Denis Faul

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The Right Rev. Monsignor Denis O'Beirne Faul (14 August, 1932 – 21 June, 2006), was an Irish Roman Catholic priest and civil rights campaigner best known for his role in the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike. At his death, he held the senior rank of Monsignor within the Catholic Church.

Born on 14 August 1932 in the village of Louth, County Louth, in the north of the Province of Leinster, he was the son of Joseph and Anne Frances Faul. He was educated at St Patrick's College, Armagh, and thereafter studied for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, where he was ordained in 1956. After a year studying Theology in Rome, he joined the staff of St Patrick's Boys' Academy in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, to teach Latin and religion. He was appointed principal in 1983.

Civil rights movement

Mgr Faul (being known simply as the Rev. Fr. Faul at the time) became actively involved in the Northern Ireland civil rights movement in 1968, participating in marches. He protested vigorously against civil rights abuses by the British army D.Streatfeild, Source Material: Brainwash: The Secret Story of Mind Control - Interview with Monsignor Denis Faul, 9th Nov 2004. ISBN: 0340831618 and Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). He railed against killings perpetrated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).

He also campaigned for the release of the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four and Maguire Seven before their causes became well-known and...
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