The death took place in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, on
September 6th, of the
Reverend James Fogarty. He was 84 years of age.
Born at Longfordwood, Clonakenny, in 1929, he was educated at Longfordwood NS and Templemore CBS before studying for the priesthood at St. Johns, Waterford, where was ordained in 1954. He served in parishes in Salt Lake City USA,from 1954 to 1972, when he went on Latin American mission project to Mexico. He was well known in literary circles in Mexico for his work as historian and researcher. He was an authority on Irish in Latin America, writing many articles on topics such as the Celtic Diaspora, the San Patricio Battalion, and early Irish settlements in Argentina. His work was published in History Ireland, Journal for Irish Latin American Studies,and Voices of Mexico.
Reverend Fogarty was a staff member at The National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS) in Mexico City for fifteen years and was a retired member of the Salt Lake City diocesan clergy. He was an activist for social justice, and worked as a volunteer teacher in the poorer barrios of Mexico City where he was much loved. His observations on the failure of neo liberalism in Latin America formed the basis of several articles and were major contributions to regional studies. He observed: “The liberation movements throughout Latin America evoked a unique and generous response in Ireland during the latter half of the last century. No other European country experienced the same enthusiastic response to the Latin American phenomenon.” A collection of these can be found in his book, Liberalism and Development: A Latin American perspective (1998). The funeral was in Mexico. His nephew, Fr. Pat Fogarty. was celebrant of Months Mind Mass with Fr.Noel Kennedy, in Clonakenny Church on Friday evening. May he rest in peace.