The pupils, teachers, parents and members of the Drumkilly community, together with the principal, Ena Corr (on extreme right of photograph), watch Catherine Murphy, widow of the late Master David Murphy and their son David, unveil the sun dial in memory of Master Murphy. PHOTOS: SEAN MCMAHON

Sun dial brightens up Drumkilly

The unveiling of a unique sun dial in the grounds of Drumkilly NS last Friday afternoon brightened up the entire school community.

The sun dial is in memory of the late Master David Murphy, who taught in the school in the parish of Crosserlough from 1975 to 2004, and was the youngest school principal in Ireland at the time at the age of just 19 years - a record that still stands.

The widow of Master Murphy, Catherine, and his son David, were present to unveil the new sun dial, and also a new defibrillator at the community hall.

David spoke on behalf of the Murphy family and thanked everyone for welcoming them there and hosting the event in memory of his father.

“We are delighted that dad’s memory will live on in Drumkilly NS – it is a fantastic school. The school always held a special place in Dad’s heart and he taught here for 34 years,” said David. “He was extremely proud of the school and the pupils and had a deep affinity with the people in the area. It was his second home and he always felt part of the community,” added his proud son.

David thanked the current school principal, Ena Corr, and Edel Connolly from the Drumkilly Development Group for progressing the Sun Dial monument and defibrillator projects for the community.

Speaking at the unveiling of a new defibrillator on the wall on the community hall across the road from the Drumkilly NS, the Chairman of the Drumkilly Development Association revealed that the device will also be used in CPR training locally in the near future.

Margaret and David Murphy cut the ribbon to unveil the new defibrillator, following which refreshments were served in the community hall.