May 2018

DEATH has taken place of Fr. Roger Duggan MSC, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork City and Listowel, Co. Kerry on the 14th of May 2018. Sadly missed by his sister Una Hayes and brother-in-law Liam Hayes (Tanavalla, Listowel), niece Julia, nephew Danny, grandnephew Mathew and his fellow Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Ireland and Australia. Bishop Ray and several priests celebrated Requiem Mass for Fr. Duggan on Thursday 17th May 2018. Burial afterwards in St. John Paul II Cemetery, Ballybunion Road, Listowel. He was Born Wales, reared Birmingham, and Ordained 1993.


Fr Duggan Listowel; Born Wales, reared Birmingham, Ordained 1993 worked in Australia.


He had family in Kerry.


Brother Patrick Power, RIP




Brother Patrick Power, FSC, of the District of Eastern North America, died April 3, 2018, at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, New Jersey. At age 105, he was the oldest Brother in the worldwide Institute.






Monday, April 9, 2018


9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Viewing


10:00 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial


La Salle Hall


6001 Ammendale Road


Beltsville, MD 20705-1202


Burial at Christian Brothers Cemetery






Born: December 22, 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA


Entered the Novitiate: June 21, 1931, Ammendale, MD


Received the Religious Habit: September 7, 1931


Pronounced Perpetual Vows: 1937








1932-1935, Washington, D.C., De La Salle College: scholasticate


1935-1939, Philadelphia, PA, La Salle College High School: teacher


1939-1940, Washington, D.C., De La Salle College: study


1940-1942, Philadelphia, PA, La Salle College High School: teacher


1942-1942, Cumberland, MD, La Salle High School: teacher


1942-1961, Washington, D.C., St. John’s College High School: teacher


1961-1975, Pittsburgh, PA, South Hills Catholic High School: teacher


1975-1978, Baltimore, MD, Calvert Hall College High School: library assistant


1978-1979, Philadelphia, PA, Jeremy House: staff


1979-1981, Ammendale, MD, Holy Family Community: director (study at Loyola College)


1981-1984, Wheaton, MD, Brothers’ Community: resident


1984-1996, Pittsburgh, PA, Seton-La Salle High School: resident


1996-2005, Pittsburgh, PA, Central Catholic High School: resident


2005-2014, Ammendale, MD, La Salle Hall: resident


2014-2018, Lincroft, NJ, De La Salle Hall: resident


By Anna Waddelove| April 5th, 2018|News, People, on Brother Patrick Power, RIP


On March 10, 2018,  Margaret Mary Joyce SSL and Eithne Woulfe SSL facilitated one of three pre-Regional Assembly meetings, as we move towards the Regional Assembly in Dromantine March from 23-25. The Rathmines Community hosted this meeting, which welcomed approximately 40 participants. The purpose of the meeting was to give a flavour of the ELM gathering in Ghana, and to ask questions on how we are going to organise ourselves in the future,


Kerryman North Edition, Wednesday, August 25, 2010; Section: Front Page




OBITUARIES: The death took place recently of Sister Barbara (Kit) Murphy, of Moore Abbey, Monastervin and late of Clounmacon, Listowel. Sister Barbara had always been a regular visitor to Clounmacon where her nephew Tom lives. Sincere sympathy of the Community is extended to her Community, the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, Monastervin, her nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.



Feb 1 1985 Kerryman

CONGRATULATIONS to Sr. Anastasia Maloney, Bon Secours Convent, Ramsgate, Kent, England, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. Sr. Anastasia is the former Nell Maloney of Coilagurteen, sister of Mrs. Hannie O'Connell, Croughatoosane, and of the late John Maloney. She spent part of her early days with her aunt Elizabeth Loughnane, Dromin, and she received her primary education at Clounmacon National School.




Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 26, 1972; Page: 26






MONDAY, February 14, was, a day of special rejoicing for Thomas, and Mary Margaret Enright, Doonard, Tarbert, when they celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their- wedding. The whole family and many friends were present, for Mass celebrated in their home by Fr.Tim, C.S.Sp,, who-had come home from California. Other members of the family present were Sr. M. Kevin, Holy Child Sisters. Harcourt St., Dublin, Sr. M Aquin, Holy Rosary Sisters, from Kenya, Sister M, Rosalie , Holy Rosary Sisters,  South Africa. Captain Jerry from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Breda from Dublin . Margaret, from Listowel, Thomas, from England, and Jimmy and Danny from, the home front. About 150 letters and telegrams of congratulations were received and read at the lunch. This happy Occasion was also historical in that present also were the best man and bridesmaid at their wedding 5O years ago... They were Mr Thomas Dillane and Mrs. Tony Barton. The writer also on behalf of the whole community, would like to offer congratulations and wish. Mr. and Mrs. Enright many more years of happiness together.





Feb 2018

DEATH; Sr. Eileen Brosnan, died in Australia late of The Cot, Kilmorna.


Sister Margaret Patrice Slattery, Promises to Keep: A History of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas; Volume 1, Historical Development from 1869 to 1994 (San Antonio: Publisher Unknown, 1998), 4-6; Handbook of Texas Online, Sister Josephine Kennelly, C.C.V.I., “Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio,” accessed October 30, 2017,




[4] Handbook of Texas Online, Sister Josephine Kennelly, C.C.V.I., “Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio,” accessed October 30, 2017,; Promises to Keep, 6-7.


  The San Francisco call 1898/02/20


...1898, at St.-Mary's Hospital, Rev. Cornelius O'Connor of I'kiah, Cat., brother of Sister Mary Teresa of Sacramento and Thomas C... (Knockanure, California, United States - 1898)


Clarion Herald, 30 May 1963


Fr. Kearney observes anniversary ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Rev. Myles Kearney, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in St. Francisville. celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination May 28. Bishop Robert E. Tracy of Baton Rouge presided at the Mass of thanksgiving sung by Father Kearney. Father Kearney was born in Newtownsandes county. Kerry. Ireland. He was ordained in 1938 at St. Patrick’s college. Carlow. Ireland. His first assignment in the U.S. was assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s church in Rawlins. Wyo. In 1943 he was transferred to Epiphany church in New York city. Father Kearney served as assistant pastor of St. Anthony in Baton Rouge and St. Leo the Great in New Orleans, becoming pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in 1955.


April 2017

MICHELLE LUCID:  We received an e-mail from Fr. John’s niece during the week recalling some of her


memories of him and his time in Moyvane.  The following is an excerpt from it.  The full e-mail can be read at the Sacred Space in Moyvane Church or on the Notice Board in Knockanure Church.“ Living in Australia, I didn't make it home to say goodbye to my Uncle John. Not getting to say goodbye to a loved one is hard so I want to thank all of you who did say goodbye. Uncle John loved Moyvane. He believed it would be his last parish. My Dad and I visited Uncle John in Moyvane 6 years ago. This would be the last time I would see him. He was so happy and settled. He loved it. Moyvane is a beautiful part of the world. This is how I will remember Uncle John, leaning on his bike outside the Parochial House in his beloved Moyvane, talking to people who walked by. You all had a massive impact on his life and I know that this makes it easier on my dad, having lost his little brother, to know that the 12 years spent in Moyvane were among his favourite.


Uncle John may be resting in Kilcummin but his heart is in Moyvane and always will be. Thank you all and my thoughts are with you at this time.”

May 2017

Funeral of Fr. Pat Moore in St. Mary’s, Asdee. (From Kerry Diocese site)


This morning three realities have converged to gather us together here in St. Mary’s Church, Asdee and they did so also yesterday evening at Fr. Pat’s wake; and those realities  are faith, friendship and death.  We are celebrating his Requiem Mass; that is a matter of faith.  Our coming together from near and far is rooted in friendship.  And the reason for our presence is because our friend has died.  Of course one definite way of integrating Pat’s personality into proceedings, both sacred and profane, is by incorporating an element of mischief or intrigue or by creating some confusion!    What other logical explanation could there possibly be for printing one Gospel text in the funeral booklet, and then proceeding to use an entirely different one!   But there were in fact two very good reasons for choosing that Gospel passage:  firstly, because it was the Gospel text for last Sunday, which turned out to be Fr. Pat’s last Sunday on this earth; had he been well enough to celebrate the Eucharist on that day, then it is the Gospel he would have used. Sunday – the day of resurrection, An Domhnach – the Lord’s day, the most important day of the entire week for a Christian.  The 2nd reason for using the text from St. Luke that recounts the seven mile walk of the two disciples from Jerusalem to Emmaus, is precisely because the account of their experience along the way has echoes of the three realities that have brought us together: faith, friendship and death.




At many funerals there’s probably one question that’s often asked – it may not necessarily be expressed aloud, but it is certainly a thought in somebody’s mind on seeing another whose presence arouses curiosity; and the question is: How’s your man here? Or: What’s your wan’s connection?   There are many connections here today.  In my own case it dates back almost 44 years to September 1973 when, after the Intercert, Pat transferred from St. Michael’s College, Listowel to continue with his secondary education in St. Brendan’s, Killarney; then it was on to Maynooth for three years; and from there we went to the Irish College in Rome for four years. And I wish to acknowledge the presence of colleagues from other dioceses, along with contemporaries from our days in the St. Brendan’s, Maynooth and Rome.  Whoever and whatever it was that created the connection and forged the friendship, that’s who we all are – friends who are connected by and through a friend; friends who recall the life of a friend – be it through school or college, or from the stage, be it through parish, or poetry or film or radio.  It reminds me of an occasion when WB Yeats is reputed to have visited the Municipal Gallery in Dublin, wherein he found himself surrounded by the portraits of the great and the good of Irish social, cultural and political life; as was his want, he penned a poem for the occasion, which concluded with the words: “think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends”.




As friends we come to offer sympathy and the support of our prayers to Fr. Pat’s family: to his brothers Michael & Diarmuid, and their wives Jacintha & Geraldine, to his niece and nephews, to his cousins in various generations, to his neighbours and to all who supported




him and cared for him during his illness.  In our prayers we remember also his parents Mick and Peg – Mick’s 20th anniversary is this year, and Peg’s 3rd anniversary will be in September.  We’re here therefore not to be mere spectators, as one might be at a football match or at a concert; we’re here to participate in the prayer of the Church, to pray for his forgiveness and healing, to pray for his happiness, and to pray for his eternal repose and his peace.  We’re here because we believe that through the resurrection of our Divine Saviour, resurrection is also possible for us.  Resurrection is not resuscitation; rather it is transfiguration.  Words of the apostle Paul to the Philippians(3:21) seem apt: “from heaven comes the saviour we are awaiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of our into copies of his own glorious body”.  That’s the faith of the Church, that’s the faith that gathers us together and that’s the faith from which and through which we derive consolation.  But lest we forget, wherever there is faith, then frailty is never too far away; there will always be an angel of Satan to wrestle with.  In this regard the inscription on the souvenir card of Fr. Pat’s ordination is instructive:  “Lord, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church.”








