David retires after 40 years at CBS
The curtain came down on the teaching career of the popular David Garvey, who has spent his entire working life on the staff at C.B.S. Secondary Charleville, from where he retired in recently.
The son of Tralee based Charleville man Paddy and the late Philomena Garvey (nee Rea, Ballyhea), David was educated at national and secondary schools in Tralee and later in U.C.C.
On his graduation from U.C.C. in 1977 David secured a position at Charleville Secondary C.B.S., and remained in Charleville for the remainder of his teaching career until his recent retirement.
He recalled starting teaching in Charleville with the Rev. Brother Mahady as the Superior and has seen the transition from Brothers to lay teaching staff. "My last years in the school was under the management of lady principal Una Griffin and deputy-principal Tracey Groome. Of course, the school continues to be run in the ethos of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers," said David.
Teaching French, English and P.E., David has been involved in the school's sporting activities from the start, particularly hurling.
Charleville C.B.S. is long regarded as a cradle of the G.A.A. and many of its past pupils have figured prominently in the success of local clubs such as Charleville, Newtownshandrun, Ballyhea, Bruree, Kilmallock at county level in the various grades.
The school punches above its weight in colleges competitions such as the Harty Cup, the Rice Cup, Corn Phadraig and in the Limerick Senior Colleges Competition, and David Garvey has been involved with the school GAA teams down through the years with teachers such as the late Sean Jones, Tony Murphy and Timmy O'Callaghan.
The addition of the sports hall at the local Charleville GAA Club has been of tremendous benefit to the school's teams. Here the students can attend the indoor training sessions over the winter period and this is a very welcome development.
Commenting on the Charleville School itself, he said he has seen a huge change in its infrastructure with the addition of two extensions in recent years. "The school now offers a wider choice of subjects in the curriculum and the addition of woodwork design and communication graphics, material technology and construction studies has been a great boost for the school."
David, who lives in nearby Ballyhea, is married to Eileen, who still teaches English, Irish, maths and business studies at Charleville CBS Secondary School, and they have four in family. He is a member of Ballyhea GAA Club where he is involved in looking after the juvenile section of the club. However he now intends to play a little more golf and keep in regular touch with the activities at the school.
He is wished a long, happy and healthy retirement.