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Fr Jim Donleavy is fighting the closure of his 800 year old church in Drogheda

At almost 80 years old Fr Jim Donleavy OP is an integral part of Drogheda and an integral part of the Dominican Order in the town.

St Madgalen’s Dominican Church is Drogheda faces closures after almost 800 years in the town. Despite the efforts of the community to keep the church open for almost two years, a decision was reached in St. Mary’s Priory in Tallaght on a split vote for the church to close its doors. 

Our researcher Ciara Courtney spoke to parishioners who shared their stories on why the church and Fr Jim are so special to them: