Rev. Fr. William Leo Brolly was born on 16 May 1903 in Ballykelly, Co. Derry, Ireland.
Young Leonard had his early education at Blackrock, between 1917-1921. Having elected to
become a priest, he professed at Kimmage, 1922, and prefected at Rockwell and Blackrock. He studied
Philosophy and Theology at St. Mary’s. Rathmines and at the Castle, Blackrock.