There is grief and heartbreak at the death of our friend and colleague.  Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who had lost their friend, our faces are also downcast.  But now that Fr. Pat is dead, is that the end of everything?  At this time of grief, let’s not lose sight of what priesthood is, and the purpose of Fr. Pat’s ministry and the ministry of all who serve the Church, in whatever capacity.  The Gospel text gives us an insight into ministry when, walking with the one they supposed to be a stranger, it tells us that the two disciples “pressed him to stay with them”.  Why?  Because the conversation along the road had been riveting; because “the stranger” had opened the eyes of their minds and, as it were, had peeled away their blindness to help them understand who God is; thereby he had nourished them with his wisdom and he had nourished them in their search and in their emptiness and he had awakened in them a desire to seek more.  But for that to happen, there had to be and there has to be an openness; otherwise the conversation would be as fruitless as ploughing a desert.  Openness to God is a risk, as it may mean we will be disturbed in our comfort zone and we may be taken to places we would rather not go.








In the Easter issue of the catholic weekly, The Tablet, there was an article about the Jesuit Philosopher Frederick Copleston, with whose work Pat would have been acquainted.  And when reflecting on the great minds of Copleston’s era, the author of the article concludes as follows: “The lesson of history … is that while change overtakes us, equally nothing is lost.  The task for laity and Religious, therefore, is not to take comfort in nostalgic reverie or lament a lost age, but to re-engage, be it in different circumstances, in the intellectual and cultural work to which those earlier figures were committed and to which they contributed so much ad maiorem dei gloriam – (for the greater glory of God)”.  That, in essence, captures what it means to be a priest, but not just to be a priest, but to be a Christian, and it sums up also the purpose of the Church in its many manifestations.  Let everything be done for the greater glory of God.




When Fr. Pat visited your house, quite often he would not arrive alone but in the company of another, perhaps a complete stranger. If there were an advance telephone call, which was most unlikely, it would replicate the introduction at the kitchen door: “I’m calling in for a minute because there’s a wonderful person you must meet”.  He could have done that not alone in Kerry, but just as easily in Dublin or Belfast or Galway or elsewhere, from where people have travelled today to be with us.  And that’s why he could be enthralling and frustrating in equal in measure – and never more so than when you had enough food for one or two at suppertime and out of the blue, there are four – or more!   He loved conversation and he revelled in company, perhaps even craved company.  And God rest his mother Peg, he must have broken her heart arriving unannounced with yet another unexpected mouth to be fed.  But since this latest episode of his illness emerged in February 2015, many have said it was a blessing that she was gone before him, because she had been through a lot of stress when Fr. Pat was ill 22 years ago.  Prior to Peg’s death, he had been her carer for a considerable number of years; but in recent times the kindness of many to him, in several different ways, had been, in turn, Peg for him.




As we bid him farewell, we cherish the memories and the conversations.  And the arguments!  And as we reflect on his journey, in its many strands and complexities, one of the lessons we can learn is this: perhaps the less we are able to do – as distinct from the less we do, which is laziness – perhaps the less we are able to do, the more we are able to accomplish.  And this gathering bears eloquent testimony to that truth.  But above all we must not abandon or forget the purpose of his ministry and the ministry of all priests, but endeavour instead to keep that ministry alive.  In many respects that will be the true measure and the true depth both of our friendship and of our faith, because it was the mutual search for Jesus Christ that was the source of our friendship, that gave meaning to our friendship and that is it’s ultimate conclusion.  Otherwise, Fr. Pat will not just be gone, but he will also be forgotten, and his living and his suffering will have been in vain.




A Phadraig, a chara, tá súil agam go shroicfidh tú an Ríocht bheannaithe, agus ‘s mo dhócas go mbeimídne, agus gach éinne atá bailithe anseo inniu, araon le chéile arís in oileán na bParthas.  Slán abhaile, agus suimhneas síoraí i gcomhluadar na hEaghlaise neamhaí.  Amen.




Fr Gearoid Walsh Funeral of Fr. Pat Moore in St. Mary’s, Asdee – 4/05/’17




Pat Moore, priest, educator, author and friend was born in Asdee in Kerry in 1957. He was ordained a priest in 1982 and  ministered for 33 years, till being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in January 2015.  Pat told his own story in his book Weathering A Storm which was published last year. The special connections Pat has made with so many people was demonstrated at the launch in Listowel.  From St. Michael College Listowel, to St. Brendan’s College Killarney, to St Patrick’s College Maynooth to the Irish College in Rome, Pat made great friends and connected in a wonderful way with people. His first parish was Listowel and then following training in Mount Oliver he became Director of Primary Religious Ed. and Assistant Director (Diocesan) of Adult Religious Education in our diocese. In 1994 he became curate of Rathmore (Gneeveguilla) then Lixnaw (Irremore)1998 then 2004 parish priest of Duagh. Everywhere Pat ministered he gathered people and friends. Pat was central to the Horizons Radio Kerry programme and he worked on several sets of Just A Thought. Pat approached everything he did with creativity, a contagious energy and enthusiasm. He is sadly missed but we are all better for having known him.


April 2017

St Patrick’s  day 2017




Telling Our Story – Bernice Broohm


by Máirín Delaney, coordinator


 The Sisters of St Louis’ General Chapter 2015 invited the sisters to tell and re-tell the St Louis story “in order to own, celebrate and pass it on to future generations." The story of the Institute is the ‘why’ of the Institute, and telling it is an art of translating our values into action, of constructing our identity, making choices and inspiring action. Telling our story carries a transformative power inherent in the enduring values and lessons about life and mission which are passed on from one generation to another. Our individual and communal stories can be tools for making us whole; they gather up parts of us and put them together in a way that gives our lives greater meaning.




We are delighted to share with you extracts from the fifth interview in the "Telling Our Story" series, in which Sr. Dorothy Abuah SSL conducted an interview with Bernice Broohm (former SSL) on July 7, 2016. Bernice talks about the arrival of St Louis schools in Ghana, their significance for the education of girls, and how her St Louis education influenced her. She also talks about what attracted her to the Sisters of St Louis, and the Sisters of St Louis' first Mission Statement and how care of the poor was central to it.


More at link




Out and About in the Irish Region


by Úna Agnew SSL, coordinator


A special Birthday Celebration, by Breda Hanrahan SSL




Breda O’Hanrahan SSL writes, “Some months back, Ms Yetunde Olukanye, an Ondo past pupil who lives in the Blakestown area, confided in me plans that were afoot for a surprise celebration for Sr Frances McManus’ 80th birthday. On the morning of the special day, Yetunde informed us that she would collect us at 5 O’Clock to bring us to a Chinese restaurant, where a table was reserved and we would be joined by five other Ondo past pupils, who were flying in from London especially for the occasion. More below.




The death has occurred of SR. MARCELLINA O'SULLIVAN


Presentation Convent, Castleisland, Kerry,  and late of Bridge Road, Listowel. Former staff member of Mater Dei Institue of Education, Dublin, April 22nd 2017 (peacefully) at Fatima Nursing Home, Tralee. Predeceased by her parents Tom and Maria O'Sullivan, her sister Sr Mary (Presentation Convent Killarney) and her brother Fr. Brendan (San Diego, California). Deeply regretted by her loving Community, her sisters Mona Keaveny (Kells, Co. Meath) and Therese Nolan (Navan, Co. Meath), brother-in-law Stephen, nephews, niece, nephew-in-law, nieces-in-law, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family and friends.






Four Nuns


Died January 2017;

Sr. Kathleen Hegarty (L.S.U Sisters)  Ballyduhig Listowel.




DIED: William Christopher, 84, who played Father Francis John Patrick Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, died at his Pasadena home on New Year’s Eve.


Sr. Noella (Philomena Angela) Cowley OP, Our Lady of Fatima Convent, Oakpark and formerly of Haddington Road, Dublin.


DEATH of Fr. Michael Daly, (Parochial House, Ardagh and late of Lacka, Broadford, Co. Limerick).


Fr. Michael died 8 Dec. 2016 at Milford Care Centre. He was brother of the late Mossie; and is survived  by his brother Ted, sisters Mary and Helen, brothers-in-law Jeremiah and Eamonn, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, Bishop and clergy of Limerick Diocese, relatives and friends. In his youth he attended Knockanure School, while staying at Joe Collins house at the Lott’s.


DEATH of Sr. Dympna Mulvihill (Cork and Moyvane,) On December 17th 2016, of North Presentation Convent, Gerald Griffin Street, Cork, daughter of the late Edmund and Hannah Mulvihill and sister of Sr. Joan and the late Michael, Sr. Ursula and Mary. Survived by sister, Sr. Joan, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, her North Presentation Community, The Presentation Congregation, relatives, friends and all at Darraglynn Nursing Home. Requiem Mass on Monday 19th in The North Cathedral followed by Funeral afterwards to St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully.


Bro. Michael (Denis), Mc Auliffe (Presentation Brothers, Maiville, Turners Cross, Cork and formerly of Scart, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry). On October 16th 2016. Survived by his sister-in-law Nell, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, his Presentation Brothers and a wide circle of friends. Requiem Mass for Brother Michael was celebrated at Christ King Church, Turners Cross on Thursday 20th , funeral afterwards to Mount St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Blarney Street.


DEATH; Sr. Maria Stack (Mercy Sister), Balloonagh Convent, Tralee and formerly of Duagh, Co. Kerry, died on 20th September 2016, sister of Leo and the late Bernard, Gerard, Sr. Agatha C.P. & Sr. Imelda Gabriel C.P. Sadly missed by her  family, The Congregation of The Sisters of Mercy, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.


Requiem Mass for Sr. Maria was celebrated at Our Lady & St. Brendan's Church, Tralee on Friday interment afterwards in New Rath Cemetery.


DEATH: Sr. Gabriel O’Brien, July 20, 2016 Cork, Kerry


SR. GABRIEL, North Presentation Convent, Gerald Griffin St., Cork,  daughter of the late Timothy and Janette O’Brien and sister of Timothy and the late Mary and Jane. Survived by her brother, sister-in-law Peggy, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, her North Presentation Community, the Presentation Congregation, relatives and friends.


Requiem Mass at 11am on Friday 22 July 2016. Funeral afterwards to St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully.


DEATH: Sr. Regis Hanrahan, died August 15, 2016 Cork, Kerry


(North Presentation Convent, Gerald Griffin Street, Cork City, Cork & Lisselton, Co. Kerry daughter of the late Michael and Margaret Hanrahan and sister of Padraig and the late Michael, Tom, Sr de Pazzi (Nancy), Willie, Teresa and Sean.


Survived by her brother, sister-in-law Kay, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, North Presentation Community, the Presentation Congregation, relatives and friends and all in Darraglynn Nursing Home. Requiem Mass on Wednesday 17th August at 11am. Funeral afterwards to St Catherine’s Cemetery, Kilcully.


Sunday 3rd at 3pm - Farewell Mass, Dominicans






“Give thanks to the Lord for His great love is without end”.








