1. Brian Garvey

  2. Seamus McShane

  3. Fr James (Seamus) Browne MAfr

  4. Bud Greene

  5. Monica West

  6. Carlos A Medina

  7. Andrew Rampling

Brian Garvey

1933 - 2014

(source: Robbie Dempsey)

Brian was a White Father at the Priory in the 1960's. He was quite a remarkable inspiration to many of us in those days. I am struck by the huge influence he must have had on us - even apart from coaching rugby and cricket - he was the choirmaster, and also introduced a lot of classical music to our uninterested ears what with the Beatles and Rolling Stones going wild at the time. Then he must have put hours and hours into the annual play - The Lark, and Twelfth Night. I recall he ran weekly meetings for a Drama club and we read through the script of 'Harvey' by Mary Chase (which I thought was 'nuts' at the time, but greatly amused Brian).

(Source: TonySmyth)

The Priory First X1 1964/65

Back Row L - R :
Sean Hughes (RIP), George Jason, Pat McHale, John Mills, Owen Gormley, Phil Mason
Front Row L - R : Fr. Brian Garvey, Pat Gritton, Paul Fletcher, Charlie Savage, Vince Brosnan


Brian Garvey, MA PhD
Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 8 February 2014, of Dr Brian Garvey, former Lecturer in the Overseas Education Unit within the School of Education.

Born in London, in 1933, Brian attended a Catholic Grammar School before attending theological college in both the UK and the Netherlands. He returned to the UK in order to read History at Oxford, gaining an MA in 1961, followed by a PGCE in 1962.

Brian spent the majority of the next decade teaching history at secondary school level, during which time his interest grew in the administration of education and in education in developing countries. He obtained a PhD in African History from the University of London? Institute of Education in 1972, and in February 1973 travelled to Zambia to take up a five year post as Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean in the University of Zambia? School of Education.

This was to prove a turning point in Brian? career. On his return to the UK he worked initially as a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Oxford Management Centre, and as a Lecturer in Education Administration at the Institute of Education, before moving to Leeds to take up the post of Lecturer in the Overseas Education Unit of the School of Education, in 1979. During his eighteen years at Leeds Brian was able to develop his specialisms in management and decision-making in education; rural education; education administration; and, above all, the development and administration of education in developing countries. His subject entailed a great deal of travel. He undertook many visits to Africa over the years (including Zambia, Uganda and Gambia) both to study and observe educational provision and frameworks, and to provide consultancy and expertise, either in an academic capacity or working as a consultant with organisations such as the World Bank and UNESCO.

This expertise informed his PhD supervision of Leeds students from across the world, and his lecturing. His lectures were always popular amongst students for their clarity and incisiveness, and he was a dedicated teacher, always willing to go the extra mile to provide advice and support. His work was meticulously planned and carefully focused. He set, and achieved, high standards for himself and for his students ?never satisfied with a superficial answer in his own work, he would always encourage his students to dig deeper, to cultivate an eye for the finer detail, and to get to the heart of each problem that they tackled in their work. Brian was a conscientious and hard working member of the academic team, earning a well deserved reputation nationally and internationally for the quality of his scholarship and his contribution to the development of his subject area, including his executive editorship of the International Journal of Educational Development (from 1989 to retirement) and his close involvement in organising academic conferences on international educational development and with the International Standing Committee of the Universities?Council for the Education of Teachers.

Brian retired from University service in 1997, leaving behind a School much strengthened and diversified. He will be remembered with warmth and great respect by colleagues and students alike. The funeral service was held on 17th February, on which day the flag on the Parkinson Building was flown at half-mast in Dr Garvey? memory.

John Brighouse

Dear Paul,

I have been a regular consumer of the website and have enjoyed the generous reminiscences and photographs which its many contributors have made. To date, my engagement has not gone beyond this, but learning of Brian Garvey's death prompts me to a more active involvement.

Brian Garvey taught me at The Priory in 1965-66. Even to a lowly third former, it was clear that he possessed a powerful intellect. His lessons were always well prepared and he always approached his subjects in impressive depth.

He seemed to relish any opportunity to be involved, especially on the sports-field. He produced "The Lark" while I was at The Priory, applying his enormous energy to ensure its success. (see photos that John sent with this: GALLERY Page 419)

I never achieved more than a "Satisfactory" in his comments on my reports, but I am sure the example he set encouraged both my academic and sporting efforts long thereafter.

May he rest in peace.

(source: Robbie Dempsey)

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Seamus McShane

Dates ?

(Blacklion 1966-68, Broome Hall 68-69, Ottawa 69-73

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Fr James (Seamus) Browne MAfr

1935 - 2014

Fr Browne died on March 17, 2014, at Lir Nursing Home, Tournafulla, Newmarket,
Ireland, at the age of 78 years ?of which 53 were spent in missionary life in Ghana,
Uganda and Ireland.

