1935 was the year I was born in Wexford Town, the ninth of ten. There were four boys and six girls. Two of the girls became nuns and one brother is a Kiltegan priest in Zimbabwe. Our mum used to say “and we have six normal children”.
When I was only a few months old my father, who was originally from Roscommon, was transferred to Cork – he was in the Dept. of Agriculture and actually studied here in Athenry early in 1906 — 1908.
After being in the Presentation Convent School and the Presentation Brothers School in Turners Cross, I was sent to the Christian Brothers in Sullivan’s Quay. After leaving cert. in 1952 I joined the Columban Fathers and worked in Korea, the U.S.A and England. Six years ago Archbishop Cassidy welcomed me to the Tuam Diocese and I was in the parish of Cong/Cross and The Neale , until Archbishop Neary appointed me here in July.
I am very grateful to Frs. Tony and John and to the people of the parish for the warm welcome they have given me and I am looking forward to the years ahead in Athenry.
Written by Fr O Connor
Published here 10 May 2023 and originally published Christmas 2000