What can I say to you about my lovely father, Jim Cogan?
He grew up in Cork, the son of an English mother and Cork father, the second youngest of 4. Jim’s mother was a convert to Catholicism and had all the zeal of a convert. The family was a religious one. After school, Jim entered the SMA order. They had a church near his home in Cork. For a while, Jim was happy in the order and he made many lifelong friends during his time in Galway, Dromantine and UCC. But religious life was not for him and he had the courage to leave 6 months before ordination. Jim had many fond memories of his time with the SMA. It was always part of who he was.
Jim got his first temporary teaching job in Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk where he met Mary, the love of his life. That was his first step towards the Kerry border. In the Summer of ’73, he saw an ad. in the paper for a Science Teacher’s job in St. Michael’s, Listowel – a place he couldn’t even find on the map. He made his first trip here for his interview with Father Diarmuid O’Suilleab