“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child”. It won’t take a hundred years to understand how important Clerihan School Principal John Walsh was in the lives of the children whom he taught during his career as a teacher. The grief felt in our community when the news of his untimely death became known last Monday was palpable but this was matched by a show of great affection and respect for “múinteoir” from pupils past and present, from Clerihan parents and the wider Clerihan Community. John worked hand in hand with Clerihan GAA club since it was resurrected in 2005. He trained the schools teams and more recently was trainer of the Clerihan U14 ladies. To say he was passionate about our games would be an understatement. Our sympathies go to his wife Mary, his daughters Aisling and Lisa both of whom play for Clerihan ladies, his sister Mairead and her family, to the staff at St Michaels N.S., to the his pupils, his friends in Clerihan and beyond and to the Ardfinnan and Ballybacon/Grange Club with whom he played with distinction. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
DOCHAS NASAMU ORPHANAGE
Dochas Nasamu Orphanage in Nairobi, an Irish Aids orphanage, is holding a used clothing appeal for ladies, gents and childrens’ clothes, shoes, household linens, soft toys, handbags, on Friday, February 1, until 11.30am, inside Clerihan Community Hall. Contact Marie 0876890995.