A note from Fr Frank on behalf of the Dominicans:




At the midterm assembly of our Province in September 2014 it was decided that the Dominican Friars would withdraw from our Limerick foundation in Glenworth Street where we have been ministering since July 1816.  Our presence in the diocese dates back to 1227.  Our departure is one of great sadness for us yet we are immensely grateful to each and all who have supported us down through the years in so many kind and varied ways.




We are grateful that the Dominican presence remains with the arrival of our Dominican sisters of Saint Cecilia on Friday 19th August.  I will be remaining on in Limerick and ministering as parish chaplain in St Joseph’s parish.  We are equally grateful to Bishop Brendan and the diocese that the church will remain open with daily Mass at 1pm (Monday to Saturday) beginning on Monday July 4th. The Mass timetable for Sundays as yet has not been decided.




We invite you to join with us on Sunday July 3rd for a Mass of Thanksgiving and Farewell at 3pm followed by light refreshments in the Pery Hotel next door to us.


We ask a place in your prayers at this time of transformation to say the least!  On behalf of the community our sincere gratitude, Frank Downes O.P., (Prior).






A new St Louis Centenarian


by Maud Murphy SSL






Thursday, June 18- 2015 was a very special day in the life of the English Mission, as Teresa Walsh SSL celebrated her 100th birthday. Teresa liked to remind the sisters that she was born in June 1915, before the birth of the Irish Free State. She grew up in Ballylongford, Co Kerry, and after her secondary school years in Monaghan, she entered religious life there. Sr Brenda, as she was known as then, was missioned to Yarmouth in 1939 just as World War II was breaking out. The following year, she accompanied the school children to Retford where they were sheltered during the war years. Soon after that, she went to Notre Dame College in Glasgow where she did her teacher training. She spent short periods in Newcastle, Co Down, and also in Bury St Edmund’s, but Great Yarmouth was her home for most of her teaching life. She is fondly remembered there by parents and past pupils, and many keep in touch with her right up to the present day.








Teresa has lived a very full life. She loved to write and travel and see the world and she visited places as far away as Alaska, the Holy Land and Oberammergau. She was always very close to her family of origin and they treasure her and love her dearly. Her early retirement days were spent in Yarmouth, but in 2006 she moved to Newmarket Convent as she needed extra care. Just a few months ago, she moved into Kentford Manor Nursing Home, a few miles outside Newmarket, and it was there she celebrated her big day. 








The Staff of the Nursing Home pulled out all the stops and welcomed the guests with open arms. There were 40 of us at the celebration, including St Louis Sisters, the Walsh family and staff from Newmarket Convent who had cared for Teresa until recently. Teresa looked radiant - Roisín Hannaway SSL made sure of that - and while she seemed a bit mystified at times, she smiled and seemed at peace with all the fuss. Some of the more touching moments included: Fr Simon kneeling down at her side during Mass and speaking to her tenderly for the homily; opening the very colourful birthday card from the Queen; and the letter and Centenarian Bounty (£1800 sterling) from the President of Ireland. We Irish were so proud! The staff served up dinner, Teresa blew out her candles, and we had birthday cake washed down with champagne.








Soon it was time for us to go. But we have so many happy memories of a very special person on an extra special day. Let us thank God for Teresa and may her remaining time on this earth be happy and peaceful.








Moladh go Deo le Dia (Praise be to God forever).








August 2015


Sr Ide Woulfe SSL Rest in Peace






Homily at the funeral Mass of Ide Woulfe SSL, given by Fr David de Largy




It is with a deep sense of gratitude that we acknowledge today the friendship, the support, the encouragement and sisterly care that Ide experienced among you in the Congregation of St Louis over the course of those many years and especially from her sisters in St Louis House - Sr Luca, Sr Shiela, Sr Mary and Sr Anne.








Sr Ide was born on the December 3, 1915 in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick. The name given to her at baptism was Honora Josephine. She was one of five children, born to her parents Catherine and Richard. What a wonderful witness to the faith those parents must have given, for all five of those children eventually entered religious life. Her brothers Con, Micheal and Risteard were ordained as priests for the Holy Ghost Fathers. Her sister Agatha joined the Sisters of the Holy Rosary and Honora Josephine joined the Sisters of St Louis, taking her new name Sr Ide.








The earliest years of Honora’s childhood coincided with a period of profound political upheaval in Ireland. Her uncle, Con Colbert, played a leading role in the 1916 Easter Rising, and would later be executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin at the age of just 27. Her father, Richard was the local pharmacist in Abbeyfeale. On one occasion the Black and Tans visited the town. They put her father against a wall and threatened to shoot him. When they set his house on fire, her father somehow managed to escape with his wife and young family. Several years later, after things settled down a bit, the family were able to return to Abbeyfeale, where Honora Josephine completed her primary education in the Local National School.








In her teenage years, during which she was a pupil at St Louis Secondary School in Monaghan, Honora was, by her own account, a bit of a tomboy, often disregarding the rules and getting herself into trouble. Such unseemly behaviour was evidently no obstacle to pursuing a vocation in religious life, for in 1936, after completing a three-year period of formation, Honora made her religious profession to become Sr Ide in the Congregation of St Louis. 








Her first appointment was to teach in Ailesbury in England, and that was followed by a short period teaching in Balla, in Co Mayo. In 1946, she was appointed Assistant Mistress of Novices in Monaghan. During those years Ide gained a reputation for being tough, strict, forthright, a straight talker who shot from the hip but at the same time she was always fair and just. These leadership qualities stood her in good stead throughout the remainder of her life as she subsequently undertook greater roles and responsibilities.








Ide’s real vocation was to the missionary life. On four occasions she asked to be sent on the missions and four times she was refused on the grounds that her health not sufficiently robust to withstand the rigours of missionary life. After training as a nurse in England and after completing a further course in midwifery in Drogheda, she requested for a fifth time to be sent on the missions and this time her request was granted. She travelled to Ghana where she was entrusted with the responsibility of running a hospital. She was, by all accounts, a great worker. She worked tirelessly and selflessly. She would never ask anyone to do anything she wasn’t prepared to do herself. She was always the first to volunteer for any task, especially if it was an unpleasant one. In later years, as she recalled that period of her life, she could be justifiably proud of all that had been achieved.








Throughout her life Sr Ide remained totally committed to her religious congregation. After the Second Vatican Council, when rules about the wearing of religious habits were relaxed, she was concerned about younger sisters going off the rails a bit. She remained protective of the old customs and ways, and all her life continued to wear the religious veil, while working in a public capacity.








After a short time nursing in Nigeria, Sr Ide spent a year on sabbatical in California where she trained as a hospital chaplain. Providentially her brother, Fr Michael, was living and ministering in San Francisco. It was a golden opportunity for them to re-connect and to spend some time together.








Returning to Belfast, Sr Ide was nominated by Bishop Patrick Walsh to be Catholic Chaplain at The City Hospital. This was a work that she loved. It gave her the opportunity to accompany the sick and the dying, to support their families, to calm fears, to restore hope. After more than twenty years tending to the spiritual needs of the sick, Sr Ide eventually retired to parish life.








At the invitation of the then parish priest, Fr Sean McCartney, she took up the work of visiting the sick and the housebound. Each day she would venture out on her rounds to spend time with the sick, to listen to their concerns, to pray with them and to administer Holy Communion. It was a responsibility she took very seriously. Full of vitality and energy she walked everywhere to visit the ones she sometimes referred to as her ’little old ladies’, which was a bit rich really, since she was considerably older than most of them. But she loved them all and they loved her back.








In recent years as her physical strength declined and she was no longer able to go out and about, she continued her life of service through a ministry of prayer. She prayed especially for all the young people who come through St Louis House, and she took a great interest in all the faith-building initiatives and activities involving the young people of the parish. During the recent Year of Consecrated Life, Sr Ide made it her special mission to pray for vocations to the religious life to be rekindled in Ireland.








Sr Ide passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning after a short period of illness. She would have been celebrating her 100th birthday this coming December, and her 79th year in religious life next month. Today we wish to give thanks for the life of this faithful servant of God. We are full of gratitude for this woman who spent her life in doing good for others.








In the gospel we hear about Martha lamenting the death of her beloved brother Lazarus. You’ll recall that Martha and her sister Mary were great friends of Jesus and they often offered him hospitality in their home. Martha was the active one, the one who expressed her love through practical service of others. Mary was the contemplative one who demonstrated her love through quiet and humble attentiveness to the Lord. Two sisters, one active, the other contemplative - both equally generous and selflessly loving. In a very real way Sr Ide managed successfully to combine both of these approaches, loving Christ in the most practical of ways as she tended to him in the sick, the suffering and the dying, and loving him just as intently in the quiet moments of prayer that were so much part of her life and her daily habit.








Over the past ten months, I had the privilege of attending Sr Ide in her home on Hillhead Crescent. On those occasions we prayed together and we talked about the difficulties of maintaining a meaningful spiritual life in the context of old age and infirmity. On those visits Sr Ide allowed me a privileged insight into her spiritual life and her struggles. I was touched by her humility and inspired by her sincere desire to serve God faithfully at all times. And I was impressed by her determination to persevere to the end in her relationship with the Lord to whom she was united in baptism and in her religious life.








The words of St Paul as he approached the end of his life seem very apt to me now in this context. “For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now all there is in store for me is the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”








Sr Ide poured out her life as a love offering to Christ her Saviour. She fought the good fight and ran the race to the finish. She kept the faith. May God bless Sr Ide today and bestow upon her that crown of righteousness. May Christ Jesus who is the resurrection and the Life be faithful to his promise and bring her to the fullness of life in the heavenly kingdom. This we ask with confidence through the same Christ our Lord. Amen






Sisters of Saint Louis


Ide Woulfe on mission in Asankrangwa Ghana c1956.




Photo kindly sent by Pattie Punch, whose mother Geraldine Punch appears in the photos. Her father who was a District Engineer in Ghana at the time, took the photo. Patti tells us that the convent and health centre was only starting up at the time and her father was able to get essentials delivered to them. The sisters, in turn, baked her parent’s wedding cake.








Sister Elena Goulding Dies at the Age of 81


Aston, PA—Sister Elena Goulding, OSF, 81, died in Assisi House on April 7. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years. Sister Elena (Bridget Philomena  Goulding) was born in Knockanure, County Kerry, Ireland, where she was a member of St. Mary Parish, Moyvane. She entered the congregation in 1949 and professed her first vows in 1952. Sister Elena earned a B.A. in English from Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Education from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She ministered primarily in education, prison ministry, and eldercare.




Sister Elena ministered for 26 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at Immaculate Conception School, Towson; St. Stephen School, Bradshaw; Fr. Charles Hall Middle School, and St. Frances Academy. During her later years in the archdiocese, she served as a prison chaplain at the Women’s Detention Center.




Sister Elena also ministered for 12 years in the Diocese of Wilmington. She taught at St. Anthony School and at St. Paul School. During her last year at St. Paul’s, she also served as principal.




Additional ministry in education included teaching at Nativity School in Washington, DC, and at St. Paul the Apostle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.




