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Christ King School, Cork remembers former Principal

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21/10/2016

Family, friends and Christ King staff at dedication of library
to Sr Berchmans Murphy, former Principal

On 23rd September 2016, the date she would have celebrated her 100th birthday, the Christ King school community welcomed the family, friends and past colleagues of Sr. Berchmans Murphy to a celebration dedicating the library to her memory. 

Sr. Berchmans  was one of the great Principals of Christ King and developed the school into an outstanding educational institution which is of benefit to all the local community.

She was the literary genius of the house who always provided a suitable quotation for every occasion.  Born on 23rd September in 1916 in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, she entered the convent South Presentation Cork in 1935.  Professed in 1938 she went to U.C.C. for BA in English/Irish and went on to complete an MA in English.  She began teaching in South Presentation Convent Secondary School in 1943.  As well as teaching she enjoyed embroidery and painting.

She was Principal first of South Pres, then joined the teaching staff of Sacred Heart Secondary School (as Christ King was known then), becoming Principal in 1970. Following studies in Italian, Sr. Berchmans received the high honour of Stella Della Solidarieta from the Italian Government for her role in fostering Irish-Italian relations. After her retirement, she travelled to Pakistan to teach English, returning after two years to teach Italian in Christ King.

Sr. Berchmans was fondly loved by the staff and students and had a great spiritual presence in the school.  She always had the welfare of students in her heart.  An inspirational and holy lady, she was the embodiment of the Gospel values as expounded by Venerable Nano Nagle.

Principal Mary Keane observed that she was fortunate  to have known Sr. Berchmans when she became Principal at Christ King and that the Library dedication will ensure that her memory lives on.

A Poem, written by Gerard Coughlan, a former Staff member was recited. 

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