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Home News Obituaries Fr Fintan John Murtagh ssc R.I.P (1940 - 2016)

Fr Fintan John Murtagh ssc R.I.P (1940 - 2016)

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fintan murtaghFr Fintan J. Murtagh was born at Moyvore, Co. Westmeath on 12 February 1940. He was educated at Moyvore NS and at St Finian's College, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. He came to Dalgan in 1957 and was ordained priest on 22 December 1963 and died on 23 December 2016 .

Appointed to the Philippines, and to the northern District of Zambales, he served initially in San Marcelino, and Botolan. He spent longer periods in San Antonio, before returning again to Botolan and later to Candelaria and to Olongapo City .

In 1972 , Fintan became aware that he was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. With his sunny temperament, he did not allow his condition to determine what he could or could not do, and he actually continued to play golf long after others would have given up. From 1985, he began to develop a systematic approach to the disabled members of Candelaria Parish. The result was Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for People with Disabilities and Families (PWD). By 2010 this organization was serving in thirteen parishes of the Diocese of Iba, Zambales. In all it was serving 1037 members in a broad variety of programmes for the disabled. It is serving those who suffer from cerebral palsy, stroke victims, those with Parkinson's Disease, spinal cord injuries, and epilepsy. It also helps slow learners, the mute, the blind and the partially blind, Down Syndrome and a variety of other disabling conditions .

As he coped with his own disability, Fintan gave courage and hope to so many other families in the Philippines and elsewhere. When he could no longer cope he came home to Ireland, but a mechanised wheel-chair, and a special vehicle enabled him to be part of everything that was going on until he suffered a major stroke earlier this year.

Fintan will be remembered as a man of humour, hope and indomitable courage, a witness to all of us on how to cope with life's difficulties .

May he rest in peace
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