Fergal McGrath [SJ]

1895-1988; b. Dublin, ord. St. Stanislaus Jesuit Seminary, Tullabeg, 31 July 1927, final vows, 2 Feb. 1931, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin; ed. UCD and Campion Hall, Oxford; Adventure Island (Talbot 1932), boys’ stories, and banned by Nazis in French trans. during the Occupation; Tenement Angel, short stories (1934); Fr. Sullivan, SJ, biog. (1941); wrote on Henry Newman; also Education Ancient and Mediaeval in Ireland (1979); d. 2 Jan. 2008, Ignatius [Rd.?], Lwr. Leeson St, Dublin. DIW IF2


Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction [Pt II] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985) cites additionally The Last Lap (1925), set at Clongowes Wood, here called St. Ronan’s.


John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933); b. Dublin, once called ‘the best dressed man about Dublin’, son of a successful lawyer; embraced Catholicism and entered the Jesuit novitiate in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, aged 35; posted to Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare, where he long remained; reknowned for prayer, asceticism, and kindness and wisdom; miraculous cures among the poor attributed to him; process of canonisation initiated in 1947; beatified May 2017, in Dublin; his toom at St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St., Dublin, is a place of pilgrimage and veneration (See Amazon notice for Blessed John Sullivan, SJ, intro. by Donal Neary (Messenger Publ. 2016, 46pp. - online). See also another edition with Colm Brophy, Blessed John Sullivan, SJ (2020).

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