One of the rising stars within the Vatican Diplomatic Service, Monsignor Michael Crotty from Skeheen, Mitchelstown was back on home turf last weekend to celebrate the silver jubilee of his ordination. 

A modest country boy at heart, it didn't take Church authorities long to spot the talent of this former Ballygiblin hurler, whose firm grasp of detail and mastery of European languages, has ensured he's risen steadily through the ranks.

Intimately familiar with the working of the Vatican and its influential 'curia', Monsignor Crotty is frequently dispatched to international hot spots where his diplomatic skills have proven invaluable.

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