On Friday 19th June '09, the Board of Management of the school
invited past and present staff to celebrate
Mr Michael Lavin's 43 years of service in St Cronan's.
Friday 19th June saw a large gathering of staff, past and present from St Cronan’s School, for the Board of Management’s presentation to popular St Cronan's teacher Mr Michael Lavin. Mr Lavin retires from the teaching staff at the end of this school year after almost 44 years of service.
When he arrived to St Cronan’s on the 1st July 1965, there were just over 100 children, and only 3 other teachers in the school including the then Principal Mr Jim French. During his time in the school, he has seen many changes; including moving into a brand new school building in the year 2000. In the previous school building occupied now by Gaelscoil Uí Chéadaigh, Michael Lavin taught classes of up to 55 boys. The amount of pupils in the St Cronan’s has grown to 500 and Mr Lavin retires as Deputy Principal of a staff of 26 teachers.
Present and past principals, Mr Vaughan Dodd and Mr Seán Cotter, along with present staff members Mr Karl Ó Broin and Mr Mícheál Ó Murchú, all spoke on the night of Michael’s dedication to the pupils and the school. "Ní bheidh a leithead ann arís" ("His like will never be seen again") said Mr Karl Ó Broin.
A presentation was also made by the Parents’ Association of St Cronan’s in appreciation of Michael’s work with generations of pupils. One past pupil described him as being “a legend”, and said that he is very fondly remembered by those he has taught. He talked of Michael’s love for the Irish language, culture and music.