In 1993 Sister Elena returned to her native Ireland where she ministered for 14 years. She served as Head of Home at Ailt An Oir in Dun Laoghaire and was a tutor at Griffeen Valley Educate Together.




In 2008 Sister Elena moved to Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer ministry until her death.




All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Tuesday, April 14. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Elena is survived by two sisters, Mary Clancy and Patricia Danaher; two brothers, Christy Goulding and Michael Goulding; nieces and nephews, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.








Bury St Edmunds Parish celebrates 250 years




burystedmunds adj website30 JAN 2013.  There was a double reason to celebrate at the parish of Bury St Edmunds on December 8, 2012. It’s a major feast in the Church’s calendar, but the parish also had a historical reason to celebrate it. It was the 250th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in 1762. The chapel, which was built by a Jesuit, Fr Gage, is dedicated to Our Lady under the title of The Immaculate Conception.




When it was built in 1762, 75 years before the main Church was built, it was hidden from the street behind Fr Gage’s house - now the Presbytery - because at that time Catholicism was an “underground religion”. Various laws at that time stipulated that as a Catholic you were not allowed the freedom to worship. In 1791 however, the Second Relief Act came into law and a licence to worship was granted.




The Blessed Sacrament Chapel, our original hidden Church, was one of the first chapels in the country to be licensed for public worship. It is also the oldest post-Reformation Church in use in the diocese of East Anglia, giving it a unique historical significance. We are privileged to be able to pray in the chapel and attend daily Mass in it 250 years later!




On Saturday December 8, 2012, the exact day 250 years ago when the first Mass was celebrated in the chapel, priests and parishioners in Bury celebrated the occasion. Sixteen priests concelebrated Mass. Fr David Bagstaff, Diocesan Administrator, presided and blessed the new Altar and Tabernacle, which had been installed in the newly refurbished Chapel.




The Jesuits who had worked here for 174 years and the St Louis Sisters who came here in 1924 were both represented at the Mass. After Mass all were invited to refreshments in the Crypt where we chatted and met old friends and priests who had worked in the parish over the years. It was a day to remember and one of great joy.


Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954)Sat 4 Sep 1909 Page 43




Again the Daughters of the Cross have to record the loss of one of their Sisters, who died at Anand on Sunday, 18th July, after an illness of only a few hours. Sister Agnes Mary was born in Kerry, Ireland, in April, 1865, and joined the congregation at Liege in October, 1884.Two years later she arrived in India, and since that time worked with the greatest earnestness in the convents at Karachi, Igatpuri, Bandra, Panchgani, Dadar, and finally at Anand, of which house she was made Superioress in December, 1908. In the first week of July, cholera broke out in that locality, and some of the orphan children confided to the care of the Sisters; contracted the disease. A few cases proved fatal. However, on Sunday last it was hoped that the epidemic had ceased, an intimation to that effect


having been written by the Superioress herself, little thinking that she would be the next chosen victim. Sister Agnes Mary saw without fear death approaching, and was perfectly calm and resigned to God's holy will. During the years she spent in India, and in whatever house she laboured, she was ever a subject of the greatest edification to her Sisters in religion and to all with whom She came in contact. Her happy disposition endeared her to everyone, and her loss will be keenly felt. Quietly and religiously she spent her days, and one may truly say: "She went about doing good." Her death was a fit crowning to her life—a victim to duty, she has fallen at her post.


R.I.P.—Bombay "Examiner."


Name    HONORA LEAHY, Date of Birth 13 April 1865 Address LISANISKA. Father JAMES LEAHY


Mother CATHERINE O'CONNOR. (Taken from Baptism’s Moyvane Church)


HISTORY: The Sacred Heart Review, Volume 46, Number 21, 11 November 1911


The Right Rev. Richard A. O'Connor, D. D., Bishop of Petersborough, Canada, recently celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood. Bishop O'Connor was born at Listowel, County Kerry. April 15, 1838. He went to Canada in 1841 with his parents, and settled in Toronto.


Irish Independent 1905-current, Saturday, 09 May, 1942; Page: 2




The five nuns killed when a convent was hit during the raid on York are, states " The Universe," Mother Patricia O'Connor, teacher, and Sister Brendan Murphy, of the domestic staff, both from Ireland; Mother Vincent Jordan, head of the Convent's Elementary School; Mother Gerard McClorry, infirmarian and Mother Agnes Clayton, teacher. Two other Sisters were injured in going to the assistance of the buried nuns. Note (Sr O’Connor was born in Moyvane)


Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954) Fri 12 May 1944


RAID: Two Irish Nuns were killed in air-raid on Rome, it was stated on the Vatican Radio.


"We regret to state," the announcer said, "that according to a communication received from the Mother Provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Rome, two Irish Sisters lost their lives on February 17 in an air raid on Marina. Nineteen Sisters were killed in the raid. The two Irish victims are: Sister Mary of St. Agnes (Mary O'Keeffe, of Comer, Co. Cork, and Temple Valley, Co. Waterford, and Sister Edward of St. Francis (Ellen Bowler, of Togherough, Lispole, Co. Kerry.






The death on July 4th 2015 of Ide Woulfe of 91 Hillhead Cresent, Belfast, Antrim / Abbeyfeale.

Woulfe Sr. Ide (Honora) S.S.L. died peacefully at Musgrave Park Hospital on Saturday 4th July 2015.Beloved daughter of the late Catherine and Richard (Abbeyfeale Co Limerick). Loving sister of the late Sr Agatha H.R.S, Fr Con, Fr Miceal, Fr Risteard C.S.S.P. Deeply regretted by her community at 91 Hillhead Cresent Belfast and the wider St Louis community. Sr Ide Requiem Mass will take place on Monday 6th July 2015 at 10am in St Michael the Archangel church Finaghy Road North Belfast followed by burial in Hannahstown Cemetery. May she Rest In Peace.

There are about 200 Sisters of St Louis in the Irish Region,


Goretti Ahern.

Shelia Behan Coilagurteen Franciscan, died JAN 1995 USA.

Paul Bunce died Tralee 2002.

Emelian Bunce died 2004.

Costelloe Trien and AUS.

Mary Ellen Cunningham Kilbaha and Kansas, died 1989.

Cunningham, Kilbaha.

Ignatius Cunningham.

Estelle Cunningham Kilbaha, died 1987,Aged 89 yrs.

Mary Carmody.

Mary Theophane Collins Prof 1938.

Hannah Carmody Gortdromosillihy.

Cyril Jane Doherty Provincial Loreto, died 1927.

David Doherty pres Tralee, died 1871,aged 29 yrs.

Austin Doherty Presentation Tralee, died 1919,born Ahalanna.

Anastasia Enright Aughrim died 2002.

Debora Flaherty AUS and Murhur.

Theresa Flaherty Belfast and Murhur.

Berchmans Flaherty London and Murhur.

Mary Andrew Flaherty London and Murhur.

Flaherty's of Tubbertureen

Nuala, Peg, Lancashire,

Margaret, Mary Baltimore, Maryland,

Loreto, Bridie, England.

Majella Hannie.

Michael Flaherty, Glenalappa.

Nora Flaherty Glenalappa.

Magdalene Foran Presentation Millstreet and Moyvane.

Gabrielle Galvan, Bauragoogeen .

Margaret Galvin, worked in Wales.

Phil Goulding Knockanure.

Goulding Knockanure.

Nora Enright Aughrim.

Mgt Hanrahan.

Mary Hanrahan, Kilbaha and England.

Veronica Hanrahan, Kilbaha Prof 1965 Holy Ghost Sisters.

Stanislaus Kennelly Pres Cork Gortdromagowna, Died 1957.

Magdalene Kennelly Pres. Cork, died 1989.

Regis Kennelly, Presentation Listowel, died 1933,age 51 yrs

St Ann Kennelly, Presentation Listowel, died 1926,age 37.

Gerard Kennelly pres Tralee, died 1965

Kennelly England, daughter of Dan and Mary Stack.

Sarah Kearney Moyvane.

Lydia de Eugene Kearney in France of Moyvane Village.

Kissane Bauragoogeen .

Mai Looney Kilmorna.

Mary of the Sacred Heart Leahy Lisaniska and Galway died 5th 4th 1994.

Josephine Leahy N Z.

Imelda Leahy India died aged c90 yrs c1950.

Nora Leahy India died aged c24 yrs.

Josephine Leahy sister of Tim of Beenanasbig. Entered Lady's of Mary , Forest Hill 1937

Johanna Leahy daughter of Tim and Johanna Cummane.

Declan Murphy Knockanure and Ferbane Prof 1945.

Mary McMahon Listowel Pres.

McMahon Gortaglanna and England.

Maria Moore Keylod

Joseph Moore born C1900 Presentation and Kilmorna.

Francis Teresa Moore Wexford and Keylod, died 1975.

Mary Ellen Moore RSM, born 1912 Aughrim, died 1996.

Hanora Mc Elligott.

Mary Rita Mulvihill Good Shepherd Waterford.

Elaine Mc Elligott NTS Village.

Anastasia Moloney Coilagurteen, died June 1992 age 95 years.

Josephine Mulvihill NTS village.

Ellen Mulvihill NTS village.

Bride Mulvihill NTS village.

Kathleen Nolan NTS daughter of Tom and Liz Stack born c1920.

Anthony O'Carroll of Gortdromagowna and Aus.

Rose Carroll of Knockanure and Cork died 25th July 1993 aged 87 yrs.

Brendan Carroll Knockanure.

Augustine and Cornelius O Connor Inchamore.

Theresa O Connor Keylod and Fresno died 1997.

Sr. Conception O Connor Keylod. born 1911, Presentation Sister died Dungarvan 4 May 2014.

O Connor Keylod.

Patricia O Connor (Hannah) Kilbaha and Cork.

Patricia O Connor Barr Convent Kill 1943,born Gortdromosillihy.

Mary O Connor Gortdromagowna and Cork Died Dec 1993.

Euphrasia O Connor and her sister Annie of Gortdromagowna

Kathleen O Keeffe Kilmorna.

Mary Teresa Quinn.

Margaret Sullivan Trien and USA.

Mina Sullivan Kilbaha.

Sullivan Kilbaha.

Br Leo Sullivan Trien had two sisters Nuns.

Dympna Stack Moyvane South , and Galway .

Stella Stack Carrueragh .

Bob Stack had two aunts nuns of Carrueragh.

Martina Scanlon Kilmeaney and Claremorris.

Scanlon Kilmeaney and Wexford died1943.

Sheehy Lisaniska and India died aged 96 yrs.

Claude Sheehy Aughrim and Pres Tralee.

Ann Sheehy Mercy Bristol .

Josie Shanahan Pres Castleisland died 1971 aged 86 yrs .

Marie Shanahan Inchamore and California .Entered Ardfert .

Kathleen Shanahan a sister of above entered Ardfert .

Veronica Sheehan Kilbaha , Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy

Bernadette Sheehan Kilbaha, Golden Jubilee 2003.

Hannah Walsh Barragogeen.

Ida Walsh died 2006. Leitrim East, Dau. of Moss Walsh ans Mary Hanrahan.

