Today was a very sad day for everyone associated with the Castlewellan community and our school as we paid a final farewell to past pupil, Ellen Finnegan, who died so tragically in the early hours of Saturday morning. Ellen, who left our school in June '08, was the epitome of everything that our school stands for. She smiled every second of every day and embraced every activity be it work, music, sport or drama, with an infectious enthusiasm that left a lasting impression on ...those of us lucky enough to have had the pleasure of teaching her. Indeed she came back to our school less than two years ago to complete work experience with the same happy, bubbly persona. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. We extend our deepest sympathy to her father Bartley and the entire family circle and assure them of our prayers in the difficult days that lie ahead. May she rest in peace. St Malachy Pray for her.