Rest in Peace, Fr. Jim: dear brother of Dave, Jer, Jack, Joe, Moss, Billy, Mary and
the late Eugene, Kathleen and Rita. Deeply regretted by his loving brothers, sister,
brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunt Mary Ann, nephews, nieces, his White Father's
Community, Bishop and  Priests of the Diocese of Kerry, relatives, neighbours and friends.

The following was taken from the White Fathers' international website
( :

Frans James, or Seamus as he was known in the Society, was born on the 26th May 1935 in Rockchapel, Ireland. After his primary education in Ireland, he went to the junior seminaries of the Society at St. Boswells in Scotland and at the Priory in England. He studied Philosophy in Broome Hall near Dorking in England and Blacklion in Ireland. He took the hab
it in the novitiate of ?-Herrenberg on the 7th September 1956. Theological studies followed in Totteridge, London. He took his Missionary Oath there on the 13th July 1960. He was ordained priest in Blacklion on the 1st February 1961.
In his letter to the Superior General, in April 1960, concerning his first appointment to the missions, he said, ? leave everything entirely in your hands.?His professors did not consider that he had an aptitude for higher studies but that he was very practical, a pleasant person, open and sociable and an asset in any community.?In the end, his first appointment was to Blacklion in Ireland for Promotion work but he eventually arrived in Ghana in September 1962. He was appointed curate in Bolgatanga in the Diocese of Navrongo, followed by an appointment as Diocesan Bursar of Navrongo in 1966. He returned to Ireland for Promotion work the following year, and moved with the office to Longford when Blacklion was sold in 1972.
Seamus returned to Ghana in September 1972, again as curate in Bolgatanga. He became Superior in 1974. He was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese in 1975. He spent a year studying in the Jesuit University of Berkeley, California, from May 1980 and was back in Bolgatanga as Superior in April 1981. In 1984, he was appointed as Parish Priest of Bongo. One of his superiors wrote about Seamus: ?e is still active, full of zest and energy. His priority lies in the construction field. He gets things done, he has an immense crowd of benefactors and friends from all over who help him a great deal.?He learnt Gurune, the local language very well. He was close to the people and did a lot to promote vocations and education.
In May 1989, Seamus returned to Ireland to take up the post of Vocation Director. He was elected to the Provincial Council that same year. There was a brief return to Ghana in 1991 for the ordination of Fr. Dominic Apee and he preached at the thanksgiving Mass. Long standing tensions in the Diocese resulted in Seamus speaking out and taking sides, something that was not appreciated by some people. He was very hurt when it was made clear to him that he would not be welcome back in the Diocese or in Ghana. He returned to Ireland and, while waiting for a new appointment, worked in a Parish in the Diocese of Lancaster, England.

The General Council of the Society proposed him an appointment to Uganda. He did a language course in Lourdel House before taking up the post of Regional Treasurer on the 29th December 1993. Shortly afterwards, he was made Superior of Lourdel House in Kampala. He had inherited a difficult financial and administrative situation. The work was difficult at times. In 1996, he did a renewal course in Marienella in Dublin and at the end of it, he acknowledged that a return to Africa was not possible. He said that he was 62, not in great health and doubted that he could learn another language. He had talked with a local priest in Kerry who suggested that he could work in the Diocese.
The Missionaries of Africa signed an agreement with the Diocese of Kerry and Seamus took up residence in Firies on the 1st October 1997 as Acting Parish Priest. A year later, he moved to Rathmore Parish and given charge of an outstation called Gneeveguilla. He was to spend the rest of his active life there. He still had a great deal of enthusiasm for pastoral work and he got on well with the people. He was always ready to receive visitors from Ghana. He had a couple of bouts of ill health and these began to get quite serious in 2010-2011. He soldiered on and was very well looked after, especially by the sacristan and his part time housekeeper. However, a time did come when he had to accept that he could no longer look after himself and in September 2012, he moved into a local nursing home in Newmarket, which was near his devoted family and the local community. He died there on St. Patrick? Day 2014.
Seamus had a great reputation for hospitality. Bolgatanga is the Regional Capital of the Upper East Region of Ghana. A report of the time stated: ?any confreres call at Bolga daily for a cup of tea or a meal. There are also many visitors. It happens many times that there are 12-15 people at table?I know he considers it a part of his apostolate to be of help to his confreres?He was renowned for his prowess as a builder and he built many social centres, Churches, catechist? houses, plants for grinding mills and a hostel for seminarians. He received a certificate of merit from the Ghana Government.
Fr. Samuel Attinga from the Diocese of Navrongo/Bolgatanga knew Fr. Browne well. He wrote in the Irish newsletter of May 2014, ?uman as he was, Fr. Browne was fallible, yet he was fundamentally a good man, a generous man who kept nothing for himself, a great missionary whose heart was in the missions till his death. He will be sorely missed but forever remembered. May he rest in peace?br> Seamus was buried in his home parish of Rockchapel on the 21st March 2014. The new Bishop of Kerry and several local clergy as well as a number of confreres who came from Dublin attended the funeral Mass. He is buried in the local cemetery.
In May 2014, there was a celebration of the life of Fr.Browne in Bolgatanga, which was attended by Fr. Dominic Apee, the Provincial of Ghana-Nigeria. The celebrations were spread over three days; a chorus night on the 22nd May, a Vigil Mass on the 23rd presided over by the Bishop of Navrongo/ Bolgatanga, Most Rev. Alfred Agyenta, and a closing Mass on the 24th May in the Cathedral of Bolgatanga concelebrated by many confreres and priests from all the deaneries. After Mass, there was traditional ?ar?dancing in honour of Fr. Browne, which was a sign of the high esteem in which the local people held him. A statue was also erected in his memory.

