Opening of Danny’s Garden

On Wednesday 22nd of June staff and pupils gathered to remember Danny Szalai, our past pupil who died 8 months

Our principal, Mr O Sullivan welcomed Danny’s mother Krisztina, and his younger brother Richie who is a pupil in Ms. McAdoo’s Junior Infants class.

He also welcomed Fr. George O’ Mahony, our Parish Priest, who was so helpful and supportive to the family last October as well as Tom Butler, Chairperson of Ballincollig Tidy Towns Committee.

Danny Szalai was a pupil in Ms. Farrell’s First Class at that time. He had become very sick during the summer of 2014 when he and his family were in Spain on their holidays. His illness was a great shock to his parents Krisztina and Charlie. For the following 14 months they and the medical specialists in Barcelona, Dublin and Cork who treated Danny did everything in their power to help him to get better. Danny fought ever so bravely during those months to cling to life, to his family and friends. But despite the very best efforts of everybody involved, Danny died on the 23rd October last.

Danny was a very loving, happy and endearing child. He remained incredibly positive, brave and resilient throughout his illness. His parents and his younger brother Richie miss him terribly as do all of us in Scoil Barra who knew him and shared our lives with him in this school.

On Wednesday last, we remembered Danny in a special way. We gathered to dedicate our new Sensory Garden to his memory. Danny was a very sensitive boy and it is really fitting that this Sensory Garden which encourages a focus on all five of our senses will forever be associated with such a sensitive and endearing child. We celebrate the love and the happiness that he brought into our lives. The flowers, plants and ornaments in this garden remind us of his bright smile, his happy nature and his love of life.

May he rest in peace.


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