Item 13 - Part of a letter from Fr Patrick O’Kelly SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway

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Part of a letter from Fr Patrick O’Kelly SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway


  • 25 August 1954 (Creation)

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(18 March 1896-22 July 1968)

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Born: 18 March 1896, Baltinglass, County Wicklow
Entered: 13 August 1913, St Stanislaus College, Tullabeg, County Offaly
Ordained: 31 July 1927
Professed: 02 February 1930
Died: 22 July 1968, Coláiste Iognáid, Sea Road, Galway

by 1929 at St Beuno’s Wales (ANG) making Tertianship
by 1930 at Rome Italy (ROM) studying

◆ Jesuits in Ireland :

JESUITICA: The flies of Ireland
Only one Irish Provincial has had a genus of flies called after him. In 1937 Fr Larry Kieran welcomed Fr Hermann Schmitz, a German Jesuit, to Ireland, and he stayed here for about four years, teaching in Tullabeg and doing prodigious research on Irish Phoridae, or flies. He increased the known list of Irish Phoridae by more than 100 species, and immortalised Fr Larry by calling a genus after him: Kierania grata. Frs Leo Morahan and Paddy O’Kelly were similarly honoured, Leo with a genus: Morahanian pellinta, and Paddy with a species, Okellyi. Hermann served Irish entomologists by scientifically rearranging and updating the specimens of Phoridae in our National Museum. He died in Germany exactly fifty years ago.

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Part of a letter from Fr Patrick O’ Kelly SJ, St Ignatius College, Galway regarding the acquisition for the library in Tullamore, an old parchment bound folio volume entitled ‘Defensio Fidei Catholicae a Francesco Suario Soc. Iesu Coimbra 1613’.

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