Sheila Walsh NTS Village.

Nora Walsh NTS Village .

Mary, Nora and Peg Walsh Leitrim . Their father a postman .

Mary Teresa Windle , Mercy Newcastle upon tyne.

Bridget Windle born 1920 .

Nora Windle Indiana died 1984 .

Margaret Windle, Surrey

Catherine Sr. Conrad Windle Mercy Tralee .

DEATH took place on Sunday May 4th 2014 of Sr. Conception O'Connor, Formerly of Knockanure, Moyvane, Listowel. Born 19 May 1922 to Patrick O Connor and Nora Pierce at Keylod, one of 11 children. Sr. Conception entered Presentation Dungarvan in 1942. Is survived by her nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends and by The Presentation Sisters, Dungarvan. Requiem Mass was celebrated for Sr. Conception O Connor on Wednesday 7th May in St. Mary's Parish Church, Dungarvan, with interment afterwards in The Community Cemetery, Youghal Road. Sister had three brothers priests; Fr. Con Connor. Ordained 1945. Died 1989, Born 1910. Fr. John Connor. Ordained 1935. Died 1993. Ministered in Sacramento. Fr. Michael Connor. Ordained 1933. Born 1908. Ministered in Los Angeles. She had two sisters nuns, Sr. Hannah called Sr. Imelda was a Mercy Sister at Mallow and Sr. Mary called Sr. Teresa of Nazareth Sisters California.

DEATH took place on 23rd April 2014 of Sr. Eileen Scanlon (late of Moher, Moyvane and Little sisters of the Assumption) at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Dalkey. Deeply regretted by her Religious family, sister, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews. Requiem Mass for Sr. Eileen Scanlon was celebrated at the Church the Holy Family, Kill-o’-the-Grange on 26th April 2014, Funeral immediately after 10am Requiem Mass to Deans Grange Cemetery.


July 11th 02 notes

The Death has occurred of Sr. M. Berchmans O Flaherty of Murhur Moyvane and who died in London recently.

Oct 17th 02 notes

Death of Sister Dympna Nunan of the Presentation Convent Listowel and a native of Ardfert aged over 100 years. Sr. Dympna had a great interest in the Parish as her brother Joe Nunan taught at Kilbaha School from 1944 to 1969 and later transferred to Moyvane National School and thought there till 1975. Her brothers Fr Frank, Brendan and Joseph predeceased her. Requiem Mass for Sr. Dympna was Celebrated by Cannon Linnane who told us that Sister was well able to Celebrate they nearly ran our of Jubilees as she spent over 80 years a nun and 40 years principal of the Convent National School. Many pupils have testified of her abilities as a teacher and friend..

Among the priests in attendance included Fr Hayes, Fr Maher, Fr Fleming, Fr Leahy, Fr Nolan, Fr Kerins several other priests and sisters came to pay their respects. Children of the National School provided a guard of Honour. Sr. Dympna Nunan was laid to rest among the deceased Sisters of the Presentation in the Old Churchyard Listowel. Her Sisters and friends sang a lovely Latin Hymn over her grave in final farewell.

Feb 6th 03

Death: of Sr. Peter Hudson Mercy Sister who gave years of service as Matron of Listowel Hospital. Sr. Peter called Hannah was born in Kilbaha a daughter of Ned Hudson and Hannah Hanrahan. Sr. Peter had one brother William and sisters Margaret, Mary, Bridget, Nora and Eileen. The remains of Sr. Peter lay in repose at St Bridget's Church in the Hospital grounds Listowel all day on Thursday last where great numbers came to say their last goodbye after Requiem Mass in St Mary's Listowel Parish Church on Friday January 31st Sr. Peter Hudson aged 82 years was laid to rest at the Balloonagh, Mercy Convent Grounds, Tralee.

Feb 03

Death: has taken place of Sr. Conrad Windle born Aughrim Moyvane. Sr. Conrad was laid to rest at the Convent Cemetery Balloonagh after Requiem Mass in the Convent Church on Wednesday 19th of February 03

April 3rd 03 Notes

Death of Sr. M Carmel Murphy of Presentation Convent born 82 years ago in Listowel to Thomas Murphy {who's nickname was Colonel Murphy} and Jane Terryman . Sr. Carmel is survived by her brother Tom and sisters Maura and Eleanor, she was Professed in England in 1941 after Profession she spent 33 years in India and Pakistan . It was a delight to hear he recount her time among the Indian people. Sr. Carmel Murphy was laid to rest in the Presentation Convent Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Thursday April 4th.

June 17th 04 Notes

Death: of Sr. Emelian Bunce of the Mercy Convent Balloonagh on June 2nd 04. Sr Emelian was born at Barragogeen on August 2nd 1918 a daughter of Michael and Mary Bunce. She is survived by brothers Mossie and Con, sisters Eileen and Peggy, Mary, Paddy and Michael predeceased Sr. Emelian who was laid to rest at the Convent Cemetery following Requiem Mass at the Convent Chapel Balloonagh on Friday June 4th 04. Sr. Emelian entered the Mercy Convent in 1936 and was professed in 1942 and taught Domestic Science.

July 4th 04 Notes

Death: of Sr. Edmond Walsh of the Presentation Convent Listowel. Sr. Edmond was born 1914 at Kilmurry, Cordal and was professed at Oakpark in 1937 . Requiem Mass attended by her many friends was celebrated in the Convent Chapel on Thursday June 24th , following Mass Sr. Edmond was laid to rest beside her deceased Presentation Sisters in the Old Listowel Churchyard. Sr. Edmond has a nephew Fr Tom Walsh in Florida and a niece Sr. Ita of the Holy Rosary Sisters.

Feb 24th 05 Notes

Death on February 15th 05 of Sr. Lucia aged 97 years and 57 years in the Convent the last of the three Shepard children who saw Our Lady at Fatima in 1917.

July 28th Notes 05

Death of Sr. Consuela (Sheila) Moloney of the Presentation Order Lixnaw, who was predeceased by her parents and only sister Mary Benedict Giltenan of at Milford, Charleville. Sr. Consuela was born 1910 at Ballymacjordan Abbeyfeale to John Moloney and Julia Broder. After being educated in the Mercy Convent Abbeyfeale, the Dominicans in Sion Hill and the Louis Nuns in Monaghan Sheila Moloney entered he Presentation Convent in Lixnaw on 29th September 1928, following training Sr. Consuela taught in Lixnaw, Millstreet, Castleisland, Roxboro and left in the Southern Cross for Dunedin NZ in September 1953 to teach for seven years before returning to Ireland to continue her teaching career. Sr. Consuela Moloney was laid to rest in the convent grounds Lixnaw on Sunday July 17th 05, following Requiem Mass con-celebrated by Fr O Connor, Fr O Connell , Fr Slater and a visiting German priest Fr Joseph. The sisters and priests sang the Salve Regina at the graveside of Sr. Consuela.

Jan 12- 06 Notes

DEATH: Sr. Anthony Joseph( Catherine) Mulvihill died on December 15th 05 at the Holy Faith Convent in Rockferry, Liverpool, she was born at Lower Athea on the 15th of August 1915 to Ned Mulvihill (carpenter) and Ellen McKenna (teacher). Sr. Anthony Joseph entered the Holy Family Order on January 29th 1934, went to (Ceylon) Sri Lanka on 21st August 1935, in 1958 she became principal of Kalutera School in Colombo, all Europeans were expelled from Sri Lanka in 1970, returning to England Sister continued her work in schools, libraries, Pastoral Ministry and was also Mother Superior at Liscard, in 1990 Sr. Anthony Joseph retired to Rockferry.

RECENT Deaths: Sr. Margaret O'Flaherty who died in Baltimore U.S.A. and late of Tubbertureen, Moyvane and for whom Mass will be offered on 20th Feb. at 7.30pm.

Death took place in Baltimore, Maryland of Sr. Margaret Flaherty of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart. Sr. Margaret was born 97 years ago to Edward Flaherty and Catherine McEnery of Tubbertureen, she was alert up to the end and celebrated 75 years in the Convent on February 4th 06. Sr. Margaret's siblings included Nell O Keeffe, Julia Walsh, Sr. Loreto ( Bridie), Sr. Majella (Hanna), Sr. Nuala (Peg), Cathy Scannell, Nora Moore, Con, Jack, Jim, Eddy and Michael in America. Sr. Margaret emigrated to America and after some time entered the convent where she spent the rest of her life supporting the disadvantaged and the poor.

Death of Sr. Ann Maria Kennelly of the Presentation Convent , Lixnaw on 13th of February 06. Sr. Ann Maria was born at Moneen, Lisselton to Tom Kennelly who was a native of Woodford and Lil Pierce, Sr Ann Maria is survived by her siblings Mary, Eileen, Jim, Paddy and her sisters in the Presentation Order, her brother John predeceased her. Following Requiem Mass in the Parish Church in Lixnaw Sr. Ann Maria Kennelly was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery. Sr. Ann Maria's nephew Fr Padraig Kennelly was ordained at Thurles in 1991.

April 27th 06 Notes

DIED in Australia Sr. Brendan Molyneaux of Woodford;

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Johanna Leahy of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph she was born at Beenanasbig on the 23rd of November 1916 to Tim Leahy and Bell Danaher of Glenagore, her siblings include Tim, Paddy, Tom, Dan, Philip, Betty, Bea and Josie.. Sr. Johanna went to Athea National School, went by train from Kilmorna to Secondary school in Lixnaw from September 1932 to July 1934; attended the Convent of the Ladies of Mary, Scarborough, Yorkshire completed Leaving Cert in July 1936; came home July 1936 till she entered Noviciate of the Ladies of Mary, Forest Hill, London in February 1937 where she made First Profession in September 1938, Johanna continued her noviciate in Belgium at Noviciat des Dames de Marie, 140 Rue Edith Cavell, Bruxeiles'38-‘39; returning to Forest Hill, London August 1939 for Final Profession; sailed for America in 1940 to the convent at Rancho Palos Verde's, California. Sr. Johanna Leahy died at the convent of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verde's, Laos Angeles, California 90275 and was laid to rest on Monday18th of September 2006.

Sr. Mary Estelle was born Margaret Cunningham in 1898 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry. Her parents were Richard Cunningham and Brigid Dore. At the age of 17 she and her older sister Johanna joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kansas where a distant relative, John Francis Cunningham, was a bishop. Sr. Mary Estelle worked as a nurse for many years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Belvedere, Illinois where she died in 1987 aged 89.

Johanna, Sr. Mary Estelle's sister, became Sr. Mary Ellen and worked in El Paso, Texas for a time before moving back to Concordia to work in St. Anthony's Hospital there. Sr. Mary Ellen died in Concordia in 198?

(Presentation Convent, Listowel and late of Dingle, Co. Kerry) Sr. Clare GROMMELL, died May 27, 2009, deeply regretted by her loving Community, brother-in-law Joe, Requiem Mass (Saturday)May 30th `09 in Listowel Church. Burial afterwards in the Presentation Plot at St. Michael's Cemetery, Listowel.

