Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sadness at death of former teacher Con

The late Con Dineen
The late Con Dineen

Much sadness has been occasioned by the death last week of former Taghmon National School Vice Principal Con Dinneen, of Glenville Road, Barntown, who passed away on Wednesday.

Con, who was aged 77, is deeply missed by his wife Betty and daughter Fiona, family and friends.

A large crowd attended his Funeral Mass at Barntown Church on Saturday, to pay their final respects to the 'quiet, humble man'.

A native of Macroom in Co. Cork, both Con's parents came from the Gaeltacht. His mother, Abbey, came from Re na nDaoiri and his father Lawerence had roots in Baile Mhurie and Cul Aodh. Con had a real love of his native tongue and remained a fluent Irish speaker his entire life.

He was pre-deceased by his bothers Denis, Donal and Christy, as well as his father, who died when Con was just six months old.

A star pupil in his younger days, Con was an able mathematician, and classical scholar, and won himself a place in to study engineering in university. However, financial considerations led him to opt to study instead at St. Patricks Teacher Training College, in Drumcondra, in Dublin.

It was a toss of a coin that brought him to a position in Taghmon when he qualified, as he was offered two teaching jobs on the same day, and so he flipped a coin to decide which one to take!

Always a dedicated teacher, he came to highly regarded by parents and pupils over the 38 years of his career in that community.

After moving to Wexford, he met his 'Macra beauty queen', Betty Carroll from Barntown. The two were happily married for 48 years and proud parents of a daughter Fiona.

Retired for some 20 years, he was a 'creature of habit' who completed two Irish Times crosswords daily, and enjoyed frequent walks to Raven Point as well as golf and billards.

He particularly loved watching his beloved Cork in the GAA hurling and football games.

Daughter Fiona said her father was a quiet, humble and witty man who didn't say much but when he did speak it would resonate.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People

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