There was widespread shock and sorrow in Donegal this week as news spread of the death yesterday morning of MaryAnn Kane, Acting Chief Executive of Donegal VEC.
The VEC’s administration offices in Letterkenny are closed today as a mark of respect.
A life-long resident of Mountcharles, Ms Kane joined the staff of Abbey Vocational School in 1980 and went on to be appointed Deputy Principal in 1986. In 2001, she succeeded JJ Harvey as Principal.
In 2006, she took up the post of Education Officer with Donegal VEC and, when Séan Ó’Longáin retired in 2009, she was appointed Acting CEO.
Bundoran Mayor, Philip McGlynn, paid tribute to her at a Town Council meeting yesterday afternoon. “I would like to propose a vote of sympathy on the death this morning of MaryAnn Kane. Our sympathies go out to her family, friends and all her colleagues at the VEC. Her passing is a very sad loss to the VEC in Donegal.”
Cllr. Mick McMahon said she “worked tirelessly” for education in the county.
Ann McHugh, Acting Education Officer for Donegal VEC told Highland Radio: “We were all very, very shocked when we got the news. Mary Ann had been ill but it’s still always a shock when you hear news like that. She was a wonderful prescence here in the office. Any time you visited, she was always so welcoming. I know that the staff will absolutely miss her very, very much”
Bernie Mulhern, a member of Donegal VEC, said: “Her death is a huge loss to Donegal VEC and to education in the county as a whole. She did a great job as CEO.
“She was very committed to the Abbey Vocational School over the years as well and so many students and parents would have known her. She was a great teacher and a great principal and always had a great empathy. She understood all the issues that parents had and students had.”
Removal from her late residence at The Glen, Mountcharles will take place on Saturday morning at 10.30am to the Church of The Sacred Heart for funeral mass at 11am, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.