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Gertie McCabe, BA, 1963 (died on 24 October 2017)

Extract from obituary in the Ulster Herald

Gertie McCabe was born in Belcoo during the war years and after studying at Mount Lourdes Convent, attained a degree in Music and French from Queen’s University. She was the second full-time female teacher to be appointed to the Christian Brothers Grammar School in Omagh in 1970.

She also performed as rehearsal pianist and accompanist for several pantomimes in the old Town Hall, conducted the choir at Christ the King Church at Strathroy, and served as a council member on the Irish Church Music Association for many years.

In their annual summer schools, Gertie gave workshops into sight-reading, as well as contributing to discussions on the development of liturgical music in Ireland, apart from her secretarial duties. She was an Irish language enthusiast and a frequent visitor to the Donegal Gaeltacht.

On her retirement from teaching, 20 years ago, Genie pursued her musical interests in various parts of the country.

Gertie had many friends and associates throughout Ireland in her work as a teacher, linguist, musician and choral director. She will be remembered as a generous, gifted, loyal and humorous individual.

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