Death of Sr Anthony O Carroll of Knockanure, report in the Tullow Annals.

"Today. we were saddened and indeed very shocked at the sudden death of Sr Anthony Carroll, R.I.P. She was a Brigidine Sister home on a visit from the Victorian province. She had been in poor health for some time before she left Australia. She arrived safely here at her Alma Mater and after resting for a short time left for her native Kerry, where her relatives were extremely kind to her. She remained with them a few months. Rev. Mother General and Sister Perpetua (from the Victorian province) visited her and Sr Anthony unexpectedly decided to return here (Tullow)with them.

She made the long journey safely, but as she was being helped down to the Sisters' dining room after her arrival, she collapsed. The priest and doctor were quickly in attendance, but the dear soul had gone to her reward - her wish to die in Tullow had been granted."

More on Sr Anthony O Carroll.

Her uncle Fr Luke Carroll born Knockanure 1856 died 1938 in Los Angeles in retirement.

Her Family from her mothers side Lynch

May also be related to Fr Kissane who was head at Maynooth long ago.

Found grave inscriptions at Lislaughtin Churchyard, Ballylongford for Lynch Family.

Rev P Lynch of Ballarat erected stone in memory Nora Lynch who died 1934, also for Johanna Lynch died 1935, also John P Lynch died 1949.

Rev Tim Lynch Australia erected stone for Tim Lynch, Kilgarvin who died 11th March 1896 aged 36 years, his uncle Pat Lynch died 11th May 1907 aged 79 years.

Death; Sister Joan Kirby C.P. died on June 13, 2012, at Cross and Passion Convent Villa Pacis, Glen Road, Belfast, survived by her sisters Eileen, Frances and Mary,her sisters in Community and all the sisters of the Cross and Passion. Requiem Mass at St. Matthew's Church, Newtownards Road for Sr. Joan on June 16th, followed by Interment in Milltown Cemetery. Sr. Joan Kirby was born at Derrindaff.

DEATH took place on 9th January 2013 of Sr. Vincent Buckley of Presentation Convent, Killarney. Sr. Vincent was born at Clounmacon, Listowel and entered the Presentation Order in Cork in 1941. She was predeceased by siblings, Diarmuid, Lizzie and Sr. Barbara and is survived by her sisters Mary O Shea, Sr. Vianney and Sr. Immaculate. Following Requiem Mass at the Cathedral Killarney on 13th January 2013 Sr. Vincent Buckley was laid to rest Aghadoe Cemetery.

WHITE, Fr James Jr 1915-1996

Born in Coole East, Athea, Co. Limerick, 31 October 1915, Jim did his secondary studies in Rockwell and having joined the Congregation he made his first profession in 1938. Having done Philosophy in Kimmage, he prefected in Rockwell and was ordained in 1944. While working on the farm in Kill during the holidays, under the supervision of Fr Jim White senior, he suffered a severe injury to his back from which he fortunately made a good a recovery. He was recalled as a steadying influence among his confreres as he was seen to be devout, peaceful and supportive. Appointed to The Gambia in 1945 Fr Jim was to spend his life in the service of that mission except for a year (1950-51) spent in Newark, Nottingham. He has been described as a man of deep faith, gifted with a charism for listening to the problems of others and showing a profound respect for them. All in the mission - priests, Sisters and the faithful - looked to him as a father. Fr Jim had his own cross to carry. Diagnosed as suffering from Hanson's disease (leprosy), he persevered with a long, drawn-out drug and exercise treatment and showed that leprosy is curable with modern treatment. From 1945 to 1960 Jim worked in the Falabantang-Sambang area. Basse mission was 60 miles to the east of him and Bwiam 120 miles to the west. There was no road, merely a bush path. This meant a life of loneliness, but Jim had the inner resources that his confreres had noted during his student days and later he had drawn on to sustain his confreres in moments of frustration and depression. He reminded them "that the seeds of the Word were in the culture, in the situation; that the Spirit was working quietly but effectively; that it was their great privilege to share in the triumphant action of the Holy Spirit; and that this was always a task of patience and hope." After almost sixty years of dedicated service to the mission in The Gambia Fr Jim White died in Banjul 28 February 1996. He was buried in The Gambia. IPNl

WALSH, Fr John 1868-1897

The first member of the American Province to go to Africa, John was born 8 July 1868 in Ballydonohoe, Co. Kerry. He emigrated with his family to America and at the age of 19 he entered the juniorate at Pittsburgh in 1887. Sent to France to do his higher studies, he was ordained 1895. At his own request he was appointed to Africa in spite of his family's attempts to have him retained in the USA. Appointed to Sierra Leone in 1896 he arrived at Bonthe in perfect health and full of enthusiasm. Half a year later, he was hit by blackwater fever and after but four days illness Fr Walsh died at Sherbo 9 May 1897 aged 33. His family, we are told, still reveres him as a saint. BG 18, 846f; SpWW 123.

Thanks for the details on Fr O Connor.

But last night after sending you the link to St James Church found by accident that Fr P. J. O Connor died on 28th July 1952 he was Pastor of St James , born Ballybunion Parish Jan. 1st 1883 Ordained Carlow 1907 . First went to St Edward's Church St Louis went to help Fr E Casey who was also Ord in Carlow in 1881, Fr Flaherty was also a Carlow man. Fr. O Connor from 1918 till his death was at St James Parish, found the above in the Carlovan Magazine for 1954.


August 2010

FR SEAMUS LINNANE:. Fr Seamus is a native of Ballydonoghue. He has been Parish Priest of Listowel for the past 14 years and, before that, he was Parish Priest of Duagh. His early ministry was as teacher and President of St Brendan’s College, Killarney and President of St Michael’s College, Listowel.

DEATH took place at St Joseph’s Convent Ferbane, Co Offaly of Sr. Declan Murphy on July 19th 2010. Sr. Declan was born at Knockanure. She is survived by her brother John and Sisters of St Joseph, and was predeceased by her sisters Kitty O Connor and Julia Nolan, brothers Michael and Billy. Following Requiem Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ferbane, on Wednesday July 21st Sr. Declan Murphy was laid to rest at Gallen Priory Cemetery.

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny was founded by Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey in 1797 in Chalon, they now work in 60 different countries in 5 continents. Sr. Declan Murphy of Knockanure and Ferbane was Professed in 1945, daughter of Michael Murphy and Maria Galvin of Knockanure. Her grandfather was the second generation of the Murphy's in Knockanure, died 1906, his wife Marie O Connor died 1908.


SR Liam Sheila Walsh and Sr. Carmel Hannah Walsh joined Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary a Belgium order.

Sr. Liam born 1912 died 16 Nov. 2002, she took the name Liam when she entered in memory of her brother Liam who died age 16 in 1926. Sr. Liam was educated at Cabra in Dublin and spent 8 years teaching in India and Pakistan. Returned to Ireland and went to Moor Abbey and worked at Grove House where postulants were educated , she was a singer and loved music and played the organ in church.

Sr. Carmel Walsh, born 24th Jan 1918, died 29th April 2007. After National School she went to Moyderwell School in Tralee. Entered convent and went to Hollymount, Lancashire, England as a postulant, then went to Ghent in Belgium. Sr Carmel was a fluent French speaker, returning to England she trained as a general nurse at St John’s and St Elizabeth’s Hospital. The order was opening a hospital for epileptic women at the former home of John McCormack at Moor Abbey, so Sr. Carmel was sent there to take charge. The hospital later became a training hospital for special needs. In 1964 Sr. Carmel opened a home for children with special needs at Delvin, Co West Meath. She went back again to Moor Abbey as director of nursing and was on the Nursing Board of Ireland and in 1994 she was person of the year for her work with special needs in Ireland. Sr. Carmel Walsh ended her days in the nursing home for elderly nuns at Moor Abbey.

Note from Mary McElligott.

DEATH: Sr. Cornelius (Biddy) Holly of Abbey House, Rathfarnham and Tarbert, died on June 4, 2012, pre- deceased by her sister Carmel (Sr Patrick IBVM), her brothers Mick, Fr Paddy CSSp and Fr Con CSSp; survived by her brother Maurice and her Loreto Community. Requiem Mass for Sr. Cornelius was celebrated in the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham on June 7th, she was laid to rest in Abbey House Cemetery. Sr. Holly was in her 100th year.

DEATH; Rev. Michael Francis Kennelly, S.J., aged 96, departed this life on January 3, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of Timothy Kennelly and Mary Jane Hanrahan Kennelly, he was born on May 22, 1914 in Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co Kerry. Fr Michael is survived by his sister Mary Jane Conlon in New York and brother Tim Kennelly at Charleville, Predeceased by his sisters Mrs. Breda Clifford, Miss Katherine Kennelly, and Mrs. ELizabeth Kelly, his brothers John Kennelly, Patrick Kennelly, Rev. William Kennelly, Daniel Kennelly, and James Kennelly. Requiem Mass for Fr Michael Francis Kennelly was celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church 6363 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans on Friday, January 7- 2011 following Mass Michael F Kennelly was laid to rest at St. Charles College at Grand Coteau, LA. Mass in thanksgiving of his life at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane on Saturday Feb. 19th 2011 at 7.30pm . Fr, M. F. Kennelly went to the United States in 1929, he attended Regis High School in New York and the then high-school division of Spring Hill College, graduating in 1933. He joined the Society of Jesus, on June 9th 1933 at the novitiate in Grand Coteau, LA. After three years of teaching at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, Michael began theology studies for the priesthood, ordained on June 16, 1946 in St. Mary's College in Kansas. Father Kennelly was principal in St. John's High School in Shreveport, LA from 1948-53 and then became president of Jesuit High School in Tampa [1953-59), where he supervised the move of the school to its present location. He then founded Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston, TX, where he served as president until 1970. From 1970-74, he served as president of Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. The older members of our parish recall the musical ability of Fr Kennelly and his family, many the family and party occasion they contributed to the entertainment.

Eucharistic Miracle: 2009?

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 9:28 PM

The Eucharistic Miracle from Lanciano, Italy (750 A.D.)

If reports from Poland are true, an alleged Eucharistic miracle that took place a year ago may have merit.

According to a Polish blog, the Metropolitan Curia of Bialystok has announced the results of the investigation of an Ecclesial Commission appointed by Archbishop Edward Ozorowski on March 30, 2009. The original post (in Polish) can be found here.

Father Andrzej Kakareko, Chancellor, writes that on October 12, 2008, a consecrated Host fell out of the hands of the priest distributing Holy Communion. The priest had it picked up and placed in the vasculum in the Tabernacle. After Mass, the vasculum and its contents were transferred to the safe in the sacristy.

Seven days later, after opening the safe, a red stain was seen on the Host. Ten days afer that, the vessel with the Host was transferred to the Tabernacle in the chapel of the rectory. The next day, the Host was removed from the water and placed on the corporal in the Tabernacle.

On January 7, 2009 a sample from the host was sent to the University in Bialystok for analysis. According to two medical professionals, professor Maria Sobaniec-Lotowska and professor Stanislaw Sulkowski, the sample, in their opinion, most resembled the myocardial (heart) tissue of a living organism.

