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Mrs Fidelma Burgess, at her Retirement Dinner, with Mrs Aideen Ahern - View Full Size Image
Mrs Fidelma Burgess, at her Retirement Dinner, with Mrs Aideen Ahern
Mrs Fidelma Burgess speaking at her Retirement Dinner - View Full Size Image
Mrs Fidelma Burgess speaking at her Retirement Dinner
Mrs Fidelma Burgess with her husband, Mr Barry Burgess, visiting the School Museum during the 75th Anniversary in 2005 - View Full Size Image
Mrs Fidelma Burgess with her husband, Mr Barry Burgess, visiting the School Museum during the 75th Anniversary in 2005
26/03/2015 MRS FIDELMA BURGESS

It was with great sadness that all those connected with Loreto College received the news that Mrs Fidelma Burgess had passed away, on Saturday 21st March 2014.

Mrs Burgess retired from Loreto College in June 2000, following many years’ service to the College as Head of Irish.  Originally from Anagry in Donegal, Mrs Burgess taught Irish and Commerce at first, after coming to teach at Loreto in 1966, and later became involved in the Careers Department.  Her quiet efficiency was an asset from the start of her career, when she had responsibility for the bookstore, while her friendly and supportive personality helped her to deal with early school-leavers, and to advise them on handling their transition from school to further education or employment.

Mrs Burgess was chief make-up artist for many school musicals through the years, as well as organising the annual Irish Mass and Gaeltacht trips.  Those who worked with her remember her fondly as a good friend as well as a colleague, and as someone who mixed efficiency and kindness when teaching, advising and inspiring students.  Whether in discussing future plans or fostering a love of the Irish Language and culture, Mrs Burgess always inspired her students and, like her colleagues, her former students retain fond memories of her.

Mrs Burgess passed away on Saturday 21st March after a long illness.  We pray for the repose of her soul and for her husband, Mr Barry Burgess, her children, her wider family circle and her many friends.  The photographs here show Mrs Burgess in happier times: at her Retirement Dinner in June 2000 and visiting the Loreto Museum, reminiscing about happy years of association with the College, on the occasion of the school’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations in June 2005.