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Daniel (Dan) Fenlon
Graiguecullen Principal Teacher

Nationalist and Leinster Times. Oct. 1929.

Master Dan Fenlon, Graiguecullen 1929.

Graiguecullen 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 efficient service.

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.]

James Fenlon

Source: Michael Purcell

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