01 Jul 2022

Long serving St Mel's College Longford principal to step down as successor is announced

Long serving St Mel's College Longford principal to step down as successor is announced

Declan Rowley (left) and Malachy Flanagan (right)

The new principal of St Mel's College has been announced as long serving head teacher Declan Rowley prepares to step down after almost a decade at the helm.

Mayo native Malachy Flanagan's appointment was confirmed earlier today in a move which will see one Killoe GAA stalwart make way for another.

Mr Flanagan is a former St Mel's College teacher and the present sitting principal of Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar, a post he has held for the past six years.

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It's anticipated Mr Flanagan will formally take over from Mr Rowley when the 58-year-old formally calls time on his three decade long association with the Longford town secondary school at the end of August.

"It is a very positive appointment and one which will bring the school forward from the already very strong position it is in," said an upbeat Mr Rowley this evening.

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