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An tAthair Piaras Ó Dúill imithe ar shlí na fírinne

Posted: 6 September, 2017

The Dublin Institute of Technology would like to extend our sympathies to the family of the late Fr Piaras Ó Dúill OFM Cap. who passed away on the 5th September 2017.

an tAthair Piaras Ó Dúill, with Íte Ní Chionnaith, former DIT Journalism Lecturer, and Siobhán Nic Gaoithín, Oifigeach na Gaeilge, DIT

Fr. Piaras Ó Dúill spent well over 40 years as Chaplain of St. Brendan’s Psychiatric Hospital, Grangegorman, on the site which is now home to DIT. 

Born in Kilmainham in 1931, he trained with the Capuchin Order in Ards Friary in North Donegal. During his training, he spent periods working in St. Brendan’s Hospital and began his post in the late sixties as Chaplain of the hospital until recent years.

Over the years, he provided comfort and support to the many patients and staff in St. Brendan’s hospital and in that time saw major changes take place in psychiatric care. During his time working in St. Brendan’s he worked tirelessly to protect and maintain the hospitals records and archives which are now in the hands of the National Archives. He was very active in politics and with the Irish language. He served as a Chaplain with Cumann na bhFiann for many years, was very involved in Irish language drama, spent a lot of time in Ros Muc in the Connemara Gaeltacht, was an Irish language teacher and spent some time working with Gael Linn.

As part of DIT Libraries, Grangegorman Oral History Project, Oifig na Gaeilge, DIT recently had the pleasure of recording an tAthair Piaras Ó Dúill. He and his family gave their time generously to the project and the recording will be made available, in due course.

An tAthair Piaras Ó Dúill, 1931-2017.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal agus go mbeidh leaba aige i measc na Naomh.