VARIOUSLY described by those who know him as kind, gentle and welcoming, Naas priest Fr. Denis Doyle marked a significant milestone recently.
He celebrated his Diamond Jubilee – the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination as a priest within the Catholic church.
Atlhough he became a priest in 1952, in recent years Fr. Doyle is very well known locally to many people who have been bereaved as the chaplain at Naas General Hospital.
Fr Denis was ordained on June 22 with his first appointment being to Tinryland, Co. Carlow.
He moved to to Bagenalstown, also in County Carlow, in 1958, and he served as Spiritual Director in Carlow College from 1968 to 1973.
From there he went to Mountrath, County Laois, and returned to Tinryland to serve as parish priest in 1980.
Later still, in 1989 was appointed as Chaplain to Naas General Hospital and became a familiar figure to the many patients and visitors to the hospital.
Friends and parishioners joined Fr. Denis to celebrate a mass of thanksgiving in the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Ballycane, Naas.
Fr. Denis is retired now and lives in Craddock House in Naas where he celebrates mass every day for the residents.
During the Jubilee mass Fr. John Brickley presented Fr Denis with a large missal which he can use during his daily mass
Fr. Denis is wished many more happy and healthy years of retirement and is thanked for the kind and gentle service that he has shared with so many over the past six decades.