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seamus heaney an advancement of learning
He was born Thomas Francis Gibney in Dublin in 1889. His early education was with the Christian Brothers and he was a regular Mass-server for the Jesuits in Gardiner Street. Eventually he was attracted to the Order of the Passionists, the self-styled “black-robed army of the Crucified”, badged with the characteristic wooden heart, the mission cross tucked into the sturdy belt. He joined the novitiate in Worcestershire in 1907 and, acknowledging perhaps the Gardiner Street influence, took the name Ignatius.
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I once heard my own father’s name read out in a local history lecture; it was a dramatic epiphany for me. I felt something similar now, reading of this Father Ignatius, suddenly aware that here was the man I was named for. I could now picture my own mother making her long journey to see this priest, and in gratitude, as the phrasing has it, for favours received, naming her first son after him.