Theodore Martin Hesburgh was more Irish than his last name might suggest.
The long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross priest for nearly 72 years always thought he resembled his mother—christened Anne Marie Murphy—more than his father, Theodore Bernard Hesburgh, whose family immigrated from Luxembourg.
A highlight of his final years—Father Hesburgh died Feb. 26, 2015—was St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. Taoiseach Enda Kenny came to the Notre Dame campus in northern Indiana to give Hesburgh an Irish passport, meaning the 94-year-old now possessed dual American and Irish citizenship.
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