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Beloved Sydney Irish priest dies

January 18, 2013 • Local, New South Wales, News,

Cork-born priest Fr John McSweeney has died, aged 93.

The death has taken place of well-known Sydney Irish priest Fr John McSweeney.

Fr McSweeney, who served for 37 years as parish priest at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Kingsgrove until retirement in 1993, passed away at Westmead Hospital on Wednesday, aged 93.

Fr McSweeney, of Inchigeela in Co Cork, came to Australia in 1945 after training as a seminarian at All Hallows College in Dublin.

He worked as a chaplain in Japan following the end of the Second World War, working in several parishes before his longest stint, in Kingsgrove.

Bishop David Cremin has paid tribute to the late priest.

“He was an absolutely wonderful priest who reached out to everybody,” Bishop Cremin told Australian Catholic News.

“Even in his old age, people everywhere, especially all the priests, sick priests, retired priests who were lonely, he would be forever on their doorstep.

“At his age he was just extraordinary, he was just full of life. He kept going to the beach, winter and summer.

“He was one of my very best friends.

“He was an extraordinary man, he will deeply missed.

After retiring, Fr McSweeney wrote three books including a biography of Bishop Cremin.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.

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