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*Locals say goodbye to the Sisters Of Mercy in Spanish Point. Photograph: John Mangan

Sisters of Mercy have left Spanish Point bringing to a close their ninety one year association with the area.

On Sunday, a drive-by farewell was organised within the local community to pay tribute to the departing nuns, Angela, Zita, Mona and Noreen who will now take up residence in Ennis and Limerick.

St Josephs Secondary School in Spanish Point was set up by the nuns. Former principal, Mary Crawford said of the nuns’ contribution to the area, “Our community and wider area is the richer for your input and the great turnout on Sunday was a measure of the regard and affection in which you are held”.

Current staff at the school noted “The great turnout on Sunday was a measure of the regard and affection we all have for you”.

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