Nationalist and Leinster
Times. Oct. 1929.
Master Dan Fenlon,
Principal Teacher retires.
Mr Daniel Fenlon, Principal teacher of Graiguecullen Boys' National
School who is also member of Carlow Urban District Council and Carlow
County Council, has retired on pension after 48 years of highly
He was appointed a Monitor in the year 1874 and received his early
training as a teacher from his father, who was then the widely esteemed
Principal in Graiguecullen Boys' National. His father was appointed
teacher during the famine period in 1845 and retired in 1885.
His son, Daniel, had the unique distinction of spending his whole
professional career in Graiguecullen. Serving first as Monitor from 1874
to 1881 when he was appointed assistant Principal, he was appointed
Principal in 1885.
Daniel Fenlon took a keen interest in the welfare of the pupils
entrusted to his care and a great many of them owe their success in life
to the sound education they received from him.
He took an active part in the agitation for the redress of the many
grievances under which Primary teachers laboured. Mr Fenlon has been for
many years a prominent figure in the social life of Carlow and for the
past five or six years has been a useful and attentive member of many
local public Boards.
We wish him many years of health to enjoy his well earned pension.
[Note added 2011. Dan Fenlon was succeeded as
Principal by Mr Sean O' Leary who went on to teach generations of boys
at Graiguecullen School and of whom I never heard said a bad word.]
Source: Michael Purcell
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