THE father of a woman who was stabbed to death at her home near Maguiresbridge last year has planted a flower in her memory at the school where she used to work.
During a 20 minute service to remember Concepta Leonard one year from her brutal murder; pupils at Jones Memorial Primary School read a poem entitled ‘Recipe for Friendship’ in tribute to their beloved cook. 
Ms Leonard was killed by her former partner Peadar Phair who stabbed her to death before attempting to kill her 30 year old son Conor who has Down’s Syndrome. He then took his own life.
Last week pupils, teachers and kitchen staff attended a special afternoon assembly where they were joined by Ms Leonard’s father Dinny, Canon Ian Ellis of Rossorry Parish Church and the Education Authority’s Letitia Conway and Russell Allen. 
Afterwards Linda Tummon, one of Ms Leonard’s former colleagues, read a poem on behalf of the kitchen staff, written by the 51 year old’s best friend Sandra, a catering supervisor at Maguiresbridge Primary School. 
Following prayers by Canon Ellis, Mr. Leonard planted a fuchsia in a flower bed outside the entrance to the school kitchen and a stone plaque was erected in Ms Leonard’s memory.
Ms Leonard’s killing caused widespread shock and revulsion just over 12 months ago. 
Hundreds of mourners gathered at St. Mary’s Church in Brookeborough for her funeral with pupils from Jones Memorial performing a guard of honour. 
Fermanagh Women’s Aid said Ms. Leonard’s death highlighted the nature of domestic violence. 
“This case is tragic and horrific, it will shock and scare people. Concepta’s life matters; she was a smart, funny caring woman, she was murdered by the man she had once loved,” said a spokesperson for the Enniskillen based organisation.