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RIP Father Andrew Kane   03/06/2021

Fr.Andrew Kane O.P., RIP.

Fr.Andrew (John) Kane, who passed away in Tallaght Hospital on 2nd June 2021, is a native of Greenhill’s Road. He played for the Club’s Juvenile teams in the late 1940’s and was a member of the Club’s Minor Football Team in 1952/53. He became involved with the Club’s Juvenile Section during this period with the late Paddy Hall. The Club had a very strong Juvenile Section at this time and provided many of the members of the victorious Junior Football Championship winning team of 1957.

He became Secretary of the old South County Juvenile League. He was educated in Synge Street CBS and on completion of his Leaving Certificate he entered the Dominican Noviciate at St.Mary’s, Popes Quay, Cork in September 1953. His further education took place at the Dominican House of Studies at St.Mary’s Tallaght. Ordained on 10th July 1960 along with another Tallaght Native Fr.Ronan Cusack, they were among 16 members of the Dominican Order ordained that day.

He completed post grad studies at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Shortly after his ordination he was appointed to the Teaching Staff at Tallaght where he taught Philosophy and Logic. He also taught Philosophy at Wonersh, Surrey.

During his time on the teaching staff at Tallaght in the early 1960’s he became involved in the St.Dominic’s Boys Club. It was at this period he became fully involved in the Club again and formed the St.Dominic’s Juvenile Section and was responsible for reforming the South County Juvenile League. This action had the effect of re-establishing the strength of the Club at Juvenile Level.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s he was the Order’s Vocations Director and also Director of Knockadoon Holiday Camp. He also taught the Novices at Popes Quay in Cork.

He lived in St.Mary’s, Tallaght, St.Mary’s Popes Quay, Cork, St.Malachy’s Dundalk, Black Abbey Kilkenny and Athy until its closure 6 years ago. During his period in different Dominican Communities throughout the County he always retained a very active interest in the Club and the Association. During his stay in Kilkenny he was actively involved in Dicksboro Club in Kilkenny City.

He was a man of great integrity and that shone brightly throughout his life. He also had great people skills and could get people to do anything for him which many people did gladly.

He was predeceased by his Sister Maureen and Brother Eamonn and is survived by his Sister Imelda a member of the Presentation Sisters.

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