Sr Maria Goretti celebrates Platinum Jubilee in Arklow

While Britain celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, in Arklow

another Platinum Jubilee was being marked - that of Sr. Maria Goretti of St.

Mary’s College, who celebrated a 70 years vocation to the Sisters of Mercy.

Having come to St. Mary’s as 16-year-old Carmel O’Neill, she spent two years as

a boarder and was inspired to enter the religious life, professing her vows in 1952.

Three years later she returned to the school as a nun and a Teacher of Commerce,

Musicianship and Typing. Sr. Maria was also the school Bursar and later did a coaching

course for Basketball and this became a great passion of hers.

After she retired she spent many years helping out in the school and had a wonderful relationship with students and staff.