As part of its investigation, the Commission interviewed witnesses and pathomorphology experts. The Commission determined that there was no third-party intervention. The case has been forwarded to the Apostolic Nunciature in Warsaw.

While unusual in this day and age, the Church has a long history of Eucharistic miracles. The Vatican International Exhibition's "Eucharistic Miracles of the World" documents more than 130 worldwide miracles of the Eucharist, demonstrating that Jesus Christ in the Eucharist - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - continues to make his presence manifest at unique times and places in history.

Perhaps the most famous and well-known, is the Miracle of Lanciano, which occurred about 750 A.D. It bears repeating as it closely resembles the alleged Polish miracle. During Mass, the celebrant doubted the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. During the consecration, the Host transformed into flesh and blood. Subsequent investigations confirmed the authenticity of the human tissue. An investigation, as late as 1970, found the flesh to be cardiac tissue and the blood to be type AB.

North of the remote shores of Lake Manitoba in Canada, is the tiny village

of Mulvihill. It lies along what used to be the Canadian National Railway

line to Hudson Bay at Churchill and was a divisional point for the railroad.

In its heyday, Mulvihill had a train station, boarding house, cream grading

station, blacksmith shop, grist mill, trading post, butcher shop, coal dock,

fish storage shed, post office, church, a livery barn that could shelter

twenty teams, five stores, three schools and a dancehall. The homesteaders

built the first school in 1912. Roads were mainly rough trails. The growing

season was very short, the winters brutally cold. Wildlife was abundant.

They fished, hunted and gathered wild berries and mushrooms. They drove

oxen and horses. They grew grain and kept pigs, cattle, chicken and geese.

They enjoyed home-brewed beer, baseball, dances and frequent surprise

and card parties. The northern lights and natural beauty of the area graced

their lives.

One of the families that settled in Mulvihill had been scheduled to board

The Titanic, but since the doomed ship was overbooked, they ended up on

another ship bound for Canada.

Mulvihill, Manitoba is one hundred miles north of Winnepeg on Highway

6, between Ashern and Eriksdale. The post office there was originally

called Mona. Around 1913 it was changed to Mulvihill, although oddly,

the Mulvihill Cemetery has a 1910 date. The town was named for a

Roman Catholic priest who traveled the district. Father Mulvihill was of

the OMI-Order of Mary Immaculate and was also the Reeve, similar to a

mayor, of the municipality of St. Laurent. Manitoba was settled by

French, Scandinavians, Irish, Scottish, English, Icelandic, Polish and

others. It is rich with the culture of the Métis (people of mixed Native

Canadian and European descent). Mennonites also colonized Manitoba.

At some point, much of the town was destroyed by fire. According to

clansman Ed Connolly, there are now only about ten houses and one

general store/luncheonette in Mulvihill. We know of no Mulvihills who

live there or are buried there. If anyone knows anything about the priest or

any clansfolk who might have lived in or near Mulvihill, please let us

know. Fr Mulvihill may be of Kilbaha Moyvane, Co Kerry.

Sr Martina Scanlon

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Sr Martina Scanlon, Tourmakeady, Claremorris and Kerry

THE death took place on September 10 `09 in Castlebar Hospital of Sr Martina Scanlon. She was a native of Kerry and had a very long association with the county of Mayo.

Sr Martina was born Mary Scanlon in Knockanure, Moyvane, Co Kerry on January 24, 1919. She attended the local schools and, in her late teens, came to Claremorris to continue her education in the Rural Domestic Economy School, which was run by the Sisters of Mercy.

Having completed the course, she decided to become a Sister of Mercy and entered the Convent of Mercy in Tuam in 1944. After her final vows in 1950, she was transferred to Colaiste Mhuire, Tourmakeady. There she remained for 42 years, working in the college and taking care of the young students.

Sr Martina enjoyed those years on the shores of Lough Mask. She became fluent in the Irish language and endeared herself to the students, their families and the local people.

Naturally, there were the occasional trips to Kerry to visit family and friends. Her sisters, Ellen, Julia, Bridie, Catherine and brother Timmy always had a cead mile failte for her and, like all Kerry people, she never forgot where she came from. This was always very evident on many all-Ireland final days!

When the Sisters bade farewell to Colaiste Mhuire in 1990 and came to live in Claremorris, Martina was happy to begin a new life in Bethany, D'Alton Street. She soon got to know the local people and became involved in some organisations including the Legion of Mary and the Apostolic Work as well as the set dancing and, in later years, Claremorris Active Retirement group.

She was happy to reside so close to St Colman's Church and made many visits there each day. Of course, the central location of Claremorris on the main north-south road meant there was a direct run to Kerry also. She could take the bus from D'Alton Street and arrive in Listowel, where her sister Ellie lived, in a few hours. She was a great traveller and enjoyed day-trips from Curam and with the Active Retirement group in the summertime every year.

Martina was a very gentle and prayerful person and spent many hours in the presence of the Lord. In later years, her health began to fail. She had surgery in August 2006 and spent two weeks convalescing in Cuan Cháitríona in Castlebar. She was happy there and decided that it would be best for her to remain as she needed nursing care. That was three years ago.

She regained her strength there and was taken home to Claremorris for Sunday dinner many times. The members of her Community in Claremorris visited her weekly and she was always happy and content. She became weaker in recent months and became very ill on September 15. She was removed to the hospital and the Lord called her home on September 17.

After reposing in Cuan Chaitriona Nursing Home, removal took place to St Colman's Church, Claremorris. Mass of the Resurrection was concelebrated by Rev Peter Gannon, accompanied by Rev Martin Gleeson, Rev Austin Fergus and Rev Michael Coyne. Burial took place afterwards in Claremorris cemetery.

Go ndeana a Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.

From Mayo News

O'HANLON Fr Tommy - (Columban Fathers, Pakistan) (late of Dooncaha House, Tarbert, Co. Kerry and the Phillipines). After a brief illness on June 6, 2010 in Lahore, Pakistan. Beloved son of the late Patrick and Mary O'Hanlon and brother of recently deceased John, brother-in-law of the late Brendan Flynn; very deeply regretted by his brothers and sisters, Fr Jim in Nottingham, Paddy in Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick, Noirin in Listowel, Brid Brassil in Dublin, Mary Flynn in Dublin, Ned in Tarbert, Mike in Milton Keynes and Eileen Hyland, Letterkenny; aunt Noreen, brothers- in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family, relatives, his Columban Confreres and his many friends in Tarbert, Ireland, London, Pakistan, the Philippines and the USA. Funeral Mass and burial in Lahore, Pakistan tomorrow (Thursday) June 10, 2010. Memorial Mass in St. Mary's Church Tarbert Saturday June 26, 2010 at 11o'clockAr dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal

Fr Thomas O'Hanlon (above and below) died in hospital in Lahore last night, Sunday 5 June, at 10:54 local time. He had a mild stroke on 25 May but four days later had a relapse and ws admitted to the ICU.

Father Tommy, as most of us knew him, was from County Kerry, Ireland, and entered the Columban seminary late in September 1963. He was a few weeks later than his classmates. However, he had a good reason to be late: on the thrid Sunday of September he captained the Kerry Minor (under-18) Gaelic Football team to victory in that year's Minor All-Ireland championship. He was ordained in December 1969 and went to Mindanao, Philippines, in 1970. He served there till 1979 when he went with the first group of Columbans to our new mission in Pakistan.

Father Tommy was given the name 'Tanvir' by an elderly man shortly after his arrival in Pakistan. The name means 'inner light'. Father Tomás King, the Columban coordinator in Pakistan, said of our late confrere, 'Tanvir has passed on but his light burns in the lives and memories of the people he encountered and touched. he was passionate for justice which in later years evolved into a passion for the care of the Earth.' He had a doggedness about him too that could be exasperating at times but was never obstructive or negative. Something of his passion is captured in the photo above, which appeared in the American Columban magazine, Columban Mission, in 1996, as did the other photos here.

Father King wrote of his death: 'Tanvir died peacefully in the presence of Columban Lay Missionaries, Sisters and Fathers after anointing and while the rosary was being recited.'

Coming so soon after the sudden death of my classmate, Fr Pat McCaffrey (photo above) in Pakistan on 18 May, this is devastating for the Columban priests, Sisters and lay missionaries in Pakistan. Father Tommy was 64 or 65 and Father Pat 66. I know you will keep them all in your prayers.

DEATH on 12th December 2011 of Sr. Mary Kevin (Josephine) Enright of Holy Child Convent, Stable Lane, Off Harcourt Street (formerly of Tarbert, remembered by her Holy Child Sisters, her family, sisters Aquin and Rosalie (MSHR), Margaret (Buckley) and Breda (Cronin), brothers Jerry, Danny and Tommy, Sr. Enright was predeceased by her brothers Fr. Tim C.S.Sp. and Jimmy. Funeral Mass was celebrated on 14th December 2011 in the Carmelite Church, Whitefriar Street, followed by Burial in Deansgrange Cemetery.

Death took place of Fr. Timothy Hanrahan pastor of St Josephs Church Bonneauville, Adams County on 16h October 1935, he was aged 41 . He died from a fracture at the base of his skull following a car crash. He was in a car with three other priests on their way to the Consecration of Bishop George L Leech of Philadelphia . The car crashed into a telephone pole and culvert while overtaking a machine. Fr Hanrahan was born at Kilbaha, Moyvane, Co Kerry and was a priest for nineteen years. He studied at St Patrick’s College Carlow and went to America in 1918.He served first at St Francis Church Harrisburg and then moved to St Ignatius Church Centralia; St Joseph’s Locust Gap; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mt. Carmel and St Patrick’s York. For eight years he was Chaplain at Mont Alto and was four years at Bonneauville. Fr Timothy Hanrahan was survived by his sister Eileen O Hanrahan Dunne at Harrisburg his only survivor in the U.S. Siblings in Ireland Mary Walsh, Leitrim East; Margaret Culhane Kinard, Glin; Hannie Hudson, Kilbaha; Kitty Hanrahan and her husband Michael Mulvihill at Coolaclarig; Michael Hanrahan and his wife Bridget Shanahan at Kilbaha; Brian Hanrahan and his wife Mary McCoy. Fr Hanrahan was son of John Hanrahan and Margaret Cunningham of Kilbaha, Moyvane. He died in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA on 16th October 1935 and was laid to rest at Bonneauville.

11th September 2010

We regret to announce the death on 11th September 2010 at St.Joseph’s Centre (Nursing Home), Shankhill, Dublin , at the age of 86, Joseph Walsh was born on the 17th of April 1924 in Moyvane, Co.Kerry. His parents were Maurice Walsh and Mary Hanrahan; his siblings were Maurice, Mary Ellen, Jack, Jimmy, Liz Sr. Ida, Timmy, Bill, Peggy and Brian. Fr Joe Walsh had an uncle a Priest from his father and mothers side. Fr Tim Hanrahan born c 1890 ordained for Harrisburg in 1919, dies in car crash 16th Oct. 1935 was his uncle. He received his secondary education in St.Joseph’s College, Freshford, which was run by the Mill Hill Missionaries. On his way to becoming a Mill Hill Missionary priest: from 1943 to 1945 he studied Philosophy in Burnhall, Durham, England, and moved from there to study Theology in St.Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London. On the 1st of November 1948 he took his Perpetual Oath and was ordained in Mill Hill on the 10th of July 1949 by the Apostolic Delegate, Archbishop Matthews.

