Parish Of Birth
Innishannon / Knockavilla
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Murragh and Templemartin PP : 7/2/1970 – 11/12/1971
Carraig na bhFear CC : 24/31960 – 7/2/1970
St. Finbarr’s Seminary, Farranferris : 1935 – 24/3/1960
An tAthair Tadhg had a noted love for the Irish language, which he endowed to many of his students at Farranferris during his teaching career. He founded the scheme whereby students at Farranferris could spend some time in the West Kerry Gaeltacht during the summer among native Irish speakers and learn the language. He was instrumental in the establishment of Bru na Graige – which was built to accommodate the summer students.
He was largely responsible for the rebuilding of the church at Carraig na bhFear which was reopened a year after his death.
During his time in the parish he had the name of the parish changed from the anglicised Carrignavar to the original Irish Carraig na bhFear (The rock of the men).
Gaelscoil an Athair Tadhg O Murchu, in Douglas, Cork, is named after him.
For an insight into the life and work of An Athair Tadhg, we would recommend; Farranferris – The Heritage of St. Finbarr by J.C. Walsh, p. 109 – 116.
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
Bon Secours Hospital, Cork
Place Of Burial
St John the Baptist Church Grounds, Newcestown, Co. Cork
His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Lucey, Bishop of Cork and Ross, presided at the Concelebrated Requiem Mass. (The Mass was concelebrated by 14 priests – 12 of whom has taught with An Athair Tadhg at Farranferris diocesan College, and two cousins).
President Eamon de Valera was represented at the funeral by Lt. Col. Henderson.
The chief concelebrant was Very Rev. Daniel Canon Connolly, P.P., V.F., Bantry; and the other concelebrants were, An tAthair Sean Mac Carthaigh, P.P., South Parish; Very Rev. Robert V. Canon Powell, Adm., Cathedral; Very Rev. Jeremiah J. O’Sullivan, P.P., V.F., Bandon; Very Rev. Patrick Fullam, P.P., Dunmanway; Very Rev. John J. McSweeney, P.P., Muintervara; Fr’s. William Dinneen, C.C., Cathedral; Michael G. O’Brien, St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris; Carthach McCarthy, Holy Family Church; Cornelius White, C.C., Carrig na bhFear; Edmond Keohan, C.C., Bantry; Brian O’ Ceallaigh, C.C., Kinsale, and Eugene Cashman, C.C., South Parish. Masters of the ceremonies were Fr. Donal O’Callaghan, Bishop’s Secretary and Fr. Fachtna O’ Neill, C.C., Murragh.