A MAN who started the drive to reinstate the last remaining tower of the old City Wall has retired as the caretaker of Ormonde College, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny. Canice Ryan has given a lifetime of service to education in Kilkenny and has always done his bit for students and teachers.
Named after the patron saint of his native city, it will be for his Trojan work in 1989, when the stairs of Talbot’s Tower fell, for which he will be best remembered.
He was aghast to walk into work that morning and find it had crumbled. He rang Sue Nunn of Radio Kilkenny and after she came down and did a story on it, Betty Manning, who was not even a councillor at the time, and others got involved and pushed the project through to fruition.
It was officially re-opened last month by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.
“I just did my bit and I was afraid that it would all just be left there to crumble before my eyes,” he said. After 42 years as caretaker he intends taking a well earned foreign holiday (his first) and also plans to play more golf and to return to his trade as a wood turner. An excellent craftsman, he is hoping to hold an exhibition of his work next year. He will continue with his favourite past-time, walking around the city and especially by the River Nore. His work colleagues held a retirement function in his honour last week.