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Posted on 10th January 2020 | News

The St. Mary’s community has been saddened by the death of a highly esteemed former member of teaching staff.  Mrs Deirdre McCann (RIP) passed away on 1 January 2020.

Requiem Mass for Mrs McCann was celebrated in St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Belfast on Wednesday 8 January 2020.  Her funeral was attended by a large number of Mrs McCann’s colleagues and friends from St. Mary’s, as well as current and past pupils from the school.

Mrs McCann joined the staff of  St. Mary’s in September 2003 as Head of History and, in 2013, she was appointed to the school’s Senior Leadership Team.  She retired in 2016. Mrs McCann taught History and Government and Politics and, in her Senior Leadership role, she had responsibility for the pastoral care of pupils at Key Stage 5.  An inspirational teacher, Mrs McCann’s passion for the subjects she taught was evident in every lesson. She was committed to bringing out the best in every pupil through her energetic and witty lesson delivery, combined with her expert knowledge. 

Paying tribute to Mrs McCann, Mr Dunlop (Acting Principal) reflected: “Deirdre was a charismatic, genuine lady.  She was always attuned and attentive to the needs of others, including pupils and staff, and she will be remembered for her thoughtfulness and kindness.  She was an exceptional teacher and countless numbers of pupils have been enriched by the privilege of her instruction.  On behalf of the Board of Governors, staff, pupils and parents of the school, I wish to express how deeply we regret the passing of Deirdre and extend our sincere sympathy to her husband, Noel, and daughters, Dearbhla and Orlaith, on the loss of a truly special and unique individual.”