Sir Patrick receives ‘Catholic knighthood’


Former MP and Labour Minister Sir Patrick Duffy, who now spends much of his time in Roscommon, was recently invested as Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great at a special ceremony in Doncaster.

  Sir Patrick, who is 96 years of age, lives in the UK but also has a residence in Roscommon.

  This is the latest in a long line of accomplishments for the Doncaster native. Born in 1920, the son a coal miner, he went on to serve the British Army in World War Two before embarking on a political career which included a spell as Navy Minister and President of the NATO Assembly.

  Sir Patrick was invited to The Vatican by Pope John Paul II for a private one-on-one meeting in October 1989.

  Before he retired from parliament in 1993, Sir Patrick received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace in July 1991 for services to the Western Alliance.