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Very Rev. P. Dowling St. Joseph's. Chorley, has been bereaved, in pathetic circumstances, of its rector, the Very Rev. Patrick Dowling, V.F. While on holiday in his native country, at Mullingar, on Friday last, this widely-known priest was taken ill suddenly, and death ensued shortly afterwards. He was about sixty-five ,ears of age.

Fr. Dowling was born at Wooddown, Mullingar. Ile was educated by the Christian Brothers at Mullingar and went afterwards, to study for the priesthood, to the EngliSh College at Valladolid. After his ordination in 1898 he worked for a time as a curate at Blackbrook, St. Helens. Nearly tvgenty years ago he was appointed to Chorley, to St. Joseph's, a parish established in 1910. Since 1929 he had been head of the local Deanery.

Rev. E. Weldon, D.D., Ph.D.

The Rev, Ernest Weldon, D.D., Ph.D., of St. Edmund's College, Ware, died on the 10th inst. in hospital in London, following an operation. His death, at the early age of thirty, takes from us a priest of scholarly attainments who had already given promise, by his work, of what all hoped would be a noteworthy career of service to the Church.

Dr. Weldon was the on of Mr. Weldon, of Hanwell, W., Divisional Superintendent of the Western Division of the London Passenger Transport Board. As a small boy Ernest attended the elementary school at Hanwell. Afterwards he went to Kensington, where he gained a Roman Scholarship whereby he proceeded to Rome as a student of the Venerabile; there he remained eight years and took the Doctorate in Philosophy and in Divinity.

In 1935 Dr. Weldon returned to England and became Professor of Philosophy at St.

Edmund's College. To present day Edtnundians his untimely death is a great loss and a deep grief.

The Archbishop of Westminster assisted and gave the absolution at the requiem Mass last Tuesday morning in the church of Our Lady and St. Joseph at Hanwell. Representatives of St. Edmund's College, and other clergy from many parts of the archdiocese, made an impressively large attendance on the clerical side, and with the general eongregation the building was crowded to the doors. Young men who had been among Dr. Weldon's friends in his youth, before he went to Rome, assisted at the altar.

Alderman French (Cork)

All parties have paid tribute to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Alderman Sean French, who died last Sunday from pneumonia, at the age of forty-seven. Mr. French was one of the best-respected public men in Ireland. ln the years of conflict, he was a comrade of the ill-fated Lord Mayor Thomas Mac:Curtain, and of Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney, for whom he was deputy during those weeks when MacSwiney, on hunger-strike, was sinking to death in Brixton prison. He sat in the Dail for five years as a Fianna Fail Deputy.

Perhaps, the late Lord Mayor's greatest distinction was that he never lost the regard of tiny true men in latter years of division and feud. Year after year he was returned to the Mayoral chair, and always he presided there with dignity and equal courtesy to all.

Three years ago, Mr. French was received by the Pope, to whom he presented an address from the citizens of Cork. A fortnight ago hc made his last public appearance, when the Nuncio Apostolic visited the Cork Missionary Exhibition.

After solemn requiem Mass in the Cathedral at Cork, the funeral followed on a national scale. From Geneva, President de Valera telegraphed sympathy, and Mr. Cosgrave sent a similar message in deeply feeling terms. The interment took place in St. Finnbarr's Cemetery.

Mr. G. L. MacDonagh

The death occurred last Monday, at his residence near Dublin, of Mr. George L. MacDonagh, member of a family of brothers who between them have left their mark extensively in journalism both in Ireland and in England. George MacDonagh was brother to Mr. Michael MacDonagh, now retired from years of active service for The Times in the Press Gallery of the House of Commons, of which gallery he was elected chairman in 1924; to the late Frank MacDonagh, also a widely-known pressman in London; and to Thomas MacDonagh, likewise connected with the newspaper industry, who died only a few weeks ago. After an association with a number of other papers in Ireland, George MacDonagh served for twenty years as Chief Reporter to Independent Newspapers, Ltd., holding that post with distinction up till the time of hi a death.

Mr. R. T. C. Blake

Mr. Richard T. C. Blake, who died recently in Ireland, was a man prominent in that country as a sports journalist and critic, and many newspapers and organisations of sport were represented at the funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, It was chiefly due to Mr. Blake's efforts, when secretary, that the Gaelic Athletic Association rose to the position of prominence which it commands today.

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