Br. David was a bril­liant teacher, coach and man

Bray People - - News -

PAST PUPILS and staff at Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege Bray have been re­call­ing mem­o­ries of the late Brother David Mor­ris­sey since news of his pass­ing at the age of 87 be­came known lo­cally.

Br. David who taught at Pres Bray for 22 years died in Birr, Co. Of­faly on Au­gust 18 and his month’s mind re­mem­brance takes place this week in Cork. Br. David had moved to Birr in 2003 af­ter the clo­sure of the Pre­sen­ta­tion Broth­ers house in Bray.

A for­mer col­league of Br. David this week re­called his kind­ness to­wards his stu­dents. ‘When I re­mem­ber Br. David I think of to­tal com­mit­ment, to­tal ded­i­ca­tion. Evening af­ter evening he was there on the front pitch coach­ing his ju­nior rugby play­ers. Some play­ers lived a long dis­tance away or lived in places with an in­fre­quent bus ser­vice. I re­mem­ber well that he used to drive those play­ers home es­pe­cially in wet, win­try weather. He was to­tally ded­i­cated to the play­ers and their wel­fare.

‘Br. David loved Pres Bray. He was to­tally in­volved in the life there: in his own com­mu­nity of Broth­ers; in his teach­ing and class work; in his rugby teams; in ath­let­ics and sports of all kinds; in de­bat­ing; in the main­te­nance of the grounds. He was a su­perb gar- dener. He grew fruit trees of all kinds, veg­eta­bles and flow­ers. He gave 100 per cent to ev­ery­thing he did. I am sure many peo­ple re­mem­ber his dif­fi­culty breath­ing some­times but it never slowed him down or in­ter­fered with the work in hand. His stu­dents al­ways re­garded him as an ex­cel­lent teacher. He was so proud of Pres when the Cer­tifi­cate Exam re­sults came out each year.’

Br. David was one of eleven chil­dren born to John and An­nie Mor­ris­sey, Bar­naderg in the Parish of Killererin, Co. Gal­way. He made his first Pro­fes­sion as a Pre­sen­ta­tion Brother in 1942 and his fi­nal Pro­fes­sion in 1945 hav­ing at­tended the Broth­ers Ju­nio­rate school and novi­tiate in Cork city. He grad­u­ated from Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork in 1945 and did his H DIp in UCD in 1955.

As a young Brother he had se­ri­ous health prob­lems re­quir­ing a pro­longed stay in hospi­tal and surgery in­volv­ing the re­moval of a lung. He taught in sev­eral schools in­clud­ing Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege Cork, Pre- sen­ta­tion Col­lege Glasthule and Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege Bray.

His prin­ci­pal teach­ing sub­ject was English and he also taught Ir­ish, Latin and Math­e­mat­ics. In ad­di­tion to be­ing a bril­liant teacher, he was a gift- ed coach in hurl­ing, rugby and ath­let­ics.

He re­tired from teach­ing at Pres Bray in 1987 but re­mained in­volved in the school and also gave prac­ti­cal sup­port and help to stu­dents with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. He joined the Birr com­mu­nity in 2003 when th e house in Bray wa s closed. In May of this year, on t h e ad­vice of his doc­tor, he went into a nurs­ing home. He took ill on Au­gust 14 and was moved to hospi­tal where he died a few days later. The fu­neral Mass for Br David took place in St Bren­dan’s Church in Birr and he was laid to rest at the Pre­sen­ta­tion Broth­ers ceme­tery at Mount Saint Joseph in Cork city.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

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