It was the end of an era at Clontuskert National School last week as its long-serving principal, Phelim Henry retired.
The occasion marked the end of a lifelong association with the school, which Mr Henry first attended as a pupil before progressing to St Mel’s College and St Patrick’s in Dublin.
Mr Henry’s first teaching position was at Colehill National School, a post he held for five years until his father, who had been principal of the school at Clontuskert since 1959, retired.
“We moved from Mayo when my father took up the job and he was principal of the school until 1979,” Mr Henry told the Leader. “I applied for the principal’s job, but I wasn’t expecting to get it as I was still quite young at the time.”
And what is he going to do now he has more time on his hands? “I’m going to do some travelling and take a break to see how I feel. I don’t feel like retiring completely, so I will dabble in other things.”