A Time in History (April 1-7)

April 2

FR. AODH O’HALPIN, born in Dundalk on 31 January 1934, grew up in Letterkenny. He came to Dalgan in 1952 and was ordained on 21 December 1958. Appointed to the Philippines, he ministered for nineteen years in Mindanao, in Ozamiz City, Oroquieta and Tukuran. In the early 1980s he moved to London where he, together with Sr Margaret Healy, established the Commission for Filipino Migrant Workers. They spent the next forty years with the undocumented workers, not only Filipinos but members of other minority groups who needed housing, just working conditions and protection from unjust employers. Aodh was eminently approachable, charming, fearless, and unconventional. He retired to the Dalgan retirement home where he died on 2 April 2022. He is buried in Dalgan.