Much has been written in recent days on “Bloody Sunday” and indeed the occasion has been solemnised in Tipperary by their team winning the Munster final. The name of Michael Hogan of Grangemockler has been immortalised in song and story and the centenary of his tragic death has been fittingly celebrated.
When Tipperay faced Dublin on that fateful day among their supporters was a cleric from Mullinahone, an Augustinian Fr Denis P Crotty. Born in 1878 he would most likely have come in contact with the Augustinians through their churches in nearby Fethard or Callan. Ordained in Dublin in 1901 Crotty served in various Augustinian friaries and in 1920 was based in Drogheda Co Louth. Crotty was an unusually tall man standing at six feet five inches – a giant in those days, indeed in the Augustinians he was affectionately nicknamed “Long Crotty”. A keen GAA fan on November 21st he headed for Croke Park to see his native Tipperary take on the Dubs. The main events of that day are well documented and need not be repeated here.
Fr Crotty’s attention was drawn to the fact that one of the Tipperary players had been shot and he made his way to him as he lay on the field. The very next morning (November 22) he recounted the events of that tragic day to an altar boy , Patrick Duffner who was serving his mass in Drogheda. Writing in 1976 Duffner recalled Crotty’s words. “The military arrived during the game and fired indiscriminately into the crowd. Seeing a player lying on the ground I made my way through the panicking people to attend to him. On reaching him I saw he was already dead. It was Michael Hogan” . “As I served his mass at 7 a.m. on that day Fr Crotty gave me all the details of what had happened”.
As a student of Augustinian history I had heard of Fr Crotty’s ministering to Michael Hogan on Bloody Sunday but I never knew if it was true or had been exaggerated. Recently I was pleased to learn that the Hogan family themselves have unearthed some documentation confirming the fact that Fr Crotty was present with Michael on that fateful day in Croke Park. This Mullinahone man died in 1932 and is buried in Drogheda.
Fr Iggy O’Donovan,
Augustinian Community, Ballyboden, Dublin / New Ross, Wexford / Inistioge, Kilkenny.
(Hammersmith, London and Brownsford, Kilkenny)
Fr. John Murphy O.S.A., died peacefully in our Care Centre in Bray Manor, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 21st November 2020. Predeceased by his parents, Tom and Kate, his sisters Mary, Nora and Kitty and his brothers Dick, Andy and Thomas. Deeply mourned by his sister Anastasia (Sr. Pius) and brother Billy. His in-laws, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and friends and all his Augustinian Confreres.
May Fr John Rest In Peace
Due to current Government restrictions regarding public gatherings a private family funeral will take place for Fr. John in the coming days. Those who wish to leave a message of sympathy for the family may do so in the condolence section of RIP.IE or below this notice, thank you. All enquiries to James Cooney Funeral Directors, New Ross, (051 421416).
Fr. John’s Funeral Mass in Good Counsel College, New Ross, at 2:15pm on Tuesday 24th November and Interment in the Augustinian plot there may be viewed live on Tuesday afternoon at the following link:
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Matt 25:31 Jesus said: “When the Son of
Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the
throne of his glory. 32 All the nations
will be gathered before him, and he will
separate people one from another as a
shepherd separates the sheep from the
goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at
his right hand and the goats at the left.
34 Then the king will say to those at his
right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed
by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you
gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave
me something to drink, I was a stranger
and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked
and you gave me clothing, I was sick and
you took care of me, I was in prison and
you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous
will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that
we saw you hungry and gave you food,
or thirsty and gave you something to
drink? 38 And when was it that we saw
you a stranger and welcomed you, or
naked and gave you clothing? 39 And
when was it that we saw you sick or in
prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king
will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just
as you did it to one of the least of these
who are members of my family, you did
it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at
his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for
I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to
drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did
not welcome me, naked and you did not
give me clothing, sick and in prison and
you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also
will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we
saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger
or naked or sick or in prison, and did not
take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you
did not do it to one of the least of these,
you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these
will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous into eternal life.”
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This Sunday’s Gospel is about the parable of the Talents.
Explore what was the inspiration for this scary parable with #sundaysgospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.
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