Former Louth VEC chief executive Dr Peter Connolly passes away

Former Louth VEC chief executive Dr Peter Connolly passes away

The death has occurred of former Louth VEC chief executive Dr Peter Connolly.

The late Dr Peter Connolly

The Dundalk-born former Coláiste Rís student passed away on Monday peacefully in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

A former lecturer and senior inspector at the Department of Education, Dr Connolly took up the position of CEO of Louth VEC in November 1977, succeeding the late Micheal Connelly, and held it for almost 30 years until February 2007 when he retired. He was succeeded at the time by Eamon Cooney.

Only the fifth to hold the position at the time, Dr Connolly was  accredited with the development of the present day Dundalk Institute of Technology, which was under the control of Louth VEC up until 1993. Then known as the Regional Technical College, Dr Connolly remained on the governing body of the institute as it developed as DkIT.

He was also prominent in the development of the gym, community centre and running track at the Bush Post Primary, as well as the development of Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer, O Fiaich College in Dundalk and St St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda.

Dr Peter, from Seaford Gardens in Blackrock, is survived by his wife Peggy (née Bourton), children Garfield, Joanne, John, Roseanne and David, brother Harry, sister Bernadine, sons-in-law Rob and Shane, daughter-in-law Ellie, David’s partner Emer, grandchildren Poppy, James, Feilim, Rory, Sophie, Seth and Reuben, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Dr Noel Connolly.

He will be reposing at his home from 11am on Wednesday with removal at 6.30pm to St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, arriving for evening prayers at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday at 11am, followed by private crematorium.

Sympathy is extended to Dr Connolly’s family and friends on his passing. May he Rest In Peace.

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