The Faith Community of St Michael’s Parish, Inchicore, is deeply saddened to announce the death of our beloved Parish Priest, Fr Louis McDermott OMI.
Fr Louis came to St Michael’s on January 5th 2011 and has remained with us ever since – only taking a step back when his health deteriorated in recent years.
A native of Garristown, North County Dublin, Louis was a great man of the people with a quick witty sense of humour. Even in the middle of recent suffering he found time to smile and have fun. His mind remained razor sharp and interested in all that was happening in the community to the very end.
Louis had a strong commitment to the Oblate mission for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. He spent time in the parishes of Darndale, Liverpool and Southampton helping empower people and building local communities. He was a man who believed strongly in collaboration and synodality in all he did. Here at St Michael’s, he encouraged lay participation at all levels of Parish life and helped build strong leadership teams. He encouraged the employment of a female pastoral worker for gender balance and fairness.
Louis actively participated in local organisations such as the Kavanagh House, Inchicore Regeneration Forum and Our Lady of Lourdes local national school.
A keen and skilled sportsman, Louis had played with Dublin Minors before joining the Oblate Fathers in 1969. In his later years, he went on to enjoy Golf (with an excellent handicap). He was interested in sports of all kinds and had a strong allegiance to the Dubs, St Patricks Athletic, Liverpool FC and Leinster. He also greatly enjoyed horse racing.
Fr Louis was beloved of many people near and far and he will be grievously missed by the whole St Michael’s community. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his beloved family, relatives, friends, and the Oblate Community.
Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann! Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam uasal.
Pádraigín Clancy, Pastoral Associate, on behalf of St Michael’s Parish.
Funeral arrangements information on the link below: