Monsignor Maurice Dooley (75) this week announced his retirement as parish priest of the North Tipperary of Loughmore-Castleliney.
A native of Thurles he was ordained to the priesthood in 1959 and shortly after his ordination, he taught in Kiltegan for a number of years before taking up a teaching post at the former seminary at Saint Patrick’s College in Thurles where he taught from 1964 to 1992.While in Saint Patricks he took leave of absence to study at the Latern University in Rome where he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law that he continued to teach at Saint Patricks until 1998 while serving as a parish priest.
Monsignor Dooley also served as on a number of leading Vatican committees and in this respect served as a representative to the Holy See from 1982 to 2005.
Coupled with this he also sat on various committees of the council of Europe dealing with Health, Law and Bioethics and served on The International Society of BioEthics based in Gijon in Spain.
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