John Morton
(taken from the Message Board April 16th 2014):

I was greatly saddened to hear of Father Seamus death. I was a contemporary of his starting at St, Columba's in September 1949 and going onto the Priory.

Seamus was quite a character, full of fun and with an engaging sense of humour!

There were quite a number students of that year which produced several priests and an Archbishop. Gerard Wynne, Patrick Martin, Fiacre Fahy, Eugene MacBride and Michael Fitzgerald. There was also a very late call to the Priesthood from that year
Tony Guilfoyle was ordained at age 73 as a diocesan priest!!

I send my condolences to family and friends of Seamus at this sad time. He was a great Missionary Priest!! May he rest in Peace.



Spiritual Year:


Taking the Oath:

Galleydown, early 1950s (L-R) :

Seamus Browne, Ray Donoghue and John Phillips

BROWNE James from Rockchapel, Co.Cork
12 years of Vocational training:

St Columba's 1949-1950
The Priory 1950-1954
Broome Hall 1954-55
Blacklion 1955-56
s'Heerenberg 1956-57 HB58
Totteridge 1958-61
Ordination: 1961

This is a photo of Seamus outside the old chapel in St. Augustine's, Blacklion, ready for his first mass. (Behind his left shoulder is Eric Creaney, who contributed this photo.

27/08/1961 Blacklion Ireland
15/09/1962 Curate: Bolgatanga, D.Navrong Ghana
01/01/1966 Bursar: DiocŽsain Navrongo Ghana
01/05/1967 Propagandist: Blacklion Ireland
01/09/1969 Superior: Blacklion
01/10/1969 Conseiller Provinc.
30/06/1972 Inscrit ˆ Longford
01/09/1972 Vicaire Bolgatanga, D.Navrong Ghana
01/01/1974 SupŽrieur Bolgatanga Ghana
01/01/1975 Sup.+Vic.GŽnŽral Bolgatanga Ghana
29/05/1980 AnnŽe sabbatique Berkeley U.S.A.
27/04/1981 SupŽrieur Bolgatanga Ghana
01/10/1984 Parish Priest Bongo, D.Navrongo Ghana
17/05/1989 Vocational Anim. Longford, Ireland
28/08/1989 Prov.Councillor
01/09/1989 Moves to Dublin, Ireland
01/09/1992 Ghana
27/10/1993 Language curs. Lourdel House Uganda
29/12/1993 Regional Treasurer
23/03/1994 Superior Lourdel House Uganda
02/07/1996 CongŽ+Sabbatical
01/10/1997 Acting Parish Priest ..Firies, D.Kerry Ireland
01/08/1998 Pastoral work H.C.: ..Gneeveguilla,Rathm Ireland
01/09/2012 Residence H.C. ..Newmarket Ireland
17-03-2014 : Return to the Lord in Newmarket, Ireland

Rest in Peace

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Bud Greene


(source: John Byrne)

August 2007

(L-R): Joe McIntyre, Bud Greene and John Byrne

12th April 2014

MESSAGE from Patricia Hawkins de Medina:

I just heard that Bud Greene passed way this morning. May she rest in peace. She will be fondly remembered by many who were seminarians in Blacklion. You may want to put this up on the message board. This is the death notice: Bridget Greene, known as Bud Greene, Main Street, Blacklion, County Cavan, peacefully at Arus Breffni Nursing Home, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. Reposing at Arus Breffni on Saturday evening from 6pm with removal at 7.45pm to arrive at St. Patrick? Church, Blacklion, for 8.30pm. Mass of the Resurrection on Monday at 11am with burial in Killinagh Cemetery. House private please.


Bud's nephew, John Greene (currently a serving member of the Irish Prison Service at 'Loughan House' in Blacklion [formerly St. Augustine's College]) kindly supplied us with this copy of Bud's memorial card.  Thank you, John.

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Monica Iles

1936 - 2012

former parishoner at Heston,
(sister of Paul West)

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Carlos de Medina

1939 - 2013

The much-loved husband of Patricia Hawkins de Medina

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Andrew Rampling

1937 - 2014

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