Putting Hand to the Plough - Mallow Heritage Genealogy Centre

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This fascinating memoir traces one man's experiences of priesthood in Ireland over half a century from formation in the late 1940s and early 1950s, to ordination in 1956, through doctoral studies in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, followed by post-doctoral research in Rome during the heady days leading up to Vatican II.

Returning to Maynooth as Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Vice-President of the College, he helped shape the growth and development of Maynooth at perhaps the most significant time in its history. Having nurtured the formation of countless students over three decades, upon retiring in 1986, Monsignor O'Callaghan took up the responsibilities of parish priest of Mallow with inexhaustible vigour.

He also found time for prolific media involvement, among a range of other pastoral and educational initiatives.

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