One of the largest rural primary schools in Tyrone has appointed a new head-teacher to replace their popular principal Damian Kelly, who is retiring after more than thirty-five years of service.
Ballygawley man, Seamus McCreesh, the current principal of St Patrick’s Primary School, Eglish, will take up the new position at St Mary’s Cabragh in September.
“The school and the parish are delighted to be able to appoint Seamus as the new principal, a role which is vital for the continued success of the school and the future of the entire community here in Kileeshil”, said Father Pat Hannigan of the school’s Board of Governors.
Mr McCreesh, a keen cyclist, was one of the founding members of Clogher Valley Wheelers, and last year made the headlines when he organised a charity cycle from Malin Head to Mizen Head to raise much-needed funds for the Eglish primary school.
With fellow teacher James Grimley, he raised £13,000 with the help of sponsors, which went towards constructing a new playground.
The dynamic duo cycled for three days covering 400 miles from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal.
“The role has been filled so wonderfully by retiring principal Damian Kelly, and it will be a huge challenge to match Damian’s passion and commitment to the school”, said Father Hannigan.
“However, teaching is clearly a vocation for Seamus, and we were impressed by his child-centred approach and his commitment to teaching and outreach work within the wider community.
“We would like to believe that he will have the interests of the community and the parish at heart. Many of the staff already know Seamus, and they are also clearly delighted by his appointment.”