Poetry

Gabriel Fitzmaurice: Father Pat

Father Pat In Memoriam Fr Patrick Cunningham 1903–1984   Father Pat, my uncle, was the kind Who shunned the limelight any time he could; Let others swan around, he didn’t mind, ’Twas enough to know that what he did was good. A farmer’s son from Kerry, he took care Of his parishful of blacks in New Orleans, A simple man, his was the pastor’s share Among the low and those of meagre means. Offered elevation, he declined, A monseigneurship was his, but Father Pat Was not the kind of priest who wined and dined Too often at top tables with…

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