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Broken Hill wine bar honours priest

A wine bar in the far west NSW mining city of Broken Hill has been named after a the late Fr Pat Murray, who helped start the now famous St Patrick's race meeting as a means of raising funds for local Catholic schools.

The races have grown into one the biggest events on the bush social calender. The 40th Broken Hill St Patrick's Race Meeting will be held this Saturday.

The idea for a race day was born when local trainer John Toms met with Catholic administrator Fr Pat Murray over a golf game to discuss ways to alleviate the desperate financial position of the town's Catholic schools.

ABC News reports that a newly-built wine bar was yesterday named in his honour.

Fr Paul Clarke, the current priest in the Silver City, says the naming of the bar has the church's blessing.

"Probably a bit unusual that a wine bar would be named after a Catholic priest but Fr Pat Murray was a fairly unique sort of fellow," he said.

Fr Clarke says if the popular priest was still around today his only regret would be he was not named after a whisky bar.

Pictured: The running of the 2003 $20,000 West End Handicap

Broken Hill wine bar honours Catholic priest (ABC News 7/3/05)

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