28th Jul 2013

Canon James Loughran passed away in the early hours of Saturday (July 27th) morning. Along with Henry Thynne he was very instrumental in setting up Scoil Mhuire in the early 1980’s. He was born in Dublin in 1922 and following the completion of his Leaving Cert in O’Connell’s Schools in 1939 he entered Clonliffe College from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1946.
His first appointment was as a convent chaplain and his first parish was in Rathcoole. He then moved to St Audeon’s in High St and from there he arrived in St Mary’s parish, Lucan as curate in 1959. His next parish was Shankill, and then he returned to the Lucan area, when in 1978 he moved to the newly established parish of Esker. He was deeply committed to education and made a huge and valued contribution to our school when he served as chairperson of the Board of Management in it’s early years, along with chairing the boards of St Thomas’ and Scoil Áine. While a lot of the present school community may not have heard of him, we would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for people like him.
Removal to St Patrick’s, Esker at 5pm on Monday, July 29. Funeral mass at 10am on Tuesday, with burial in the church grounds afterwards.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.