I’ve never heard Georgie O’Callaghan refer to his cross-channel friend by anything but, Fr. Lupton.
Out of old fashioned respect – I suppose. But you can be sure it’s a respect that the Dean of Rossendale and Hyndburn has earned over the 40 years of their mutual friendship.
Forged a Link
People who know Georgie, know well that respect isn’t something he throws about too much.
The men have forged a link between soccer clubs between Castleisland and the parishes in the greater Manchester area in which Fr. Lupton has served since they met over four decades ago.
Dean David Lupton, who recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination, administers to his parishioners at St. James the Less in Rawtenstall, was taken to meet British PM Tony Blair by friends when his 40th ordination anniversary was being celebrated in 2007.
On this Sunday morning, May 28th. at the Church of Saints Stephen and John in Castleisland, Dean David Lupton and Monsignor Dan O’Riordan will co-celebrate 11:30am mass to mark the association between the two parishes and Dean Lupton’s personal milestone.
It wasn’t today or yesterday that Dean Lupton and Georgie’s Anglo-Irish arrangement came to the attention of the public here or in Manchester.
Kerry County Council honoured their work in their respective areas and their cross-channel co-operation with a civic reception in 2008.
Georgie O’Callaghan’s trips to Manchester have been going on since 1974 and this autumn he and his team of players, parents and supporters will embark on the 44th such trip.
Happy Manchester Memories
There are many people in the Castleisland area with happy memories of trips to Manchester and most would be Manchester United supporters. They would share the sense of sympathy of all right thinking people at the loss of young life the city has suffered in this week’s attack.
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