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Saturday 24 February 2018

Fr Jim moves up the town

Fr Jim O'Connell's farewell function

Sean McGuone, Patsy Martin, Fr. Jim O'Connell, Martin Hegarty and Pat Mulroy at Fr. Jim's farewell reception held in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan.
Sean McGuone, Patsy Martin, Fr. Jim O'Connell, Martin Hegarty and Pat Mulroy at Fr. Jim's farewell reception held in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan.
Fr. Jim O'Connell, with staff members of Scoil Mhuire nGael at Fr. Jim's farewell reception held in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan. Included are, Kevin Mullen, Louise O'Hanlon, Grainne Gallagher, John Quinn, Mary Brennan, Margaret Woods, Sharon Durnin, Eilish Conachy and Ann Duffy.
Fr. Jim O'Connell, with staff members of St. Joseph's NS at Fr. Jim's farewell reception held in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan. Included are, Shane McEntee, Muirne Lawlor, Jheni Ní Naraigh, Elizabeth Flanagan, Roz Morris and Benny McArdle.
Fr. John Hand (left), Fr. Cormac McNamara, Fr. Edmond Duffy, Fr. Jim O'Connell and Fr. Frank Corry at Fr. Jim's farewell reception held in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan.

There was a recent function in in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan to bid a fond farewell to Rev Fr Jim O'Connell SM, who departed the Holy Family Parish after nine years as Administrator.

Fr Jim, a native of Dublin was joined by his many friends and members of the parish at the function.

During his tenure in the parish he served on the board of management of Scoil Mhuire na nGael and on the pastoral council, as well as recently celebrating the silver jubilee of the opening of the Church of the Holy Family.

'I will of course miss my many friends that I have made in my time in the Holy Family', he said, adding that he has only moved up the town.

'As a Dublin man, we would say we are going in to town, but in Dundalk you say, going up the town'.

Fr Jim has moved to the Marist Fathers house on St Mary's Road and will join Rev Fr Kevin Casey and Rev Fr Michael Maher in the community there.

He will also provide assistance to Ms Rosie Reynolds, chaplin in St Mary's College.

'I wish my successor, Rev Fr Cormac McNamara well as the new parish Administrator and am sure that the parish will be as supportive of him, as they were of me in my nine years there'.

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