Declan Rowley has been named as the new principal of St Mel’s College in Longford town.
Mr Rowley inherits the position from Damian Cunningham, who recently retired after five years in charge at the renowned secondary school.
“I’d like to wish Damian a happy retirement with his wife Rowena and family,” said Mr Rowley, who has a long association with St Mel’s. “It’s a great honour to take on the role. I was educated in St Mel’s and I’ve been teaching geography and physical education at the school for the past 22 years.”
Although he does not officially take up his new post until next week, Mr Rowley could not wait to jump in, as he explained: “I started today (Monday) as I wanted to be properly prepared and the first task will be to sort out the timetabling for the coming year. St Mel’s has traditionally been a strong school and this year it will have around 450 students. The school’s curriculum has expanded over the past number of years and one of my priorities will be to ensure it all stays in place.”
Mr Rowley, who is from Esker, Killoe, is the son of the late James and Annie Rowley. He has a long association with GAA in the area, and has coached several St Mel’s sides as well as the Leitrim senior football team. At present, he manages Mullingar St Loman’s in the Westmeath Senior Championship.