Fine tribute to the late Mr O’Reilly

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THERE was a fine tribute to Peter O’Reilly in the INTO mag­a­zine re­cently, cour­tesy of his for­mer col­leagues in St Joseph’s CBS.

His first an­niver­sary is just around the cor­ner in June and I be­lieve a spe­cial me­mo­rial soc­cer tour­na­ment is be­ing planned to mark that.

Peter spent over 50 years in the Joe’s, as a stu­dent and then teacher and col­leagues re­called him cy­cling to school with his high vis jacket and how the boys would fol­low him around the school, ask­ing when the next soc­cer match was on or did he think the Drogs would have a win­ning sea­son.

‘Dur­ing his teach­ing ca­reer Peter also got great sat­is­fac­tion from en­gag­ing with chil­dren of the Trav­el­ling com­mu­nity and the pupils of St Itas in his ca­pac­ity as a shared re­source teacher over a num­ber of years’, they ex­plained.

The staff said they’d re­mem­ber him as a gen­tle­man and some­one who would al­ways help a col­league with­out ques­tion.

He was a mem­ber of the St Brigid’s Drama group and was known to ‘sup­ple­ment’ a script on oc­ca­sion, adding to the hi­lar­ity and fun for his fel­low ac­tors.

His lessons on art and lo­cal his­tory re­vealed his wealth of tal­ent and deep knowl­edge of his town.

Peter had been di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­rone shortly be­fore his death on June 6 last year.

Peter’s legacy will al­ways live on when­ever the Joe’s is men­tioned, that is cer­tain.

I should also say the mag­a­zine also car­ried a tribute to for­mer Lis­mullen teacher Pat Sheri­dan and the great role he played there.

EV­ERY time I’m up at the train sta­tion in Drogheda my eyes are drawn across the busy road be­low to a real gem of a house, Bayview. It was built be­tween 1850 and 1855, de­scribed as a Vic­to­rian Villa, but it has seen bet­ter times and a lot of the win­dows are bricked up. It has been the sub­ject of some controversy down the years and the last I heard was lined up to be­come home to 21 apart­ments. I re­call the Bord Pleanala in­spec­tor on visit­ing the site about two years ago said the house still con­tained the ceil­ing fea­tures as well as the stair­case, but ob­vi­ous dam­age and van­dal­ism had taken place. Hope­fully some day Bayview will spark into life again.

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