The Music Department platform concerts took place on April 10th & 11thin Halla Cullen; this was Marion Ryan’s last concert in charge of the Music Department, much to the dismay of all when she announced her retirement.

Marion (and her family) have played an enormous part in  St Louis for many years on a voluntary basis and it is impossible to say how much she will be missed. She is known for her generosity of spirit, high expectations, professional musicianship, good nature and good humour, but her kindness and integrity is something to which many of us aspire; we wish her and Miles all the very best as they begin the next chapter of music making and look forward to welcoming Marion back to weekly theory lessons( or, in fact, just pretending that she actually is still here on a daily basis!) Her impact and influence on so many musicians is inestimable, so it was particularly fitting that her son Peter conducted the St Louis Junior Orchestra to first place in the Dublin Feis Ceoil last month – a  testament to all in the Music Department, particularly Angela and Isobel, and not least the musicians whom Marion has nurtured and cherished.