A Ringsend teacher who was credited with being the inspiration to a Portstewart recipient of the British Empire Medal has been celebrated in a new book.
‘The Moores of Ringsend Manse’ has been written by Dr Sam Logan from Portstewart.
Rev Robert Moore worked within the Ulster Farmers’ Union, rising to become its President.
Miss Forbes was a village schoolteacher. Following her marriage to Rev Moore, she continued to educate every pupil in her bulging two-teacher school.
Whether destined to stay on the farm or to go on to further study, Mrs Moore instilled in these children a belief in the value of application and how to achieve all they could.
Mrs Joan Bell from Portstewart was recently mentioned in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to performing arts dedicated her award to Mrs Moore who had been her teacher.
Joan said: “I would like to dedicate the British Empire Medal awarded to me in the Queen’s Birthday Honours to my very dear, outstanding and most inspirational primary school teacher, the late Mrs Margaret Moore, principal of Ringsend Primary School for many years.”
Joan is convinced that anything worthwhile that she has ever done all stemmed from the influence of this very special lady.
“Mrs Moore was never awarded a medal but she would have deserved many,” said Joan.
The book ‘The Moores of Ringsend Manse’ is available from Dr Logan, 1 Culdaff Road, Portstewart.
For more information telephone 028 7083 3252. The book is priced at £7 plus postage.