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Fr. Jack O’Brien Jack (christened John Vincent) O’Brien was born on 20th July 1927. He grew up in Turner’s Cross and was educated by the Presentation Brothers in Cork. He went to St. Joseph’s College (a juniorate run by the Mill Hill Fathers) in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny in 1944. He left there in 1945 with Leaving Certificate Honours and after six more years of study, he was ordained in 1951 at Mill Hill, London. After his ordination as a Mill Hill priest, he returned to Cork where he attended UCC for four years, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Geography and Sociology in 1955. He subsequently completed a Teachers’ Certificate in Scotland. He then went on missionary work to Africa where he spent eight years working in Teacher Training Colleges in Uganda. He came back to Ireland for holidays during that time, including a visit to officiate at the wedding of his sister Mary in February 1962. In 1964, he returned to Dublin and during the subsequent decades he served in several senior positions in Ireland. He was Rector of St. Joseph’s, Dartry House; he spent two periods as Mill Hill Regional Superior in Ireland; he was Executive Secretary of the Irish Missionary Union. He was editor of Saint Joseph’s Advocate for many years, a position he loved and which he used skilfully to develop and promote the Advocate. His final assignment was to St. Luke’s Hospital as chaplain, a position to which he devoted himself generously. He died unexpectedly on St. Patrick’s Day, 2008. His obituary notice in the Advocate described him as “a dedicated missionary priest (who) fulfilled every assignment faithfully… He nonetheless never suppressed his great love of life. He loved being with people, socialising with them and enjoying their company at home and abroad”. He was a personal and spiritual support to a very wide range of O’Brien cousins and relatives. He officiated at christenings, marriages and funerals of his relatives and friends in Ireland, the UK and overseas. He kept in touch with relatives from various branches of the family and was much loved by his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a friend and a source of comfort to hundreds of cancer patients and their families during his later years as counsellor and chaplain in St. Luke’s Hospital and in Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross in Dublin. His support was loving and unconditional – he judged nobody and was available morning, noon and night to anyone who needed him. He was supported in his personal and professional life by his friend, Eileen Keane, who worked with him in a wide variety of contexts, from missionary work in Uganda and other African countries – to his counselling role in palliative care settings such as St. Luke’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospice. Pat, the second son of Paddy Joe and May, was born in 1933. He married Dom O’Callaghan and

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