Last Friday, August 28, the academic year purred into life with the arrival of the â€˜first yearsâ€™ for they first day in Cashel Community School.
The obvious level of excitement and anticipation was not confined to the students for it was also the first day for new principal John Gallagher, who was appointed during the Summer to take over from Eddie Morrissey, who had been at the helm since the school opened in 1994.
A native of Donegal, John, has been down this neck of the woods since his college days in Limerick. An advocate of coeducation, which he has been immersed for all of his career, John has previously taught in schools in Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford. Married to Fiona, they have four children, three boys and a girl, two off to college, one having just completed the junior certificate examinations and the youngest just like his father starting second level in a new school this week.
A keen sportsman with an interest in all games, Donegal football would obviously be top of the pile, Johnâ€™s uncle and brother played for the county. As he lives in south Kilkenny, John, supports that county in hurling, a game incidentally he saw for the first time as a student in Thomond College. A Man Utd supporter he played junior soccer with Seaview Celtic and Piltown FC.
Cashel Community School is Johnâ€™s first post as principal and he is delighted to get the opportunity to lead people, there has he said been great legacy left behind, built up over a large number of years by all the teaching staff and he looks forward to keeping the ship going in the right direction.