Very Rev. Florence McCarthy PP
Parish Of Birth
Clonakilty / Darrara
St. Patrick's College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick's College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Aughadown PP : 08/1926 - 13/10/1963
Skibbereen Adm : 09/1918 - 08/1926
Skibbereen CC : 07/1914 - 09/1918
Manager, Fishery School, Baltimore : 12/1905 - 07/1914
Kilmeen CC : 1905 - 12/1905
Ministry Abroad/Glasgow : 1897 - 1905
"..... Ever since the dreadful news became known that Fr. Florence had been recalled home to Ireland, St Andrew's (Cathedral Parish, Glasgow) has been in mourning and a cloud of sorrow has hung over the parish which nothing can dispel. No servant of God has ever -for his time - twined himself around the hearts of the people more than Fr. Florence has done. He had the rare gift of entering into all the joys and sorrows of others, and consequently was a favourite wherever he went......" Glasgow Observer, 16/9/1905.
Fr. McCarthy's period in Skibbereen included the most anxious years in our country's history - the struggle for Independence and the fight against the Black-and-Tans. The townspeople more than once had reason to be grateful for his fearless intervention in those times, particularly on the occasion when it seemed inevitable that the Town Hall would suffer the same fate which overtook so much of the business portion of Cork City.
Fr McCarthy's connection with vocational education will also stand out. His interest in it blossomed during his term as manager of the Baltimore Fishery School, and he expanded the scope of that institution by introducing boat-building and navigational courses. His work as a member of the Cork Co. Vocational Educational Committee was recognised in his election to the office of chairman, a position he occupied up to September 1961.
When he was appointed Parish Priest of Aughadown he set about improving the housing conditions of the people of his parish. One of the the most noteworthy was a scheme which provided 40 houses on Hare Island. For this project, W.T. Cosgrave - First President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State (1922-1932), and a close friend of Fr. McCarthy's, succeeded in obtaining a special grant from the Government of the day.
He was an uncle of the brothers; Very Rev. Flor. O'Flynn, P.E., and Very Rev. Dan O'Flynn, P.P., Carrigaline (1981-1990).
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
Parochial House, Aughadown, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Place Of Burial
Church of the Most Holy Rosary Grounds, Kilcoe, Skibbereen, Co. Cork