Midleton CBS Secondary School Says Goodbye to Retiring Principal Pat Hurley

By Alan Sheehan

Harty Cup team captain Sean O’Meara (6th year) making the presentations to their outgoing Principal Pat Hurley. (Photo credit: Brendan Wall, PRO of the Midleton CBS Past-Pupils Union).

Midleton CBS Secondary School has said goodbye to Principal Pat Hurley after over seven years in charge, with the school’s new Principal Maurice Keohane assuming the mantle this past Monday, 16 January.

Mr Hurley called time on his career in education, which back in 1979, which included two durations at Midleton CBS, one of which say him appointed principal in 2009. The staff and students of Midleton CBS gathered to make a presentation to their outgoing principal on his final day, last Friday, 13 January.

“I’ve been Principal since September 2009,” said Mr Hurley, “and since then there’s been a large change in the population; the school went from 500 to 700 students. It’s a whole new school practically, with the redevelopment costing almost €12.5 million. And in that time there’s been a massive change in the educational landscape. I’ve been there seven-and-a-half years, and now it’s time for someone new to take over the reins and move on. It’s just another chapter in my life.”

Mr Hurley began his teaching career in Co. Sligo in 1979, almost two decades before his first stint in Midleton. “I starting teaching way back in 1979. That’s a long time ago, isn’t it? I left teaching for a number of years, and went back to teaching in ‘92 at St. Patrick's Girls National School, in Gardiner’s Hill in Cork, for a year. I was then at Terence MacSwiney Community College in Knocknaheeny for a year-and-a-half from January of ‘93 to May of ‘95.”

Midleton CBS was next for Mr Hurley, who taught physics, biology and computers there from 1995 until he took a year away from teaching 2008/2009 to assume the role of President of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) for its centenary year. The next year, Mr Hurley was appointed as principal of Midleton CBS, a role that has now been assume by Mr Maurice Keohane.

“I’ll miss the students and staff,” said Mr Hurley, “the wonderful students and staff. They made my life a pleasure over the years and they made my job much easier, and I wish them all the best. It’s sad to leave them, but life goes on.”