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Fr. Harry Bohan
Fr. Harry Bohan, Chairman of the Céifin Centre, qualified as Sociologist in the University of Wales and is currently Director of Pastoral Planning in Diocese of Killaloe and Parish Priest in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare. Believing in family and community as the two vital systems in fostering human relationships he founded the Rural Resource Organisation. This organisation was responsible for encouraging communities across Ireland to participate in determining their own future and resulted in the building of 2,500 houses in 120 villages, in 13 counties.
In 1998 he founded the Céifin Centre for Values-Led Change to carry on the conversation on the direction Ireland is taking. The purpose of Céifin is to reflect, debate and direct values-led change in Irish society. He was appointed to the Task Force on Active Citizenship by an Taoiseach in 2006.
Recognised as one of the leading social commentators in Ireland today Fr Bohan has written extensively on the subjects of christianity, spirituality and economic development, the importance of the local responding to the global and on understanding change. His books published include “ Roots in a changing Society ” and “ Community and the Soul of Ireland ” and he is editor and contributor to all 10 previous books of published papers from Céifin Conferences. He has broadcast widely on national radio and television.
Fr Harry is also well known for his involvement in sport and Clare Hurling in particular.