Fr Enda McDonagh remains a powerful voice for theology at the fringe. At 90, he never ceases to generate original thought that is profound and quizzical.
Enda McDonagh’s 90th birthday at the end of June reminds me that his close friend Seán MacRéamoinn, in a classic flight of fancy, once suggested that every Irish citizen should be entitled to have an official funeral while they are still alive.
The person so memorialised, he added, could be ensconced in an ingle-nook with a clay pipe and a bottle of poitín, and could listen to a gathering of friends and acquaintances saying nice things about him.
It is in precisely the same spirit that Enda’s friends can gather around him at this time – albeit in an incorporeal manner, given current restrictions on social gatherings – to mark this significant anniversary.
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With thanks to The Irish Times.