For the non-exam classes there is a sense of excitment around St Mel’s College with the thoughts of three months off but this s tinged with sadness as last Friday saw the retirement of Mr JJ Flynn.
Mr Flynn started in St Mel’s in 1982 having previously taught in Dublin and Galway. He is a very proud Leitrim man and so at that time was delighted to move nearer his native county.
He worked under many Principals teaching Technical Graphics (formally known as Technical Drawing) andduring his teaching career saw many changes and developments within his subject.
Alongside the T square and drawing board, JJ’s classroom is now filled with Computers loaded with the latest CAD technology!
Over the years he has given his students a great love of his subject and many of them saw great success under his tutelage.
His teaching brought accolades to his own door as well, as he was awarded two gold medals by the Department of Education for achieving the highest result in the country.
He was, is and we know, will always be a keen supporter of sport in St Mel’s. While recently he has been a loud voice cheering on the blue and white from the sidelines, in the past he trained the Senior B team.
His devotion to the team extends also to the blue and white of Slashers where his son Sean proudly wears the jersey.
For all students who enjoyed school tours they have Mr Flynn to thank!
For many years he was the capable assistant to Mr Tony Waldron but on Tony’s retirement Mr Flynn took up the mantle. A few weeks ago he led the Premiership tour to England and his name will surely be on the invite list for this tour next May.
Outside of the classroom Mr Flynn was year head and friend to many students.
We will miss Mr Flynn but hope that he knows that the welcome mat will always be out for him in St Mel’s College.
We wish him every health and happiness in his retirement - his early retirement!! “Go maire tύú do shaol nua”- “May you enjoy your new life.”