Three deaths in two years

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Published on 22nd December 2010.

The late Fr Brian Ievers (left) with Fr Paul Byrne (mdo), when Paul visited Brian in Botshabelo, May 2009.The past two years have seen the deaths of three Irish Oblate missionaries in South Africa. Fr Brian Ievers (67) died suddenly in September ‘09 at his mission in Botshabelo Township, Free State. A natural leader, Brian was a tower of strength during the apartheid years, and a gifted priest and community leader who is greatly missed.

Fr Paddy McMahon (97) also died in September ‘09, not at his mission in Durban SA, but on holiday in Ireland. Only partly retired at 97, he was still heavily involved with the hospice for AIDS patients that he had cofounded 30 years earlier.

Fr Noel Coughlan (94) died at Nazareth House Nursing Home, Durban, in January 2009. Talented and creative, Noel was for many years producer/director of a highly acclaimed Passion Play that attracted huge crowds to Durban. He was also a close collaborator with Archbishop Denis Hurley OMI.


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