A wonderfully inspiring gentleman and scholar. Massively enthusiastic with a great sense of humour.
The truth is,Dennis is an absolute hero and truely a lad. Seriously his teaching techniques are effective,He created an eccentric,warm and positive vibe in the classroom,Great sense of humour and he instills knowledge into his students without them knowing.
One word -eccentric. A very good teacher, and passionate about poetry, but sometimes isn't very clear. He rambles a bit, and chooses poets he likes, rather than easy ones for the purpose of leaving cert. the ones he likes (eg John montague), he will spend WEEKS on, and might spend 2 classes on another equally important poet hes not as big a fan of. He certainly favours good looking girls over everyone else and often makes inappropriate and unnecessary comments (often = always). Worth a mention!
he has such a passion for poetry, creates a good vibe.. physically! although it leads to distractions as the majority of the class is spent laughing not much learning as he's so passionate that things get carried away . but thats just me
Didn't attend Institute but have prior knowledge of this person. An excellent teacher with a brilliant mind, but a sham in all other respects.
What an amazing teacher. He loved what he was doing so we all loved being in his class - willing to give you extra classes no problem and will not take money. Gentleman!
best teacher i've ever had, i remember absolutely everything he taught us and i never really had to do much study for english because he made it so so easy
dennis was one of my favourite teachers, he actually had people in the class cry with laughter. really sorry to hear he's retired after 2010. he really raised the standard for good teachers.
He showed me how to really appreciate poetry. Thank you.
gentleman.... knows his stuff.... notes are brill... classes are interesting... not a normal teacher
What a gentleman.Dennis is one of a kind,the only person I know that loves his job.He has such passion and everything he does is in the best interest of his students.His notes are top class!
the most amazing teacher iv ever had..had him for 5th and 6th year 05/06.. made everything so easy..
"Which pegs? the pegs on which u hang your answer".... - drilled into my head. Great teacher.
I love dennis! got an a2 in english because of his passion for the written word which is infectious! He really cares and was there for us when the english paper 2 crisis occurred! a credit to the tute
Amazing.A Creaven class is something everyone shud experience before they die!
he is such an amazing teacher so passionate ,all around lovely guy.
one of the most passionate teahers I had during my school days. breathed life into poetry. excellent.
He is an absolute gentleman and a wonderful teacher. He is so dedicated to his work and students. I'll miss him and his class.
This man is THE BEST TEACHER EVER! He has such a passion for his work and for his students.If only every teacher could be like him.What a wonderful man.
he is THE LEGEND!!! brilliant teacher! loves poetry!alwayssssssssssssssss chats to u wherever!!!
He certainly "whetted my appetite" poetry !! brilliant!!
By far one of the best teachers i have ever had, so fantastically unpredictable makes each class a unique experience to look forward to! Last weeks class prop.... a hammer? Amazing teacher!
What a legend! Most creative teacher ever, but his methods completely work.
The man would have me in fit of laughter his classes were so random and funny didn't like me much but still I got a b2 so I happy considering I failed all the class tests
What a physco of a teacher but its true he is amazing! Makes his classes so interesting and makes poetry seem so easy....tends to pick on people he doesnt like tho but you can always win him around
What age is Denis? Had him in Oatlands in 1998 and he was ancient. What must he be now!!!??! Good to see he's still at it. Top marks. 'Don't speak in my presence!'. Whatever Denis.
he is the most amazing and creative teacher i ever had in school! there should be more like him out there!
an excellent teacher...the only enghish teacher thats ever made me love the subject.
an amazing teacher and unbelivably dedicated. he genuinely cares
love hm sooooooooooooooooooooooooo much hes the best teacher ever
This man inspired me in 1992 to go back again in 1994 and "we'll get the A1 this time". We did :). Fantastic teacher. Fondly remembered. Alliteration & All :D.
brilliant poetry teacher but scares me so much! you can hardly breathe for fear of being thrown outta the class. On the other hand he is very eccentric and his wacky acting is priceless!
Dennis was my English grind teacher in 1991/92.He instilled in me a love for poetry that I will always have.He has a passion for his subject that I have never seen in any other teacher. Thanks Dennis.
What a legend - he really gets the class motivated. Wonderful teach who really loves his subject. Thanks for all your help Dennis, great to see you still sharing your love of English.
good teaching tecnique a bit on the wild side but still really nice guy nevertheless
An absolutly brill teacher. Have gone 4m getting c grades to A grades cos of him. Great work Dennis!!!
told us to learn off the essays, it worked, had u in stitches every class, tanks a million denis
Brill teacher and gave me notes on the rest of Eng course would not have got A1 without him!!
i love him,hes so cute nd funy,bu all da new 6th yrs act lik hes 4m anothgr world,go bk 2 ur old skul.......hes an amazing teacher
Not only did he teach me more about poetry then any other teacher I have ever had, he also gave me essays on other parts of the course that I used WORD FOR WORD in the leaving and I got and A1. Legend
Absolutely class teacher, know everything about his subject and more.Commits himself 100% to each student, and truely believes you can get an A1 if you want!!! Brilliant!!!
