Mr.P.D.Brickley was born in June 1914 when the first world war began. He came from a small farm of good land in Ring Co. Cork. There were five sons in the family. His parents were very interested in education so they all went to college.That was unusal for that time. He became a teacher and worked in Portlaoise for a few weeks. Then he came to Clonaslee when the school opened in 1937 to work. They were three teachers and two rooms in the begining. Times were hard. David, his son said that his dad was lucky to land in Clonaslee and to have a good job. So he always wanted to give something back to the communtity. He loved Irish culture, Irish language, Irish music and dancing and Gaelic games.

He started Irish classes and Irish dancing classes at night in the vocational school. They were very popular because people got a chance to have a great time.

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