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Fr. John O'Gorman - Winter 2002


What is your greatest strength?

Knowing and believing that I am loved by God.

What is your greatest weakness?


How would you like to be remembered?

ln a Prayer.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Finding myself at the wrong Funeral Home and not knowing anyone there.

How do you like to relax?

At a car boot sale (the bigger the better).

What is your biggest regret?

That there was so many years that l couldn’t sing.

What was the happiest day of your life?

February 26th 1976 while at a prayer meeting and every day.

What period of time would you have liked to be born in?

My own lifetime — since 1956 without my school days.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

Capetown (South Africa)

Which person (apart from your family members) has had the most influence in your life?

Philip Flanagan, a teacher in 3rd class in Primary, he was fair to everybody and showed great respect to each pupil. And Con O’Sullivan (Carlow College) his motto – “You can do it John”.

What is your favourite film?

Nun’s Story.

What makes you angry?

Angry might be too strong – Adults talking during Mass.

Describe yourself in four words?

Happy, Over-weight, Sincere, Faithful.

What is your least appealing habit?

Making the bed as I get into it at night

If you could swap lives with someone, who would you choose and why?

l wouldn’t swap my life with anybody; it’s a great life so far.

Who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

Maureen Potter, Daniel O’DonneIl, Alice Taylor, Fr. Jack McArdle.

What do you miss about Athenry when you are away?

The singing of “Father I Believe”.

The world is about to end, how would you spend your last day on earth?

Surrounded by those who were good to me during my life, family and friends.

What would you like on your headstone?

“Let your light shine, as John tried to let his light shine”

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Written by To be confirmed!

Published here 14 Aug 2023 and originally published Winter 2002

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