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Fr Paul Hampson, DCU Chaplain

Fr. Paul Hampson

Prior to his ordination by the Dublin Archdiocese in 1987, Paul worked in catering and hospitality – and hospitality remains at the heart of his work in DCU.

He has worked as a teacher and a priest at schools in Dún Laoghaire, Castledermot and Tallaght. He worked as a curate in the parish of Saints Mary & Peter in Arklow and his last appointment before joining DCU Chaplaincy was as parish priest in Lusk, County Dublin. He enjoys cooking, cinema and travel and has worked as far afield as Prince George, British Columbia, in Canada.

In addition to his direct work for DCU Chaplaincy, Paul is chaplain to St Patrick’s National School, Drumcondra, and guides the students through the sacraments of Confession, Communion and Confirmation.

Fr Séamus McEntee, DCU Chaplain

Fr. Séamus McEntee

Séamus has a long history in chaplaincy and missionary work. He has been Roman Catholic chaplain at Mountjoy prison in Dublin, at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire and at the Veterans Hospital and Terence Cardinal Cooke Hospital in New York. He has also worked as a primary school chaplain in Clondalkin and Kilbride.

He has spent many years ministering with the poor in Mexico, Italy and India – including six years with the Missionaries of Charity Fathers in Calcutta. He studied theology at the Angelicum in Rome and at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, gaining a Bachelor in Divinity and a higher diploma in Pastoral Theology. He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin in 2014 and has ministered in the Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin since then.

Séamus has a background in sales and marketing and enjoys travelling, hill-walking, music and cinema and working in his greenhouse. He speaks Spanish and Italian.

Anne O'Farrell, DCU Chaplain

Anne O'Farrell

Anne has served as a chaplain in St Patrick’s College (now DCU St Patrick’s) since 2008 and lectures in Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Feminist Theology and Religion & Social Justice. Anne has a BA in Humanities and an MA in Pastoral Leadership from DCU St Patrick’s and DCU All Hallows respectively. She lives in Santry with her husband, her daughter, and a 90lb golden-doodle called Hannibal (a name that was meant to be ironic).

Eric Hughes, DCU Chaplain

Eric Hughes

Eric works out of the Inter Faith Centre on the Glasnevin campus, and has a background in youth work. He served as Scripture Union Ireland’s Youth and Schools Manager for five years, and as a youth pastor in South Dublin. In 2020 he was appointed as a university chaplain by the Church of Ireland and has been with DCU ever since. Eric lives in North County Dublin with his wife Kate and daughter Olivia. He enjoys good coffee, good chats, and great burritos. His passions include music, the MCU, and pro wrestling (don’t ask).