Welcome to the website of the Cork Branch of the
Institute of Guidance Counsellors.
The final branch meeting of the year will be held on
Friday 19th May in Rochestown Park Hotel from 2pm.
There will be a short presentation by Brian Comerford - a fellow guidance counsellor and the man behind ClassroomGuidance.ie who will be demonstrating his latest resources and class materials.
This will be followed by a short branch meeting and members forum, after which members are invited to stay for the
end of year branch social event.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.
The Branch would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Katrina O'Flynn; the following piece was written by two of her close friends in the branch, Ruth Gillespie and Mary McNamara:
Katrina O’Flynn passed away suddenly last Monday the 1 of
May 2017 and the branch would like to honour her tireless work as a Guidance
Counsellor over the past 34 years.
was constantly full of energy and good humour and had a way of bringing light and
joy into the room with her. She always
had a kind word for everybody and no matter how busy she was, she made the time
to listen to students and staff alike.
Katrina cared deeply about her work as a Guidance
Counsellor because Katrina had a depth of compassion, empathy and humanity that
shone through in everything she did and had an impact on everyone she met.
Katrina was a steadfast guide and counsellor to the
students with whom she worked, and always had their best interests at
heart. They mattered to her and so Mrs
O’ Flynn mattered to them because she treated each student in her care with
respect and supported them, in every way, to engage in their own future, their career
and their lives. Katrina was committed
to supporting her students on to Third level.
She was fabulous at following up on past pupils, often keeping in
contact with many of them, as they started on their journey to fulfil the
potential that she saw in them and supported them to achieve.
People who knew Katrina speak of her with deep
respect, love, and acknowledgement of her dedication to her job as a Guidance
Counsellor, Teacher and indeed Friend.
Our heartfelt sympathies go
out to her beloved family, her husband, Victor, her children, grandchildren, sons-in-
law, brother and sisters. The large
attendance at her funeral is an acknowledgement of the mark of respect from colleagues,
friends and the wider community.
Katrina will be sadly missed by all the students,
parents and staff that she worked with over the years but her legacy lives on
in the positive impact she made on all our lives.
Rest in Peace Katrina.
Last updated 15.05.17