Church and Clergy ARTICLES IN THE GRANGE BOOK (8)
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These Grange Book articles are largely about Roman Catholic clergy of the Grange and Bruff locality: clergy attached to the parishes over the years, clergy who were born and raised in Grange or with Grange connections, and who went on to minister elsewhere in Ireland and overseas. Two of these became renowned Bishops. The articles chart the lives of several men including Canon Denis Browne, Father John Donworth, Bishop John Joseph Hogan and Bishop Patrick O'Neill.
Bishop John Joseph Hogan, a native of Caherguillamore, served as Bishop of Kansas City for many years. In his early ministry in the USA, Father Hogan served the Roman Catholics of Missouri. He will be forever associated with The Irish Wilderness in the Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri. Bishop Hogan wrote extensively about growing up in Caherguillamore and returning there (Fifty Yeas Ago) as well as about his ministry in the USA (On the Mission in Missouri 1857-1868). Bishop Hogan's great grand-niece, Olive Hogan O'Connor, wrote the article.
Bishop Patrick O'Neill served as Bishop of Limerick for many years with distinction. He was a renowned athlete, player of Gaelic games with the Fedamore Club, as well as being a superb horseman. Mike Barry wrote the article.
Canon Denis Browne served in several Limerick parishes, frequently returning to his beloved Grange to be close to family and Lough Gur. He was a renowned athlete who excelled at running various distances. He ran a great number of marathons over the years. Father Browne dedicated his clerical life to supporting the youth and encouraging their participation in athletics and outdoor pursuits. Francis O'Dwyer wrote the article.
Father John Donworth, another Caherguillamore man, served in a number of parishes in Limerick City and County over the years. He is the parish priest of the Kildimo and Pallaskenry Parish at present (2017). After his ordination, Fr John served in a number of parishes in the USA: in the Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey and the parish of Chatam in New Jersey. Fr Donworth himself, wrote the article.
The present Saints Patrick and Brigid RC Church in Grange dates back to 1837, and its history is set out in the Grange Church article, written by Mary Kate Gallagher. A detailed article records the graveyard layout at Grange Church including all of the grave inscriptions. The graveyard survey was undertaken by Noel Dempsey, her sister, Joan, and by Minie O'Brien.
John Carroll is passionate about history - he hosts a weekly radio history programme. His article on Roman Catholic Clergy Of Bruff Parish reflects remarkable research going back to the late seventeenth century, cataloguing priests of the parish up to the present day.
The history of the Church of Ireland church at Tullybrackey, designed by James Pain, Architect, is set out in an article by James Canon Costello.