Dan Condren who was principal of St Sheelan’s College for nearly 30 years retired last December. Dan and his family were guests of past and present staff of the college at a retirement function held recently in Templemore.
Dan was appointed principal of Templemore Vocational School in 1982. Dan had been a physics and maths teacher in Old Bawn in Tallaght prior to this appointment. When he came to the school there were approximately 140 students enrolled and by the end of the decade the numbers attending had risen to about 180 students.
This growth occurred because Dan embraced changes that were happening nationally in education and he was very proactive in giving the school a good profile in the local town and also in surrounding parishes. He promoted an open door policy and was always very approachable and accessible to parents and students. Dan was interested in giving students more than academic qualifications.
Most past pupils will recall the School Drama Festival Days in Holycross, the Irish Drama Competitions around the country and the cultural day activities such as art, chess, draughts and so on. He also encouraged participation in sports both individual and team.
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