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Fr. Morley

Rev. Thomas A. Morley - P.P. 1953 - 1976

A native of Co. Mayo, the late Fr. Morley came to St. Bernard's Parish in May 1953 from Castlebar where he served as curate. He replaced the then aged P.P. Fr. Thomas Burke, who went into retirement.

Fr. Morley had a keen interest in all parish activities and fostered the love of hurling and football among the Mass Servers. This group of youngsters were always sure of a 'lift' to the 'Match of the Day' on Sunday afternoons regardless of destination, within the county and outside, to the Connacht Finals. This was a time when coaches or cars were not the order of the day. Much of the sucess of this present Hurling Club can be attributed to Fr. Morley's interest and generosity in paving the way to procure from the Archbishop the present location for development into a hurling pitch.

As a fundraiser for the parish, Fr. Morley introduced Carnival Dancing to Abbeyknockmoy which was a great success during the late 50's and 60's. These funds aided the repair of our present Church after the fire damage, built the Newtown boy's school that stands adjacent to the pitch, and also erected a modern priest's residence.

Fr. Thomas A. Morley (R.I.P.) went to his eternal reward in August 1976, much to the regret of the parishioners who had come to know him so well.

This club is honoured to name its pitch to his memory with the kind permission of his family.

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