ANDREW FURLONG


Born in Dublin in 1947; elder son of the late Professor E.J. and the late Mrs E. Furlong.

Employment, Achievements and Integrity:

Secretary General of the FairFund Federation
He was approached to join the FairFund team in a voluntary capacity in 2006 by its Chairman, Edgard Hall, who saw value in Andrew's independent mind, his extensive experience living in a developing nation, his proven ability to work successfully in multi-disciplinary teams, and who also recognised how well Andrew's political, human rights and spiritual vision for life supports the values, ethos and objectives of the FairFund Foundation.
Outside his work in the FairFund team as Secretary General and with Amnesty International which both mean a great deal to him, Andrew enjoys golf, theatre, music, reading, friends and family. He is also a member of the Dalkey Writer's Workshop.

University of Dublin [Irish School of Ecumenics] (2002-2003): he read successfully for a post-graduate degree in International Peace and Development Studies in TCD and became involved with Amnesty International, becoming coordinator of the Zimbabwe Group which campaigns against human right abuses in Zimbabwe and supports human rights defenders working there. He wrote an unpublished human rights based novel and worked for a period as a summariser for the UK government of articles on development issues. He continued to write articles for his website such as his response to the Da Vinci Code. He appeared on a number of TV programmes and took part in several radio programmes.

1994-2002 UK and Ireland: Hospital Chaplain and Dean of Clonmacnoise.

In 1994, he left Zimbabwe and worked as a hospital chaplain with the NHS in Leeds. Returning to Ireland in 1997, he was appointed Dean of Clonmacnoise and Rector of Trim. He resumed his writing career and found that his liberal thinking on Christianity brought him into conflict with his bishop. His book "Tried for Heresy A 21st Century Journey of Faith" tells the story of how he came to resign as Dean of Clonmacnoise and to start out on the journey of establishing a new identity for himself. He received the 2002 Millstone Award for Bravery and Courage in the Face of Tradition and its Defenders from the Fellows of the Westar Institute and the Jesus Seminar.

1983-1994 Zimbabwe: Harare Cathedral, Makonde Parish, Canon of Harare Cathedral, Archdeacon of Harare Diocese

Keen not to spend his whole working life on the island of Ireland, to have the opportunity to broaden his horizons and to work in a less developed part of the world, in 1983 he moved to Zimbabwe where he worked for the next eleven years. As well as becoming a Canon of Harare Cathedral and being appointed an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Harare, he was Rector of a large parish with 36 congregations within it. He led a programme of church building, successfully completing 10 new churches. He pioneered a training course for youth leaders and expanded the parish staff to include 6 full-time youth leaders. He became fluent in the Shona language. He much enjoyed time away from work on the golf course.

1972-1983 Belfast and Dublin curacies and ministry as a hospital chaplain
He was ordained in 1972 and served in a large suburban parish in Belfast with a staff of three clergy. Within months he was running the parish single-handed due to the illness and subsequent death of the Rector and the move from the parish of the other curate. He moved to Dublin in 1976, and had a number of years in a specialist role as a hospital chaplain where his compassion, listening skills and capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary team were clearly evident. He was also chairman of the Diocesan Youth Council. He began his writing career with a thought-provoking series on Christianity. He continued to play hockey, captaining Three Rock Rovers first eleven, playing for Leinster and for a number of Irish teams. He ran the Dublin Marathon in 1981 and 1982.

Education, Interests and Achievements:

1965-1972 University Education and Professional Training:

University of Dublin [Trinity College] (1965-1969), Cambridge University [Jesus College] (1969-1972), Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge (1970-1972), and Church of Ireland Theological College (1972).
He was awarded several scholarships at Cambridge University where he went to study theology and to complete his ordination training. He was attracted by liberal thinking and was recognised as being an independent and deep thinker. He played for the University hockey team and won a Cambridge Blue and also played for the Irish under-23 hockey team. He completed his professional training in Dublin.

He read an honours degree in Philosophy at TCD. He played for the University hockey team, Irish Universities' hockey team and for both Leinster and Irish under-23 hockey teams. He won a University Pink in recognition of his sporting achievements. He was secretary of the Trinity Ball committee and the following year secretary of the Trinity Week committee. Twice he was a leader of voluntary work camps for European students in Donegal in the summer holidays. He was attracted towards becoming an accountant, but eventually decided to offer himself for ordination training in the Church of Ireland.

Pre-University Education:

St Columba's College (1961-1965) to which he won an entrance Exhibition and Brook House (1955-1961)

At St Columba's College he was a school prefect, captained the hockey first eleven and the Leinster schoolboys' team, and played in a trial match for the Irish schoolboy team. He also played for the cricket first eleven, won a range of academic prizes and sat for the entrance scholarship into Trinity College, Dublin.

At Brook House he was a school prefect, and captained the cricket and hockey first elevens. He was tennis champion in two successive years, won Form prizes, and French and Music prizes, and the Brook House cup for best all-rounder. He acted in "Rooney" filmed on location in Dublin and in London.