Fr Pat’s fond farewell from Salesians

WELL known and loved Salesian priest, Fr. Pat Egan, is ending a full time eighteen years association with Celbridge.

WELL known and loved Salesian priest, Fr. Pat Egan, is ending a full time eighteen years association with Celbridge.

The Drimnagh native who regularly says the 8.30am Sunday mass in St. Patrick’s church said of Celbridge : “I really got to enjoy it.”He is moving to Crumlin but will retain some links with Celbridge

His new role will see him serving as secretary to the Provincial, the head of the Salesian order in Ireland.

Pat (72) was ordained in 1969.

Amidst stints in Rome and Turin, he became a curate in St. Agnes in Crumlin and then the first Salesian chaplain at NUI Maynooth.

As parish priest, in Milford, Limerick, he found the local school badly needed new rooms. “I wrote to Mary O’Rourke (then Minister for Education) and told her I will have to rent rooms in the Castletroy Hotel and you will be paying the bill. That caught her attention and she signed the papers,” he said.

In September 1995, he moved Celbridge and was chaplain to the school until 1999.

“I really enjoyed the community aspect about Celbridge,” he said.

He has been well known in the local Celbridge Camera Club and friends from that group will also be organising a send off for him this week.

He also got great fun out of helping Tony Doohan publish his History of Celbridge and running a school newspaper.

While he will now have to remove his office he will continue to have roots in Celbridge where he remains a key figure in the ACRE horticultural project beside the school.

- Henry Bauress