endeared Patricia to so many and made her such an outstanding teacher. He was joined by six other priests for the concelebrated Mass.
Other tributes were delivered by her brother Michael Flannery and also by the current acting principal of Balla school, Teresa Walsh. Students from Balla Secondary School formed a major guard of honour, a deeply moving show of gratitude, respect and sadness for their departed teacher and friend.
‘Deep regret’
Balla Secondary School has expressed their sadness and sense of loss at the passing of Patricia McTigue. “It is with deep regret that we share the news of the death of Ms Patricia McTigue, Principal of Balla Secondary School.
“Patricia joined the teaching staff of the school in 2001. In more recent years she assumed the role of Deputy Principal and was appointed Principal in 2015.
“Patricia was renowned for her energy, endeavour and vision. Both as teacher and Principal, she was highly respected and showed great commitment to the development of the school.  She always took a very keen interest in the well-being of all students. Developing links with the local community was central to her vision. 
“She was a great advocate of the Catholic ethos and was instrumental in the development of the school choir which enhanced various liturgies in the parish.
“She will be greatly missed by students, staff and the entire school community but most especially by her husband Brían and her young children, Brían Óg, Fionn, Ódhran and Iarlaith, her parents, sisters and brothers, extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.”
Patricia is deeply regretted by husband and family, parents, her sisters, Annette, Mary and Carmel, her brothers Michael, Pádraig and Liam, her parents-in-law Hugh and Caít McTigue, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and colleagues.

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