30 Jun 2009

Caoimhín de Paor Retires

Muinteoir Caoimhín has decided to retire at the end of this month after years of loyal and distinguished service to the school since 1996. His wonderful Irish and great musical talents will be sorely missed in classes and staffroom by the pupils and his fellow teachers. Caoimhín has journeyed many miles from Carrick for work , for after-school meetings and for matches. His rest from the road is well earned. We wish him a long and happy retirement.

Caoimhin de Paor Retires

In recognition of his musical contribution to the school during his time there, Caoimhín was presented with a new guitar from the Parent’s Association. He is pictured above with the guitar (a Freshman FA250J) along with (from left to right) Nelly Cuddihy (Board of Management), Daithí de Paor (Principal) and Caitríona Ni Chuirín (Staff).

Caoimhín landed in Tramore in a White Nissan Bluebird on a cold January in 1996, coming from a rural school in County Meath. The poor accommodation in Stella Maris House was never a source of complaint for Caoimhín as long as a suitable table was provided for teachers’ lunches. Pupils enjoyed the frequent runabouts and spontaneous singing sessions that occurred in his class morning and afternoon. Caoimhín as a teacher loves to vary methods in teaching and learning and this trait he has brought from the classroom to the learning support room recently. Often pupils are brought out for impromptu exercise in the yard leaving pens and copies abandoned in a stuffy room and the emergency door swinging. This is epitomises Caoimhín. As teachers we cannot help but bring our philosophy of life and education to our work. Caoimhín doesn’t see the point in making learning drudgery we hope that Gaelscoil Philib Barún will always be a place full of songs and games.