It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Fr. Pat O’Herlihy on last Wed. Nov. 14th. Fr. Pat died peacefully in the company of some family members and his Columban colleagues in Dalgan Park, outside Navan. Fr. Pat lived in Mayfield for 17 years and only moved to Dalgan Park earlier this year. Fr. Pat was born in Berrings in 1933 and commenced studies in Dalgan Park in 1952. He was ordained in 1958. He celebrated his diamond jubilee of ordination during the summer. Indeed, he celebrated his golden jubilee here in Our Lady Crowned in 2008. Fr. Pat served as a dedicated and conscientious missionary priest in the Phillipines for many years serving in different parishes. He also served as chaplain to the Irish communities in the United Kingdom from 1973-1979. Fr. Pat was always humble about his work as a missionary priest and never boasted in any way about the sacrifices he had made. However, he did often speak of his time serving on ‘Smokey Mountain’, where he worked in very difficult conditions to serve the poorest of people on that enormous rubbish tip in the Phillipines. In more recent years, when Fr. Pat arrived in Mayfield, he worked very hard to promote the work of the Columban Missionaries in the dioceses of Cork & Ross and Cloyne. He arranged many successful concerts in the City Hall and numerous other fundraising efforts. Fr. Pat was a true missionary and a dedicated priest. He was brave and courageous. He never shirked from hard work would do anything for people. He continued to serve as chaplain to the growing Filipino community in Cork and we extend our sympathies to members of the Filipino community in our own parish and beyond. May his gentle soul now rest in the peace of the Lord after his life’s work is truly he done