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Priests Honoured In St. Patrick’s College Thurles

Fr. Christy O’Dwyer And Alumni Priests Are Honoured In St. Patrick’s College, Thurles

Fr-Christy-ODwyerFr. Christy O’Dwyer and all former student priests were honoured in St. Patrick’s College in a special ceremony held on Tuesday, October 8th last.

Following the annual Student Scholarship and Awards evening a special tribute was paid to Fr. Christy and former student priests.

The East Wing of the College was re-christened as the “Alumni Wing,” and the Student Library is now to be known as “The Fr. Christy O’Dwyer Library.”  Two commemorative plaques to mark this occasion were unveiled to those in attendance on the night and patron of the college, His Grace Archbishop Dr Dermot Clifford, blessed both plaques.

The library was renamed in recognition of Fr. Christy’s enormous contribution to the College down through the years. He gave in excess of thirty years of service to the college, 19 years of which was spent working as the College Librarian.

Fr. Fogarty in paying tribute to this “humble and unassuming man,” stated that he knows “with absolute certainty – all alumni would be very pleased to hear that this library will be called after Fr. Christy O’Dwyer. He gave sterling service to the college here for over thirty years.”

On accepting the honour Fr. Christy stated that he was “so taken aback,” on hearing that he was to be honoured in this fashion. “On an occasion such as this, one doesn’t expect to be present at it,” he humorously commented; “you expect to be in a very different place!  I am very honoured and very grateful.”

Our gratitude and congratulations go to Fr Christy.

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