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Popular priest laid to rest

THE death has occurred of Fr Oliver O’Doherty, retired parish priest of Dunkerrin, County Offaly. He was very well-know in Clare as a teacher at St Flannan’s College, where he was involved in training football teams. Born on July 11, 1939, he was a native of Templederry, County Tipperary and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 51 years. He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was ordained on June 21st 1964. Fr O’Doherty’s first appointment was in Loughrea, County Galway, during which he also studied for the H Dip. Ed in UCG. In September 1965, he was appointed to teach in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny and the following year was recalled to the diocese to teach in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School, Shannon. In July 1968 he was appointed to St Flannan’s College, Ennis where he taught until 1993, becoming vice president in …

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Seven new parish priests appointed in Killaloe Diocese

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly has appointed seven new parish priests in the diocese. The new appointments will take effect from September 5. Fr Tom Hogan, administrator in Ennis, will be parish parish in Ennis while Fr Joe McMahon, president of St Flannan’s College, has been appointed parish priest pro-tem in Scariff, Feakle, Killanena and Flagmount. Fr John Molloy is returning from mission work in Ecuador to take up the role of parish priest of Tomevara. Fr Pat Treacy and Fr Michael Harding will be co-parish priests of the combined parishes of Roscrea, Bournea, Kyle and Knock. During the past year Fr Tom McGrath, MHM, was appointed acting parish priest in succession to the late Fr John Kelly and he will remain as parish priest of Kilmurry McMahon. Similarly, Fr Seamus Nohilly, SMA, was appointed to the team of priests in Imeall Borine parishes and he is to be priest in residence in Tubber. Fr Tom Corbett, parish priest of …

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From Luton to Lissycasey

In his half a century in the priesthood, Lissycasey parish priest Fr Joe Hourigan cites his four years in Luton as a seminal time in his life. Originally from Limerick, Fr Hourigan has been parish priest in Lissycasey since 2000, having moved from Ennis, where he was based in the cathedral for 21 years. On coming home from England, he served in Ruan and Dysart for four years. However, it’s his time in Bedfordshire, 1968 to 1972, that helped shape his outlook on life. “In a sense, my growing up was a very kind of sheltered life. The Luton experience was very big for me. I found it a great joy. I was full of energy and I had loads of scope for contact with people. I became my own person there,” Fr Hourigan told The Clare Champion. He feels that he broadened his horizons in England. “For me, it was a great growth experience and I had a kind …

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