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Attribution to Fr. Hugh Fenning

Fr. Hugh Fenning OP passed away on Wednesday the 25th of July 2018. Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB kindly sent the following message to the province which we share to recognistion the attribution of all the work Fr Hugh has done over the years.

Dear Father Provincial and Dominican Brethren
I’have just now learned of Dr Hugh Fenning’s death. As I am unable to get to the funeral I wanted to let you know, as his confreres, that I am praying for him and that he was remembered at the Conventual Mass in Glenstal today. He was a larger than life character and one who was enormously supportive of my research for The Friaris in Ireland 1224-1540. I greatly valued his combination of erudition, criticism, kindness and occasionally acerbic wit. He made many contributions to the history of Irish Catholicism and of the Order of Preachers. I think particularly of his edition of Benedict O’Sullivan’s Medieval Irish Dominican Studies for which he painstakingly tracked down every source and reference that O’Sullivan used but never cited. This was very much labour of love for him and along with his own publications will long be the standard reference works for Irish Dominican history.
Dr Bernadette Williams has also asked me to convey her sympathies to you. She too corresponded with Fr Hugh in preparing her edition of the chronicle of the 14th-century Dublin Dominican, Friar John Pembridge.
Like you I feel his loss keenly and pray that he now joins the chorus of those who he researched so diligently in singing the Salve Regina and O Lumen Ecclesiae at the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb.
In Dno
Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB

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