Robert McCarthy, b. 1940
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Robert McCarthy, b. 1940


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Track 1: His background in Newcastle, Co. Tipperary and early education in St. Columba’s College, Rathfarnham. His studies at Trinity College Dublin; his degree in Modern History and Political Science. Further studies at St John’s College Cambridge, Trinity College Oxford and Cuddesdon Theological College. Track 2: His undergraduate years in Trinity College Dublin in the 1950s, and his perception of the College as a community of people of diverse backgrounds. Details of his work with the Church Commissioners in London and Reading. Track 3: His work as Junior Administrator, working with the Assistant Secretary of Queen’s University, Belfast. Track 4: Moving to Trinity College Dublin as Assistant Secretary, involved in Faculty Administration, with living accommodation in Rubrics. The changes in Trinity during this time. His views in respect of rescinding the ban on Roman Catholics studying at Trinity. Track 5: A change of direction in his life with his ordination in 1979. First appointed to Carlow, before moving to England as team vicar in Bracknell New Town. Returned as vicar to St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny and Rector of Castlecomer, then moving to the Collegiate Church in Galway City as Rector there. Track 6: His election as Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin in 1999, where he remained until retirement in 2012. The procedure for electing a Dean; the endeavour of running St. Patrick’s Cathedral as a self-sustaining business. The maintenance and conservation of the cathedral. Track 7: His sermon on the occasion of his retirement, in which he raised several important and somewhat contentious issues – a spirit of forthrightness being a quality he considers essential to the role of Dean.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Collection



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48 hours

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Former Dean, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore