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Sister Angela on her appointment as Principal, 1972 - View Full Size Image
Sister Angela on her appointment as Principal, 1972
Some of the first male students at Loreto College, 1977, during Sister Angela’s Principalship - View Full Size Image
Some of the first male students at Loreto College, 1977, during Sister Angela’s Principalship
Sister Angela (2nd from right) with former Principals Sister Philomena, Miss Loretta Diamond and Mr Brian Lenehan - View Full Size Image
Sister Angela (2nd from right) with former Principals Sister Philomena, Miss Loretta Diamond and Mr Brian Lenehan
01/11/2018 SISTER ANGELA HIGGINS

Former Principal of Loreto College, Sister Angela Higgins, of Loreto Convent, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin passed away peacefully on October 30 2018, at Tara Winthrop Private Clinic, Swords, Co. Dublin.

Sister Angela was Principal of Loreto College from 1972-1981.

Originally from Ballygawley, Sr Angela had previously taught Home Economics in St Joseph’s College before coming to teach at Loreto.  A highly efficient administrator and strict disciplinarian, she was extremely able and highly respected by everyone.  Had her life taken another path, she might have made an impressive CEO; indeed, after her Principalship of Loreto Coleraine, she became Mother Provincial, which meant that she had an overview of all the Loreto schools in Ireland. Her steely determination helped her guide Loreto towards great successes.  The school celebrated its Golden Jubilee (1980) during her time as Principal; even more significantly, Sister Angela oversaw the renaming of the school as Loreto College in 1977 and the arrival of its first 25 male students.  Another part of her legacy was the opening of the two-storey block housing the Art & Design rooms and Library, just after her retirement as Principal.

Sister Angela will be fondly remembered by those she taught, her former colleagues and the members of the Loreto Community in Coleraine as well as those in Balbriggan where she had lived in latter years.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sr Angela’s family and with the members of the Loreto Community.  Sr Angela was predeceased by her brothers James and Paul. She will be sadly missed by her Loreto Community and by her loving family: her siblings Paddy, Bernadette, Frank, Clare, Gertie, Nuala and Deirdre, by her nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family and friends.