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Patrick O'Neill

Patrick O'Neill (1891-1958)

Born at Grange, Fedamore, Co. Limerick, he was educated at St Munchin's College, Limerick and St Patrick's College Maynooth. Ordained priest in June 1915, he returned to Maynooth to prepare for a Doctorate in Divinity. He was appointed to the staff of Maynooth, and held the post of Professor of Moral Theology before becoming Vice-President of the College in 1936. He became PP Bruff and St Munchin's before he was appointed bishop in December 1945. He was consecrated bishop of Limerick on February 24th 1946.

Bishop O'Neill prepared the ground for the development of St Munchin's College and moved the Bishop's residence to Kilmoyle. Despite being a shy person, he was the driving force behind a great deal of Diocesan work. He died suddenly in Kilmoyle on March 26th 1958 and is buried in the priests' plot in Mount St Laurence Cemetery.

by Monsignor John Fleming

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