Sunday 15 December 2019

Ex-pupil Fr Ambrose (100) returns for school revamp

THE oldest past pupil at a ceremony unveiling a €1.9m school extension yesterday was 100 years of age.

Fr Ambrose O'Gorman, who celebrated his 100th birthday two weeks ago, was greeted by current pupils as the extension to Brother Micheal O Cleirigh National School at Creevy, near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, was opened.

He said he could still remember when he had only a pencil to jot down notes -- contrasting with the new computer system in place at the school.

Fr Ambrose, who still assists at daily Masses in nearby Belleek, where he now lives in a nursing home, grew up next door to where Tony Blair's mother Hazel was born.

Although he was 10 years older he remembers playing with her on rope swings attached to a rafter roof in her house.

He spent all his serving religious life in parishes in England and Wales, and survived wartime bombings and a plane crash.

Irish Independent

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