OMG! Denis is a legend. His classes are so much fun!! Seriously- Nyom-nyoms, a dog called epiphany, acting classes. U cudn't ask 4 any more. Luv u Denis and ''You'll b immortalised 4ever in poetry''!!
The best teacher i ever had was good aul denis!!!!! he has a very different way of teaching students..........it really works!!!!! the tapes help (",)
Nom-noms, go like Billy-O?! All d craic in class nd i still got an A! Il nvr 4get d actin either! Who else wud use a plug as a snake in d garden of eden! Luv Denis, wish i had him 4 English in College!!!
Michael Longley deals with War, Violence and the Victims of War. How many times did I hear that sentence? Legend though. Absolute god. I got an A1 coz of him.
Denis will do anything he can to help you. He is an amazing teacher
the best english teacher i have ever had. He clearly loves what he does and he is fantastic with his pupils. I can honestly say i loved attending his classes.
Fantastic teacher, very inspiring, passionate about English, luved Dennis so cool! loved the acting in the class!10/10
blithely breakfeasting! a good man, even though he always includes me in those "plays" he does.how can you say no?
The man is a genius though even he can't make WB Yeats good. But Nom-Noms? CLASSIC. No one bests the Cravemeister
Possibly the best english teacher in the world, the man is nuts but thats whats so great about him.
Went from C2 to A1. Excellent teacher & allowed me to be myself with essay-writing, something my former eng teacher told me to "tone down". Am now published author!! thanks Dennis
A very interesting, funny, genuinely intelligent man. However he focussed solely on certain students in class.
he's such a cool guy! His antics got a bit repetitive but none the less, a great teacher and a cool guy!
he is a brilliant teacher makes everything so clear.brilliant mind,such an imagination!!!!!!!!!
To call this man an inspiration is to understate what a wonderful human being he is. Dennis - you're the best!!!! I hope you're still teaching!
Dinny Creaven!!! Are you still going?!!! You taught me eleven years ago, and I can honestly say that I will never forget Austin Clarke! I'm an englsih teacher because of you! DC
Who else would bring an easel to class and ram it against the classroom door to symbolise the city of beauty being laid seige to by the battering-ram of time. Genius. Got an A2 H.
Brilliant teacher - really engaging. He loved my essays - really encouraged me and now I'm a journalist and published writer.
Great teacher keeps you interested but towards the end of the years tends to give you a headache!!!
Wow! He explained poetry by acting it all out! I will never forget him. Great man.
wow hes amazing, my cat will live forever in poetry, very funny guy
best teacher i've ever had he should get an award. he's a genius
Class of 2000, an incredible teacher, brought me from a C to an A!!! something that my old teacher said could never happen!
Best English Teacher in The Institute by a long shot.Thanks for everything.Luckily I picked you as my teacher.
VERY colourful. His classes were hilarious. I still remember quotes from poems he acted out for us!
i was class of 97 and he used to bring us in early to give us extra classes. brill teaching style cos it stays with you
Very good at coming up with novel ways to make you remember poetry (e.g. standing on desk roaring i'm above everyone else or setting fire to notes) Fine Teacher
dennis is a legand i luv him!he doesnt only teach english he acts it out!haha he either luvs u r h8s u god help u if he h8 u!hav u eva bin t lioness?
Most amazing man, he's a legand! Class of 2004 any one rember the picture of the bird?? he's definatly the best teacher i ever had (jim in second place)
Excellent Teacher, he fed my love of poetry and inspired me to write.He really knows his stuff.Thanks Denis.Take care.
anyone in the class of 2004?. he is the best teacher i have ever had.he taught me the whole macbeth coursrse the day b4 my leaving.thanks denis.
The man is amazing,he has such a passion for poetry and makes it come alive. Buy his tapes cos theyre helpful too!
Should wake up and realise that there is girls as well as fellas in da school! still calls me the wrong name
Not a big fan of his. Not nearly as good as my old english teacher.
Thank you Dennis for giving me a love of English. You taught me in Oatlands 25 years ago and you're a top man.
I love Dennis hes a great teacher and makes learning poetry fun. i wish hed pick on the boys a bit more thought!!
nyom nyoms anyone? its the same girls every week who sit up the front, they love the attention. anyway dennis is as cool black wellys
Weirdest teaching style ever but excellent. Made it very easy to retain the poems
I love his classes and I avoid them! I'm so scared hes going to pick me out and act out something 4 like an hour!!Hes a great teacher!!!pick on the boys!!
Absolute legend. Energetic and loves poetry. Picks on the girls too much though...
This man is amazin, anyone from class of 2004 remember him puttin a hole in the desk during one of the classes???Classic!!!He makes eng live!
Poetry is not poetry without this man as your teacher! Keeps every1 awake with his room6 "antics"! doesn't waste a second of that hour!! Chokey wokeys any1? !!
This guy is completly mad! He keeps everone awake and interested.
Dennis Creaven was such a brill teacher, he made english so easy to learn and understand and he was always available to talk and help with any situation.