At this stage it’s probably safe enough to refer to Flan Quigney, Monadreen, Thurles as a Thurles man, given his lifetime spent in Scoil Ailbhe CBS Primary School as teacher and Principal.
The Clare native, who became the first ever lay Principal of Scoil Ailbhe, retired two years ago, but has not let the grass grow under his feet. No, Flan has kept himself very busy indeed and apart from continuing to follow the fortunes of his beloved native county on the hurling fields of Ireland, he has taken pen in hand and written three books, the latest of which will be launched in Ennis on Septmber 1st by Clare hurling legend Jamesie O’Connor.
Flan has written two books with education at their core. Having spent so long in the education system in Ireland, it was only natural that he would tell of his experiences. The first ‘What was the Question Sir’ delivered a typically quick-witted review of his days in Scoil Ailbhe and indeed, recalled experiences of his own schooling. The second ‘Schooldays, Cool Days or Cruel Days” featured a broader, more indepth look at the education system in Ireland, on the islands, and across different parts of the country. This was a wonderful read for anyone who has been involved in the education system and was widely acclaimed.
As Gay Byrne used to say on the Late Late Show - now for something completely different. Flan’s third foray into the literary world is a new departure for him. But, having written about his passion for education, it was only natural that he would turn towards his other passion - Clare hurling. ‘To the Banner Born” - a sharp-eyed look at the culture behind Clare’s hurling supporters is set to be a real winner at the western side of the Shannon, but also with GAA followers from all over. Flan, having undertaken extensive research and interview for this book, captures the supporting experiences of over 60 die-hard ‘lucht leanuna’ (supporters) as he describes them - the type that would travel anywhere to see 15 Clare jerseys hanging on a clothes line!! Even this description gives an indication of what will be revealed on the launch night in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis on Saturday, September 1st at 8:00pm.
All profit will go to Pieta House- The Centre for Prevention of Self- Harm or Suicide - and the book will be available locally for Clare exiles, of for Tipp folk hoping to garner a unique insight into the psyche of our Banner brethren.