Monday 23 October 2017

From his time as a young curate in Limerick, he was someone unique

Bishop Casey visiting Fr Niall O’Brian and other prisoners in Bacolod prison in the Philippines in 1984.
Bishop Casey visiting Fr Niall O’Brian and other prisoners in Bacolod prison in the Philippines in 1984.
John Downing

John Downing

From his earliest days as a young priest on the edge of Limerick city, Eamonn Casey stood out as somebody rather different, with a unique ability to connect with ordinary people.

An anecdote about a parish fund-raising sale of work, nd a promised bag of potatoes, won him notoriety all across the entire region in the early 1950s and for years afterwards.

The farmer was slow to deliver on his promised bag of potatoes, and when the young Fr Casey called in person, the man apologised that pressure of work meant he had no time to dig them out.

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