On May 19, 2011, the early education playground at Saint Columbkille was opened and dedicated to Patricia Coyle and Karen Noonan, two Lynch School of Education students who were killed in December 1988 when the plane carrying them back to the US from a semester abroad was destroyed by a terrorist bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland. Now 35 years later, we honor both these women's contributions, as well as the generous donation to for the playground.
The playground was made possible by a gift from Boston College alumni Jim and Krisann Miller. Patricia Coyle was Krisann Miller’s twin sister. The Millers, Patricia Coyle and Karen Noonan were all members of the Boston College Class of 1990. Jim Miller was a member of the Board of Trustees at Saint Columbkille Partnership School and has been a dedicated benefactor of the school, specifically in launching its early childhood program. The Millers and the Coyles continue to be generous supporters of Saint Columbkille today.
Parents Matt and Jan Coyle of Connecticut and Pat and Nancy Noonan of Maryland attend the playground dedication ceremony in 2011 at Saint Columbkille.