Parish Of Birth
Killarney, Co. Kerry (Diocese of Kerry)
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Retired ex Kinsale CC : 1927
Kinsale CC : 23/9/1917 – 1927
Murragh and Templemartin CC : 14/1/1917 – 23/9/1917
Uibh Laoire CC : 2/5/1909 – 14/1/1917
Chaplain, North Presentation Convent : 25/5/1902 – 2/5/1909
Chaplain, Fever Hospital, Cork : 8/9/1901 – 25/5/1902
Chaplain, Mount St. Joseph’s : 8/9/1901 – 25/5/1902
Chaplain, Presentation Convent, Crosshaven : 25/6/1900 – 8/9/1901
He was adopted (pro tem) from the Diocese of Kerry on the 27/6/1900, and in August 1903, he was affiliated to the Diocese of Cork.
He was a brother of Dick Fitzgerald, Kerry All-Ireland Footballer and official after whom the G.A.A. Stadium in Killareney is named. He was joint author of How to Play Gaelic Football with his brother Dick. In 1927, he organised an American tour for the Kerry team (while still based in Cork diocese). He travelled out ahead of the team. Unfortunately, he had very few happy memories of this historic event, as a member of the organising committee misappropriated most of the funds, from which upset he never fully recovered.
On the headstone marking his grave and that of other family members is the following inscription: Tugadar a saogal ag obair, ar son teanga, ceoil, cluci, agus saoirse na hEireann. (They gave their life working for the language, music, games, and the freedom of Ireland)
For a brief pen-picture of Fr. Fitzerald we would recommend:
a. Dick Fitzgedrald: King in a Kingdom of Kings (2008), by Tom Looney, p. 9, 174, 187, 210.
b. Newcestown Hurling & Football Club – a tale of heroes… sung and unsung p. 7-9.
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
Lindville Hospital, Ballintemple, Cork
Place Of Burial
New Cemetery, Killarney, Co. Kerry
The Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, Co. Kerry.