St Joseph's bids fond farewell to Principal

Principal Brendan Dennehy
Principal Brendan Dennehy
Principal Brendan Dennehy (back row) with pupils wishing him well on his retirement at Castlemaine National School on Friday
Principal Brendan Dennehy (back row) with past pupils Sandra Myers, Jack Lawlor, Marie Burke and Anthony Kelliher wishing him well on his retirement at Castlemaine National School on Friday
Principal Brendan Dennehy with his wife Noreen and children John, Marian, Ed and Katie at Castlemaine National School on Friday

Fergus Dennehy

It was an emotional day on the grounds of St Joseph's NS in Castlemaine last Friday, as Principal Brendan Dennehy bade farewell to staff and pupils after 30 years in the school.

The day rounded off a wonderful 36 years teaching for Brendan, six of which he spent up the country, and according to the man himself, he says "was very lucky to be given 36 years to the job he loved" and to be allowed to sign off in his own way.

"We had a great day, simply a great, great day. We had mass at one o'clock on the day and this was attended by all the school kids and the neighbours and all my friends," said Brendan, talking to The Kerryman on Tuesday.

"After this then, we went back to the school for about an hour or so and there was a huge gang gathered back there as well, I got a guard of honour coming in through the yard by the students, which I felt was absolutely lovely," he continued.

"There were presentations made, which I didn't want," he said with a laugh, "but I really appreciated the thought behind them.

"The Board of Management then organised a function for all the teachers and staff that night and we had a lovely meal in Knightley's Bar in Castlemaine, which was followed by a great night of music; we won't say what time that finished up at of course, but it was a late one," he laughed again.

"It was a very sad day leaving, I'm going to miss the kids terribly and the staff and all the fun that we all used to have there. They were good years," he continued.

"It was the right time to go, I felt. I'm a retiree now and, for now, I'm going to put my feet up for a bit, get back the energy and move onto the next big thing now," he finished.

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