Mgr Jim Cassin (College President 1995-2004) RIP

The news of the death of Mgr Jim Cassin was greeted with great sadness by his family, many friends and colleagues in the Diocese of Ossory and here in St Kieran’s College.  Since his Ordination in 1972 Mgr Jim has been a faithful servant of the people of our Diocese and, thanks to his national roles, the Church in Ireland and given his many years of service here in St Kieran’s College by the College community past and present.

Having received his secondary school education here at St Kieran’s College and also undertaken his seminary formation here, Jim undertook his postgraduate studies in Rome. Mgr Jim then first served in the parish of Hartlepool, in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in England before returning in 1975 to the teaching staff at St Kieran’s College.  In 1987 Jim was appointed Dean of the Seminary before being appointed as President of St Kieran’s College in 1994. While serving as the College President Mgr Jim also worked to establish, and direct, the CREIDIM Adult Religious Education centre for the Diocese of Ossory. His love of St Kieran’s and his ceaseless dedication to the College was clearly evident throughout all the years and Jim remained as a Trustee of the College for many years after he moved to Maynooth.

Jim served as President of the Association of Managers of Catholic Secondary Schools and the Joint Managerial Body representing all voluntary secondary schools in Ireland from 2000 to 2003.. From 2004 until his retirement, on grounds of ill health, Mgr Jim was the Executive Secretary of the Educational Secretariat of the Irish Episcopal Conference.  Mgr Jim was widely regarded as having excellent insight into the Irish Education system and was for many years one of the leading voices in Ireland in Education.  Mgr Jim had a wide circle of friends from his various appointments – friendships that lasted a lifetime.  Mgr Jim will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Speaking at Jim’s Funeral Mass in his native Thomastown Bishop Dermot Farrell recognised that Jim “combined a good intellect with great humility and benevolence, a way with people and good sense of humour.  He created unity; he was a builder of community around himself, a reconciler. Jim, never wanted to offend; indeed, he never wanted to make a decision that would offend anyone. His presence in the Diocese went beyond any particular task” such was his immense contribution and easy way with people.  Jim, then, was a Kieran’s man, servant of others, in so many ways – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Key Dates

Key Dates

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

Friday 23rd
Sports Day for all students
Monday 26th
Open Night for Incoming First Years 2023 beginning at 6:30pm
Monday 17th - Friday 28th
TY Work Experience
Thursday 27th
6th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 28th
Midterm Break Begins at 1pm
Monday 7th
School reopens after Mid-Term Break at 8:50am
Thursday 10th
6th Year Careers Information Evening for Parents at 7pm
Thursday 17th
5th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 25th
Staff Training Day - No school for students
Monday 28th
JCT Cluster Day - No school for students
Thursday 1st
3rd Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 12th
Christmas Exams Begin (Provisional)
Wednesday 21st @1pm
Christmas Holidays Begin
Thursday 5th
School reopens after Christmas at 8:50am
Thursday 12th
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 19th
1st Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 26th
2nd Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 6th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Friday 10th @1pm
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 20th
Class resumes after Mid-Term Break (8:50am)
Thursday 23rd (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for TY Parents
Saturday 11th
Entrance Assessment Test
Thursday 9th
Transition Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 17th
St Patrick's Day (School Closed)
Monday 20th
JCT State Training Day (No School for Students)
Friday 31st @ 1pm
Easter Holidays Begin
Monday 17th @8:50am
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 27th @7pm
Third Year Parents Information Evening for TY
Monday 1st
Bank Holiday (School Closed)
Tuesday 2nd
Free Day (School Closed)
Monday 23rd
End of Year Awards Night
Monday 29th
Summer Exams Begin (Provisional)
Friday 2nd @1pm
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 7th
State Examinations Begin

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