GREAT delight and congratulations abounded for Padraig Hamill on his appointment as principal of Colaiste Ris in Dundalk.
This was particularly so in the Geraldines club where Padraig has a very close and long and active association. He is the present chairman of the junior Committee, and manager of the Minor team as well as actively involved with the under-14 team that is to represent Louth yet again in the Feile na nOg.
Sincere good wishes were extended to Padraig who turns 50 this year when the news broke on Wednesday last. He will succeed good friend Kevin Wynne when the latter retires at the end of August.
By coincidence Kevin who has filled the post for the last nine years also resides in the parish. He succeeded Frank Cooney who was the first lay principal of the college, and served in the post 15 years.
Padraig will take over the running the college where he was a student, and has spent his entire 28 years as a teacher there, having obtained a science degree and HDip. He has taught science, physics and maths.
Presently there are over 500 students, boys and girls, enrolled in the college.
Padraig is former pupil of Haggardstown National School of which he is proud. He was reared at the Green Gates where his parents John and Eithne ran the local grocery store.
Now living on Chapel Pass, Blackrock, he and wife Jane have three children, Eoin, Mairead and Dara.
His appointment was 'an emotional and proud day' with his parents both deceased, his mother passing to her eternal reward on New Year's Day.
He says for a 'role model' he could not have better than the man he takes over from who continues to 'work incredibly hard and is a real professional.'
Padraig has played a very active role with the College football teams over the years, as well as the Dundalk Colleges team, of which he is the present co-ordinator, along with his very active role with the Geraldines, being as well a former club treasurer.