Community petition to keep Wicklow priest in their parish

A community in Dublin’s East Wall have started a campaign to keep a beloved Co.Wicklow priest in their parish.

Fr Hugh Kavanagh of Knockananna, Co.Wicklow, had been the parish priest in East Wall for five years and had, according to many locals, “helped heal the community” following the revelation that a pedophile priest had been abusing children while based there nearly 30 years ago.

A petition launched just last week has already amassed 1,400 signatures and has been handed in to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

Fr Kavanagh has been praised for bringing “the community closer together” since he moved there five years ago, and has also been instrumental in organising peaceful protests against the criminal activities and blood feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs.

Fr Kavanagh is set to be moved to Neilstown parish in West Dublin to take up a position there.

 

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