It is with deep sadness that we announce the death this morning, 27th April, of Reverend Father Robert Arthure, PE.
Fr. Arthure served as a member of our school’s board of management from its inception until 2020, but of course played a huge role in the story of primary education in Cappoquin since long before Bunscoil Gleann Sidheáin existed. In different capacities, mostly as chairperson, he made a lasting contribution to previous incarnations of our local schools. He was certainly a major driving force behind the creation of the current school, acquiring the site for the parish and garnering both local and Departmental support for its construction. He was our guardian, a regular visitor and a great supporter of everything at the school, to the last. As recently as last Christmas, Fr. Robert was available to help deal with various queries about boundary fences, and as late as last Friday expressed his delight at the peace of mind he got from the news that the school was again open to all our children. It was typical of the man that, when asked about an appropriate gift from the school to mark his retirement, he suggested the simple planting of a tree, one that would have nice seasonal colour to help inspire the children. That tree, a mountain ash, was planted near the entrance to the school building some weeks ago.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Kevin McCarthy (Chairperson)
Martin Delaney (Principal)