New Principal for St. Flannan’s Diocesan College

New Principal for St. Flannan’s Diocesan College


St Flannan’s Diocesan College in Ennis – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Bishop Fintan Monahan has appointed Fr. Ignatius McCormack as principal of St. Flannan’s Diocesan College in Ennis Co. Clare following approval by the College Trustees earlier.

The appointment takes effect on the 1st September 2017 when the current Principal, Ms. Carmel Honan, takes up a new appointment as Principal of Glenstal Abbey School in Murroe, Co. Limerick.

Announcing the appointment Bishop Monahan said: “I wish to express gratitude to the outgoing Principal Ms. Carmel Honan for her service to the school community over 27 years including the last 5 years as principal. I wish her every blessing in her future career. I am deeply grateful to Fr. Ignatius for agreeing to take on this challenging and important task in our Diocese.

As a diocese we are deeply committed to the principles of Catholic Education and I know that Fr. Ignatius will work tirelessly to build upon the great tradition of St. Flannan’s College creating a special atmosphere animated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity,” Bishop Monahan said.

Fr. Ignatius McCormack has been appointed President of St Flannan’s College in Ennis

Fr. Ignatius McCormack in response to his appointment said:“I am humbled by the confidence that Bishop Monahan has placed in me by this appointment. Having spent the last 16 years on the staff of St. Flannan’s College, I have a deep respect for the tremendous commitment that my colleagues show to the care and development of our young people. I look forward to working closely with them in building upon the long tradition of excellence in education that is at the heart of St. Flannan’s.”

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.