South Mayo is in mourning after two former well-known teachers passed away on Thursday last.
Martin Hession, Kilbeg, Claremorris, and Paschal Mullin, Glencorrib, Shrule, both taught at St Colman’s College, Claremorris for decades.
St Colman’s College was established in 1945 and one year later, Martin Hession entered the school as a first-year student. Mr Hession later returned in the 1950s, teaching geography and history. He was appointed as deputy principal in 1971 and became the principal in 1989, where he served until his retirement in 1994. However, that wasn’t the end of Martin’s love affair with St Colman’s as he taught special needs classes voluntarily until 2000.
He died peacefully on Thursday at The Mayo Hospice in his 91st year.
Current principal of St Colman’s Roy Hession began teaching in the school in the mid-1990s and he said Martin was a “consummate gentleman.”
“I was speaking to Martin’s wife Ena today and she was telling me that Martin never raised his voice or swore in his life. He was a consummate gentleman, just such a nice man,” Roy told the Western People.
“These days some people wouldn’t have two minutes to spare for you, but Martin always had time for you.”
Martin will be sadly missed by his loving wife Ena (née O’Dwyer), his daughters Mary O’Donovan, (Ballymoe) Anne (Dublin), Catriona McNally, (Islandeady) Helena (Malaysia), grandchildren Grace, Sarah Kate, Isabelle, Jim, Arwen, Seán, Cian, Niamh and Dylan, sons-in-law James, Cathal (O’Connell) Ger and Columba, sister and brothers, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
Funeral Mass for Martin was held at St Colman’s Church, Claremorris on Sunday last and he was laid to rest in St Colman’s Cemetery.
The late Paschal Mullin taught in the school for over three decades and looked after his family-run pub in Shrule which was well-known across South Mayo. Paschal’s wife Mary passed away last month.
Paschal began teaching accountancy and economics in St Colman’s in 1971 until his retirement in 2005.
Paschal ran the local shop in the school and set up a credit union for the students in conjunction with Claremorris Credit Union.
Principal Roy Hession said Paschal was a gentleman and while he was a quiet man, he was very witty.
“When you had Paschal involved with anything, you knew it would be done right. He was solid as a rock,” Roy said.
Paschal passed away peacefully at his home following an illness on Thursday.
Predeceased most recently by his beloved wife Mary. Deeply mourned and sadly missed by his children Annette, Noel, Bernadette, John and their partners Pat, Rosemarie and Valerie, brother Frank, sisters-in-law Kathleen, Mary, Susan, Carmel, Ina and brothers-in-law John, Gerry and Johnny, grandchildren Chloe, Katie, Jared, Conor, Ali, Matthew, David and Leah, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends. Paschal is predeceased by his parents Michael and May, his brothers Joe and Fr Noel, grandson Andrew and son-in-law Sean.
Requiem Mass for Paschal took place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Glencorrib, burial afterwards. He was laid to rest afterwards in Shrule Cemetery.
May their gentle souls rest in peace.