Monsignor Dermot Farrell

22 November 1954     Born, Castletown-Geoghegan Parish, Co Westmeath.  Baptised Dermot Pius a few days later in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.


1959 – 1967                 Primary Schools in Castletown-Geoghegan and Streamstown.


1967 – 1972                 Post-Primary Education at Saint Finian’s College (Diocesan Boarding School), Mullingar.


1972 – 1976                 Bachelor of Science Degree at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.


1976 – 1979                 Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Maynooth.


1979 – 1981                 Licence in Theology Degree at Maynooth.


7 June 1980                 Ordained priest for Diocese of Meath.


1981 – 1985                 Curate, Cathedral Parish, Mullingar.


1985 – 1988                 Doctorate Studies at Gregorian University, Rome.  

                                     Title of thesis: The Dogmatic Foundations of Bernard Haring’s Thought on Christian Morality – Director: Dr Philip Rosato S.I.


1987                            Director of Formation in Irish College, Rome.


1989 – 1990                 Curate in Tullamore Parish and lecturer in Moral Theology at Maynooth.


1990                            Appointed Executive Assistant to the President in Maynooth, continuing to lecture in Moral Theology.


1993                            Appointed Vice-President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.


1996 – 2007                 President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.


6 June 1997                 Honorary Prelate of His Holiness.


2007 – presently          Parish Priest of Dunboyne.


2009                            Vicar General to the Diocese of Meath.


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