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February 14, 2020
Michael Holland. "Mickey" Holland to the kids who knew him at the Jes. I say this respectfully, as this is how we have always known and referred to him. He referred to me "Davey" on occasions .... while discussing things like the Trial Balance, Debit/Credit or perhaps when to Debit the cash book or Credit the Ledger.

Universally well liked, highly respected, greatly admired and appreciated! We all loved him. I certainly did. We loved him not as a Father, not as an Uncle, not as a cousin, friend or colleague. We loved him as our teacher, our thoughtful, conscientious and caring teacher. He genuinely cared for each of us in his class. That was my observation and my experience. He was our interested teacher. He was one who made the effort, one who took the time to pull us aside and to ask the question: Young man, do you understand, can I help you understand? If you need help, Im here. Before class, during class, after class, evenings or weekends. Mickey Holland cared! He cared because he wanted to care. He took pride in his profession. Of all the teachers I have ever had ..... Mickey Holland is by far and away .... the greatest!

If/when the class got a little out of hand, which wasnt all that often, you could see him scan the room intently ..... and then, that ear piercing yell of his "Young Men"! was unleashed. Like a Marine Corps drill sergeant. Attention was received and rendered with absolute and immediate effect. Fun was over, back to business. All in the space of 2 seconds. It was so very impressive at the time ..... it still is actually!

If/when my grades were struggling, which they were from time to time, he know I was frustrated. I felt as though I had not only let myself down, but that I had also let him down. He cared about how well I did in class. He cared about how we ALL did in class. I put a great deal of time and effort into his class. He could see it, he acknowledged and respected the effort.

Mickey earned our respect and our admiration not through the fist, intimidation or force ... as others tried and ultimately failed. He did so through the sincerity of his nature and good will. He was a teacher. He was a teacher of Young Men. He was and always will be, a teacher of Young Men!

When our Jes crew get together, when we reminisce on our days at the Jes, Mickey Holland pretty much always finds his way into our conversation. This is not by accident. This is not by coincidence. This is not by chance. 37 years on from my days at the Jes and Im sure 40-50 years on for many of his other school students .... Mickey had an impact. He made a tremendously positive impact on the lives of his students ..... and still does.
Mickey Holland is a Living Legend!

Thank you Micky! Greatly appreciated.
Auggie! Auggie! Auggie!
Jes! Jes! Jes!

David Nolan, Class of 1983
Coláiste Iognáid / Saint Ignatius College
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