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"Ní beag san".

Today we buried a good friend and confrére of mine. May his good and kindly soul rest in peace. Séamus Nolan cfc. (84) was well known in the world of education in Dublin and Ireland because of his long and immense contribution to teacher education when he was head of our Teacher Training College at Marino. Many, either as students or members of staff, will remember him with fondness.

It was his custom to end his lectures with the little Irish phrase: "Ní beag san"  (That's no small achievement!). He could well have repeated it as an assessment of his own work and life, as he died.

He was interested in people, generous towards all, never judgemental or critical, always humorous, and an excellent teacher. Above all, he was a man who throughout his life gave testimony to a deep and modest Christian faith.


Stephen Covey, in his The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, noted that the four great life-tasks are: to live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy. All four were fulfilled and visible in Seamus’ life. As he would say: "Ní beag san." In him we have lost a leader, great educator and a friend to many. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

Comments

I am sorry for your loss. May the earth be easy on him and may he rest in peace!
Thank you.
What a lovely testimony to a wonderful-sounding man.
He was all that indeed.
I'm so sorry for your loss. x
Thank you.
It sounds like a good man has left this earth. May he rest in peace!
What a wonderful tribute and what an amazing man!

He is an Inspiration!
Thank you all for your generous comments. Séamus would appreciate them.
The dead we have loved never leave us.

He sounds like a wonderful chap! :o)
I am sorry for your loss.