Mr Matthews was without a shadow of a doubt the BEST teacher I ever had. From day one, I thrived on his mix of brilliance, sarcastic faux-put downs (or maybe they were genuine, gulp!) and bleak humour. He demanded the absolute best from you and if he saw that you had ability, he pushed you hard. LOVED his classes - the best laugh of my school day while learning beaucoup! 'Up to the board, Miss Duuuuuunne'. Ah, les souvenirs...! (class of'81-'85)
A wonderful teacher of French. Nothing left to chance at any exam. I won't forget his dry humour. Of course, was also smitten completely.
Unforgettably brilliant teacher of French. His manner was wonderfully dry and sarcastic but always underpinned with humour and warmth - had some of the best laughs of my schooldays in his class. His teaching was thorough
Best teacher I ever had...ended up studying French at University because of him!
Best teacher I ever had. Also the most sarcastic person I ever met! Brought the best out of anyone who was willing to put in the effort. Referred to us all as "mr...." and "miss......"
Best teacher I ever had. Really knows his stuff. Got the best out of everyone. So sarastic&hilarious. "Arise fair maiden, up to the board". Put the fear in you to do your stuff. Teaching methods were first class.
best teacher in coolmine(no contest).more coolmine teachers need to atted his class than pupils!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Three years of junior cert french and most of it's still in my head - especially the verbs! Interesting, stimulating, valuable class. Class '96
I can't believe he's still teaching. I left Coolmine in 1983 and even then he was a legend. The best teacher I ever had. I cannot say enough about him. He was superb!
20 years later can still conjugate the verb to be. Seldom met anyone since that commanded as much respect.
Such respect for an amazing teacher, fair enough his sarcasm was endless and he loved embaressing us... but he is so witty and the best teacher in coolmine by far.
TOTAL LEGEND!The best teacher I ever had!Loved his class,he was so funny..."how do u expect to learn french when u don't even know english?"!!!!RESPECT!
one of the finest teachers in coolmine,with a killer wit.my mother actually enjoyed parent teacher meetings with him.so sad he is now vice an incredible loss
wat a teacher. no1 cud have prepared me better. it showed in my results. atmosphere was always gud in his class
Last year he was a gifted french teacher who was deidicated for his students to acheive,now he goes around all day taking jackets.c'mon tone,u used to b cool
great teacher and very funny! If I were still in the school I'd think it was a great loss to the language dept wen he was made vice, but he's perfect for da job
Very good teacher,probably the best language teacher in coolmine
Great Teacher, will one day be principal, I dreaded french, but in a good way, the verb to be........ Nice guy too.
this man is a total legend.had him for jc many yrs ago and i still remember how to conjugate the first 12 verbs after having to often write them out20times!!!!
Best teacher ever!!,had him for lc never learned so much,thaught he was hilarious,really enjoyed his class!!
Past puplil...sarcastic but a great teacher..."Even your mistake is wrong"!!
legend. wish i had him 4 longer he was real gud at teaching
proberly the best teacher i ever had,he really cared,he tought me all my english grammer through french,a nice man,but a great teacher
the best teacher iv ever had witout a doubt.wish i was still in coolmine just 2 b in his class.that guy knows how to teach.respect!
repetition=education,he just drilled it into you,not for me though,dont know how many times i got shouted at "warning mr.___"
The best teacher I ever had, he definitely deserved to get Vice-principal, he will have that school in proper order!!
Brillant teacher, wish i had him longer than a year though
one of coolmine's finest, quite scaery going into his class..."the verb to be....!!" but ecellent teacher & well deserved the job of vice-principal
To this day, I shiver when I meet him in Tesco (he first taught me in 1985 I am now grown up!) Excellent teacher though - I learnt my english grammar thru fren
Past pupil- Despite being petrified going into his class, he was an excellent teacher...now conjugate this verb..
Did French only up to 3rd year. 'A' in the JC thanks to Mr. M, excellent teacher. Positive that it's the base I got from him that helped me become fluent later.
Brilliant guy,feared him in first year, up to the board!!but loved him in 6th year,was my favourite class to go to!ya gotta love his prenunciations!
the man is wasted in admin.a living legend.if only he thought the higher french in lc 2003
A real cool guy if u get on with him....i wouldnt like to be in his bad books coz he would take u to bits!
a great teacher, really helped me get through french in lc 2003
My right hand has never been the same after writing out those verbs every week, but it still brightened up my day to see his red golf pullover
brilliant teacher defenitely scary but I don't know anyone that had him that can't say off french verbs in their sleep. He shud still be teaching
still have nightmares about to the board ms _____ but he was an excellent teacher they shouldn't let teachers that good go into administration.
best teacher i have ever had. if you don't learn something he'll drill it into you. he's a little scary though!
Only had him for one year which is a shame but he was really good.Why an earth did the school have him teaching pass students for 2003 LC?
He is now vice Principal and gets things done for us