Much sadness was occasioned by the recent death of Liam Boland, Bonniconlon.
Son of Patrick (Pappy) and Ann Boland (nee Maloney, Rathlee) Liam was born and reared in Rathglass, Co. Sligo where the family was prominent in the farming industry.
Following his secondary education, Liam went on to qualify as a teacher, later holding posts in Clooneenmore and Carra primary schools before taking up a position at St. Joseph’s school in Bonniconlon where he remained as a popular and highly respected principal until his retirement.
In tributes which poured in following his passing, former pupils recalled his warmth for first day pupils to the school, his great kindness and his regard for the educational advancement of all.
“He made me so welcome…,” said one. “Great memories from our school days.” recalled another. “He was a gentleman, a great teacher,” and “I remember him as a great teacher and educator”were among many heartfelt messages posted by past pupils.
A staunch community activist during his student and early teaching years, Liam’s committment to his native parish of Castleconnor where he lived at the time was exceptional. He was also a leading figure on the Castleconnor GAA scene, and a key member of the senior team. With Tom McMenamin, he played a major role in reviving the fortunes of the Castleconnor club after it lost its momentum following the departure of prominent supporter Michael Mulderrig, a Mayo county footballer of the 1920s/’30s and father of famous footballers Sean and Mick who went on to win senior All-Irelands with Mayo in 1950 and 1951. The Ballina native, who had in the 1940s moved with his family to live in Attychree after taking up a teaching post at Stokane National School, returned to Mayo in the 1950s as principal of Ballina’s Quay school.
Liam married his beloved wife Ita, a primary school teacher. They lived in Bonniconlon where they raised a fine family of ten.
In addition to his wife, Liam is survived by daughters Eilis, Áine, Ciara, Aoife and Cliona, sons Éanna, Ruariri, Brian, Conall and Cian, grandchildren, sisters Nancy, Úna, Dymphna, Gertie and other relatives and friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.