End of an era …
After serving as Principal in TCS for 18 years, Patrick J Coffey retired from his post on 29th February 2012. The event was marked with a prayer service in St Aengus Church attended by the school students and staff, along with Pat’s family and friends.
Pat took up the job of principal in 1994, and it was quite literally a baptism of fire, as he arrived to a school building that had just gone up in flames. A lesser man might have balked at the task facing him, but Pat was to set the tone for his reign as he galvanised the staff and set about rebuilding a new wing for the school. As time went on, he oversaw the refurbishment of many sections – science labs, computer labs, HE room, technology workshops, and more – always with a view of providing the best and most up-to-date educational facilities for the students. This was accompanied by a deep commitment to the cultural and social activities that are part and parcel of school life in TCS. Innovation and progress were the hallmarks of his work.
During the prayer service, many tributes were paid to Pat Coffey – by Fr Ben Moran, St Aengus parish, Mick Duff, Chairman of the Board, Austin Naughton, new school Principal, and most especially by the students of TCS represented by Adam Carr, 1st year, and Shane Keating, 6th Year.
As he indicated in his farewell speech, he is opening a new chapter in his life – we know it will not be dull. From all in TCS – thank you.
‘Come to the edge, he said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
He pushed them…and they flew.’
- Guillaume Apollinaire