The Graiguecullen community was shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Sinead Nolan on Sunday, a young woman in her early 40s.
Sinead, who worked as a primary school teacher in the Gaelscoil in Portlaoise, had been a founding member of the Gaelscoil in Athy, where she also served as principal.
A strong advocate of the Irish language, she was known to many of her friends as ‘Múinteoir’ and had recently been pushing the promotion of the Irish language strongly in the Graiguecullen GAA club, offering extra lessons to students out of school hours.
This year she had started the process of integrating Graiguecullen GAA into the Joe McDonagh Foundation, a support service provided by Glór na nGael and the GAA to further the Irish language in the community.
The Nolan family are steeped in the Graiguecullen GAA community and Sinéad played a very active role too.
She was particularly involved at juvenile level and in fundraising efforts like Strictly Come Dancing, standing on the gate at matches and supporting the club in their big games in O’Moore Park.
With the students, she was a friendly and kind presence in the school environs and she’ll be sadly missed by all that knew her.
Funeral details to follow.