Category Archive: Decade 1

Ursula Sharpe (1979)

I have the unique experience of being the only lay person to study for the Development Studies Diploma 1978/79, I wonder was I the first lay person to do this course in Kimmage? I had been working with Concern in Bangladesh for some years and there were very few nuns or priests to be seen …

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William Anunda (1980)

Let me begin by saying that since studying at Kimmage (1979/1980) I have happily participated in key sectors of local, national and international development engagements… And, recently, I was presented a “Distinguished Alumni Award in Recognition of Achievements in the Field of Development Practice. Kimmage built me in many ways; Kimmage made me gain education …

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John Skinnader (1982)

My name is John Skinnader – a Spiritan missionary for over 30 years now. I attended KDC in 1981-82. Having already spent 2 years on the missions in Sierra Leone before the KDC course – I appreciated very much the insights that I got from the development course in Kimmage. I suppose the greatest awareness …

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Joe Murray (1982)

Like many former students I’m sure, I have nothing but positive memories of my time with Kimmage Development Studies Centre. My first contact with KDSC was with then Director Dick Quinn. I went to meet Dick cautiously, not knowing what to expect, but came away convinced that this was a course of studies I had …

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Edward Flynn (1977)

As one of the oldest participants on a Kimmage Development course, I convinced myself that I had something of value to share.   Wisdom comes with age and ‘all that stuff’, as our elders back then reminded us. That is if you believe in Wisdom, as I do. There is a paradox wrapped up in all of …

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Chris Poppelwell (1982)

I attended the Development Studies course at Kimmage Manor in 1981 – 82. I had been a few years on mission teaching in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, and needed some theoretical basis for mission. Prior to that, I had been teaching in Secondary schools in New Zealand, and didn’t have any …

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Brian Starken (1974)

It is hard to believe that it is already 40 years since the Development Course, as it was then called, began in Kimmage. It was first introduced as an alternative to the old Fourth Year Theology Course that newly ordained Holy Ghost Missionaries followed for many years. I was ordained in 1974 and so our …

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Jacinta Goveas (1981)

I write as one of the ‘older’ alumni, having been at Kimmage in 1980/81. We were the first group who were able to do the NCEA exams. It was a really exciting time in my life. While I know that there are the usual big city challenges in Dublin, they were nothing compared to Karachi …

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