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Lord Mayor of Cork confers Freedom of the City on Sister Eucharia Buckley and Dean Denis O'Connor

 The Freedom of the City of Cork was conferred on Sister Eucharia Buckley and Dean Denis O’Connor on Friday, 22nd May 2009 at a special meeting of Cork City Council at City Hall, Cork.

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L to R: John O'Donovan, Coporate Affairs, Cork City Council, Dean Denis O’Connor, Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham, Sister Eucharia Buckley and Paul Moynihan, Corporate Affairs, Cork City Council at the presentation of the Freedom of the City caskets.

The decision to confer this honour was made at a meeting of Cork City Council on 9th March 2009, on the proposal of the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brian Bermingham and approved unanimously by the Members That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Dean Denis O’Connor and Sister Eucharia Buckley in recognition of their immense contribution to the advancement of religious values and the spiritual and religious well-being of the people of Cork.  For their selfless dedication to the service of others, and in broader acknowledgement of the role played by religious orders in the development of our society. For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of the City of Cork consider them worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens.”

In his speech the Lord Mayor said “Today’s recipients have individually and collectively impacted on the consciousness of a city and its inhabitants through their simple faith, devotion and unwavering support of the spirituality and education of generations of Corkonians.”  He continued “These people are the bedrock of the city in which we live and it is my extraordinary privilege on behalf of the people of Cork to acknowledge their contribution and to express your heartfelt thanks for what they have given and continue to give to their native city.”

Additional information:

Roll of the Honorary Burgess of the City of Cork

The Historic custom of awarding the "Freedom of the City", whereby persons distinguished for public service become Honorary Burgesses of a City, dates from the 14th Century. Of those thus honoured may be mentioned Dean Swift and Captain Richard Roberts, who navigated the "Sirius", the first steamship to cross the Atlantic from Cobh to New York in 1838.

American President John F. Kennedy, are also to be found on the Roll.

Others on whom the Freedom of the City was conferred include:

Charles S. Parnell

William E. Gladstone

Douglas Hyde

Dr. Woodrow Wilson

Sean T. O’ Kelly

Jack Lynch

Most Rev. Dr. Cornelius Lucey

Maureen Curtis Black

Con Murphy

Br. Jerome Kelly

John Bermingham

Senator George Mitchell

John Hume

Roy Keane & Sonia O’Sullivan

Michael Flatley

Albert Reynolds & Sir John Major

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L to R: Deputy City Manager, Dan Buggy, Dean Denis O’Connor, Lord Mayor Cllr. Brian Bermingham, Sister Eucharia Buckley, Lady Mayoress Elma Bermingham and Clare O'Callaghan (Sister Eucharia's niece)

Sister Eucharia Buckley   

Born in Waterfall, Cork in 1919, Sister Eucharia Buckley waseducated in Ballinora National School before completing her PostPrimary education in the Presentation Convent, Crosshaven,County Cork. She entered North Presentation Convent, Gerald Griffin Street, Cork in 1938 and was professed in 1942.She attended Carysfort  Teacher Training College, Dublin from1942 - 1944.Her teaching career was spent in the North Presentation Convent, save for 10 years spent teaching boys in Farranree. Even in retirement in1984, Sister Eucharia went back toScoil Iosagáin working on a voluntary  basis.  True to her modest nature, SisterEucharia, when informed of the City’s intention to honour her dedicated the honour to the person  who inspired her and others to join a Religious Order - Nano Nagle." As a fitting remembrance of her work for the education and care of those less privileged, I dedicate this award to her, and to all Presentation Sisters throughout the world. I pray that her spirit may inspire and animate the ongoing work of the Presentation congregation everywhere."

 Father Denis O’Connor

Born in Dromore, near Bantry, he waseducated at Farranferris, where he became a fluent Irish speaker. He was ordained in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, on June 20, 1948, and celebrated his first Mass the next day. Father Denis O’Connor was first appointed to Youghal, before he was appointed as chaplain to the Reparation Convent in 1954. He served as curate in the South Parish, Carrigfada near Rosscarbery, and in Kinsale. In 1970, he was appointed to the new parish of Togher, where he oversaw the building of the new church and parish residences. In 1977, he was appointed to one of the most important posts in Cork City — that of Administrator of the North Cathedral. He gained a reputation as one of the most compassionate men ever to serve the parish. Four years later, Father Denis was to serve in Farranree before moving on to Dennehy’s Cross in 1984. In 1988, the late Bishop John Murphy appointed Father Denis a Dean of the Dioceses of Cork and Ross. In 1998, he retired as Parish Priest of Ballineaspaig. Father Denis O’Connor’s long service to the people of Cork has touched the lives of thousands of its citizens and contributed to the development of the city.




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