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Fr Kennedy Holycross Slides

This collection is a selection of the huge collection of slides and photographs taken by Fr. Tom Kennedy of Holycross over many years.

The photographs mainly date to the 1960s and 1970s and were donated to Tipperary Studies in 2021 by St. Patrick’s
College, Thurles. The digitised images are available on

The collection is best accessed through the ‘Collection tree’ tab

Fr Kennedy (1926 – 1994) was a native of Ballyheen, Templemore and after ordination spent his working life in Alabama, U.S.A. until he was forced to retire due to ill health around 1970. He settled in Holycross village and took a keen interest in the restoration of the Abbey and in village life which
he documented through his slides and photographs. His photographs of visits home in the 1960s show rural Ireland at a turning point with horses and donkeys still very much in use. His interest in monastic ruins, sport and rural life is evident from his pictures. Known as a convivial man despite his
poor health with a keen sense of humour, his pictures also feature friends, family and of course, Rex the dog, his faithful companion (and gatekeeper) in Holycross.
We would welcome any information on people or places in the images.

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