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Another Anniversary

Hard to believe it’s ten years.

Jim never got to meet this little lady, Aoife McKenna, his youngest grandchild.

She will join us today for his anniversary.

“Never a new year dawns,

Never an old year ends,

But somebody thinks of someone,

Old days, old times, old friends.”

Jim is remembered by all of us today and everyday, with great love and admiration.



Early Summer 2023




  1. Mary Hanlon

    Rest in Peace Jim
    Thank you for all you do Mary

  2. Julie Gleeson

    Can’t believe it’s 10 years Mary. Mr Cogan was a lovely man to deal with. My son Alan always spoke highly of him of his time @ St Michael’s. Thinking of you all today. ❤️

  3. Marsi Mangan

    My condolences, Mary. Sixty-five is much too young.

  4. Éamon Ó Murchú

    Dear Mary, we send you and family our warmest love today as you all remember and celebrate Jim’ s journey with you. May he continue to inspire and guide you all.

  5. Miriam O'Grady

    RIP Jim. Hard to believe its ten yrs.

  6. Christian O'Reilly

    Deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time, Mary. Jim – or Mr Cogan as I would have called him back in the day – was a wonderful physics/chemistry teacher and also a very likeable human being. He was also a kick-ass disabled person – active, confident, determined, good-humoured – and he didn’t let his disability get in the way of his passion to teach. Your blog is fantastic and a great contribution to Listowel culture and history and I’m certain Jim would be very proud of you. Thinking of you today. Christian X

    • listowelconnection

      Your comment, Christian, means a lot to me. It would have meant a lot to Jim too. The respect was mutual. M.

  7. Bridget O’Connor

    Mary & family,
    Thinking of you all today on this special anniversary. It was an honour to have known Jim & hard to believe he’s gone 10 years. Thank God for all the memories. Rest in peace Jim.

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