Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to News Report 1201 from Millstreet. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this cold, wet, and calm Tuesday morning.
Everything is fast returning to normal following the Christmas break. The annual New Year Day dip in the Blackwater is still on hold due to weather conditions, but other than that all voluntary bodies are getting ready to swing back into action and do their best for our community in the year ahead.
Even as I write, more than six months after his unexpected taking from among us, it is difficult to think of Fr Tom O’Flynn as of someone who is dead. Though his appointments during the latter half of his priestly life required him to live outside the community, he was always punctilious about keeping in touch, regularly visiting the house to which he was formally attached whether it was the old St Joseph’s on Temple Road, Blackrock or the new one at Stillorgan Park. Then, of course, he “breezed in” to the other houses making some provocative statement and galvanising a sometimes jaded community into life. Perhaps this is the same as saying that he was life-enhancing.
Tom O, as he was affectionately known among his confrères, was born in Millstreet, Co. Cork and, though he spent most of his life in the Dublin area, there was a sense in which he never left it. This was largely due to his devotion to his family. But those of us who lived close to him in his earlier years heard a good deal about the Presentation Convent in Millstreet and the nuns in Drishane, and also about the local citizenry. And there was the famous occasion — I think it was at the end of the war — when Tom O, bewailing the rise in [read more …] “Fr Tom O’Flynn CM (1915-1984)”
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