On Friday, October 23rd Our Lady’s Bower marked the end of an era with the retirement of our Principal, colleague & friend. Mr Noel Casey’s blood truly runs blue, thanks to his love for the Dubs, Chelsea, St Dominic’s and most importantly since 1983, the Bower. Covid-19 restrictions may have meant we were unable to come together as a whole school community to wish Mr Casey well as he begins this next chapter, but it did not prevent students and staff giving him the send-off he truly deserved.

The school was awash with Mr Casey’s favourite colour for the occasion. Blue bunting hung overhead with some staff donning Dublin jerseys (even those from Mayo put county rivalries to one side for this special day). Others were smartly turned out in well-pressed shirts and ties and blazers in honour of the always dapper Mr C. Students were transported back in time with staff also wearing masks of the main man from different stages of his 37-year career. While the face may not have changed all that much, the hair styles certainly did.

Mr Casey visited each class group throughout the day to speak with the girls one last time and was overwhelmed by the well-wishes, balloons, cakes, cards and gifts he received. Head Girls Ella Mears and Rebecca Norris had also been busy in the run up to the day, secretly organising video messages from Dublin GAA players Dean Rock and Jonny Cooper.

Hundreds of messages of congratulations have been posted on the school’s social media pages over the past week and we would like to thank all past pupils & parents who have been in touch and shared their best wishes and fond memories of their time in the Bower with Mr Casey as teacher, Deputy Principal and Principal. As a school community we wish him a long and happy retirement. We thank him for the indelible mark he has left on Our Lady’s Bower and the positive impact he has had on our Bower girls over the past 37 years.  Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat Noel. You will be very much missed by staff and students alike.