Wednesday 25 April 2018

'Harsh disciplinarian' who founded a college

Barry Duggan

PADRAIG O'SHEA (67) was always interested in going somewhere, and fast.

Originally from Farranfore in Kerry, he was just 24-years-old when he became the country's youngest principal in a school in the North Mayo Gaeltacht.

He taught Irish, maths and had a "fanatical interest in Latin".

He was "a tough teacher, a harsh disciplinarian and a stickler on grammar".

In Borrisoleigh he first started teaching in the Convent of Mercy school. He then bought the old Borrisoleigh national school building.

This was to be the venue for the town's new secondary school -- St Joseph's College.

He is married with five children -- all university graduates.

Mr O'Shea continues to work as school manager at Joseph's College which has 22 staff and just over 300 students.

Irish Independent

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