After his ordination, Fr.Joseph (Joe) taught in the Mill Hill Missioanries College, Freshford, for one year before being admitted for a BA degree course in University College, Cork. He was appointed to Kuching, Borneo, in 1953, and spent the next ten years in teaching and parish ministry. He took a year’s Diploma Course in Education in Glasgow University in 1964. This course marked the beginning of Joseph Walsh’s missionary life in Europe, which included teaching in Freshford, work in Glasgow and Dublin, editing of the Irish and Scottish editions of ‘St Joseph’s Advocate’, parish work in Belfast, and chaplaincy work at Nazareth House in Edinburgh. Fr. Joseph used his talents in classrooms, from the pulpits, and at the editor’s desk.

In 1999, Joseph Walsh retired to St.Joseph’s House, Dublin, where he celebrated his Diamond Jubilee as a Priest last year. He moved to St.Joseph’s Nursing Home, Shank Hill, Dublin, a year ago because of his medical condition. His health deteriorated gradually over the past few weeks. He received the Sacrament of the Sick yesterday afternoon, in the presence of his sister Peg, and his nephew Sean Walsh. Fr. Joseph passed away at 1.45 am this morning. His requiem mass will take place on Monday the 13th of September in St.Joseph’s House, Mill Hill Missionaries, Rathgar, followed by burial in Bohernabreena cemetery at the foot of the Dublin mountains.


Pope Benedict XVI is in England 19th Sept. 2010 to canonize John Henry

Newman. Born in London in February 1801 to John Newman, a banker and his

wife, John Jnr. was brought up in the Protestant Faith. He was a brilliant

student who delighted in reading the Bible and went to Oxford University in

1825 where he was a brilliant student and was ordained into the Anglican

priesthood. He read widely, did parochial work while he taught at Oxford

University. He also did deep research into the Christian Church. He saw the

Catholic Church as being in error and the Pope as anti Christ. Worried about

the lax nature of the Anglican faith, John was involved in the Oxford

Movement which sought to reform Anglicanism. Going on a European tour in

1832 he was impressed with Rome, but saw the Catholic Faith as “degrading

and idolatrous”. He wrote Tracts aiming to make the Church of England more

disciplined and more sound in its doctrine. He had a huge influence because

of his writing and preaching, but was much criticized by the Anglican

establishment. In 1842 John withdrew to live a monastic life, writing and

reflecting, until finally in 1845 he was received into the Catholic Church.

He was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome in 1846. Joining an order of

priests devoted to reflection and meditation he wrote many articles, books

and poems including The Sacred Spring, his autobiography, The Dream of

Gerontius, and Idea of a University. At the invitation of the Irish Bishops

John was invited to Dublin where he spent four years trying to found a Irish

University. He was very involved in education and founded a school for boys

as well as being involved in publishing and writing. He was very influential

in England defending the Catholic Church, its doctrine and social justice.

John’s credibility and popularity as well as his sincerity helped to make

the Catholic Church respectable and influential in England after the dark

days of the Penal Laws and persecution. His writings reflect his deep

spiritual life and he is the author of many hymns including Lead Kindly

Light. Finally, in 1879 John was elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope

Leo XIII, an honour which was very well received by all Catholics and non

Catholics in England. He died in 1890. In 1991 a miracle was attributed to

him and John was declared Venerable. Pope Benedict canonized him in



Fr. Kevin. St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney

Sr. Mary Mahony

Sister Mary Mahony was born in Ballydonoghue on Wednesday, 3rd May 1916, the day that Padraig Pearse was executed in Kilmainham Jail. Her parents were Maurice and Ellen Mahony. She was educated at Lisselton National School. When she was fifteen years old the Redemptorists were preaching a mission in the parish. One of the missioners, Fr. Collier, spoke to the teenagers of the parish about vocations. Some time later Sr. Bernardine Mahony (Ballyegan) was on holidays. She and Mother Liguori (of the same order) met with a group of girls. Three of this group, among them Sr. Mary, agreed to enrol in their order as postulants. Mother Liguori got a letter of reference for Sr. Mary from Canon Michael Fuller, P.P. of Ballybunion from 1914 to 1936.

Sr. Bernardine and the three postulants, along with other sisters from the order, sailed from Queenstown for France in 1932. Mary was then 16 years old. They travelled to Holy Cross near Le Mans to join the French order, Congregation des Marianites de Sainte Croix (The Marianites of Holy Cross). This order was founded in 1841 by Fr. Basil Moreau. Her two friends returned home after some time, for different reasons. She was professed in 1934 and took the name, Sr. Finian. (Finian is an Irish saint. He had a monastery in Clonard in the midlands). After Vatican Council II she was given the option of using her own name, Mary. This she did. She was posted to French Hospital, Manhattan, New York in November 1934. Due to World War II Mary didn’t see Ballydonoghue or her family again for 15 years i.e. 1947. Her second visit home was ten years later – 1957. On both those occasions she travelled from the U.S. by passenger liner. Her first visit home by air was in 1964. Sr. Mary worked for 39 years in French Hospital, New York. She was then posted to the U.S. headquarters of the order in Princeton, New Jersey, where she spent 8 years. In 1981 she was moved to Mater Dei Nursing Home, Newfield, New Jersey, where she worked for 22 years, until she retired in 2003. In November of that year she and some other sisters moved to McAuley Health Care Centre, run by the Sisters of Mercy, in Watchung, New Jersey, where she remained until her death.

Sr. Mary died on Tuesday, 19th January 2010, aged 93 years, in her 78th year as a religious sister. Anne and I visited my aunt three weeks before her death. She showed us the Christmas cards she had received from our neighbours in Ballydonoghue. They meant so much to her. She asked about everyone, family and neighbours. As we said goodbye to each other on that cold December evening we knew that we probably wouldn’t see one another again on this earth. And so, it proved to be. I was back again in McAuley Heath Care Centre for Sr. Mary’s Funeral Mass on Saturday, 23rd January and for her burial in the order’s cemetery in Princeton. Sr. Mary was pre-deceased by her sister, Bridie, and her brothers, Maurice, Martin, John and Con.

Even though Sr. Mary left Ballydonoghue at the age of 16 years she never lost touch with her native parish. She loved hearing news from home. She really appreciated the cards and letters from our neighbours. She enjoyed her life as a religious sister. She told me if she was starting out in life again she would do the same. All her family are proud of her. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Marina Daly C.P. late of Duagh, Listowel,on

March 9, 2010 deeply regretted by her community of Cross and Passion

Sisters, her brother Michael, sisters Philomena and Bernadette,

sister-in-law Nora, brother-in-law William, nephews, nieces, grandnephews,

grand- nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. Removal from Cross and

Passion Convent, 22 Griffith Avenue on Tuesday 16th March at 11 o'c. to St.

Vincent De Paul Church, Marino for Requiem Mass. Sr Marina Daly was laid to

rest at Glasnevin Cemetery.

Sister Elaine McElligott

HOUSTON - Sister Elaine McElligott, CCVI completed her pilgrimage in this life on June 21, 2007 at St. Placidus Convent, Villa de Matel Center, Houston, Texas. She is now enjoying the fullness of Life in God’s presence.

Sister Elaine was born March 28, 1917 to Thomas McElligott and Bridget Flaherty McElligott in Moyvane, Co. Kerry, Ireland. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas on September 8, 1932. Sister consecrated her life to God through profession of Vows on May 4, 1939. The Mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word is to Incarnate God’s love to all especially the sick and the poor. In, 1943, Sister became a certified Record Room Liberian. Faithful to the mission entrusted to her, Sister Elaine served for the next forty four years as Director of Medical Records in the following ministries: St. Patrick Hospital, Lake Charles, Louisiana; Schumpert Memorial Hospital Shreveport, Louisiana; St. Bernardine’s Hospital, San Bernardino, California and St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont, Texas. From 1984-2002 Sister served as Hospitality Minister at St. Mary Hospital Galveston, Texas and in the Out Patient Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Center at St. Mary Hospital, Port Arthur, Texas. She loved people and this ministry gave her an excellent opportunity to extend hospitality and love to all she met. She had a great love for children. The children’s eyes would light up when they saw her! She always kept candy available for them.

In 2002, Sister retired to St. Placidus Convent. During her years in retirement Sister Elaine enjoyed spending time in prayer, reading and keeping up with family and friends. Blessed John XXIII said shortly before he died: ‘ my bag is packed and I am ready to go.’ During the past several weeks, Sister Elaine had her bag packed and she waited patiently and peacefully for God to come and take her home.

Sister Elaine is survived by one Sister Julia Leahy, Co. Kerry, Ireland; a number of nephews and nieces including: Eamon O’Conner and wife Mary; Micheal O’ Connor; Dennis O’ Conner and wife Maureen; Roger O’ Connor and wife Ann; Maurice O’Conner and wife Delores; Thomas O’ Connor and wife Eileen; Garry McElligott; Bernadette O’ Sullivan and husband Kevin; Elaine Harnett and husband Tim; Deirdre O’ Shea and husband James; Ann O’ Sullivan and husband Michael. She is also survived by a number of grand-nieces and grand-nephews; several cousins and host of friends.

Myles KEARNEY died 18 Jul 1979 in Moyvane, Co. Kerry and was buried in Ahavoher Cemetery, Gale Bridge, Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

Myles was educated at St. Michael's College, Listowel, Co. Kerry after which he studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick's College in Carlow. He was ordained in 1938 and was sent to the United State to serve in the diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He subsequently worked in Louisiana, initially in Baton Rouge, and was later appointed parish priest at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in St. Francisville in Louisiana where he spent 18 years. Retired 1973 to Ireland

Sarah (Sr. Lydia de Eugena) KEARNEY was born about 1914. She died 2003 in Raheny, Dublin.

Sarah joined the order of the Little Sisters of the Poor and spent a number of years in France. At the time of the death of her mother in 1957 Sarah was serving at St. Mary's Home in Cork, but she later moved to Dublin.

Sr. James (Teresa Kennelly) of Lixnaw Parish & a Sr. of charity of Jesus & Mary based in Lancashire.

Former head teacher of Hollymount School, aged 82 years who died on May 16, 2014. Requiem mass will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at St Hildas RC Church Tottington, at 1.00pm followed by burial at Hollymount Cemetery. All enquiries please to J and A Porter, Windsor Road, Ansdell, Lytham St Annes Tel. 01253 735423

AUSTRALIA: The Advocate of September 26th 1945 reports the death of Fr Con Hanrahan, Parish Priest of East Malvern for 17 years. Fr Hanrahan died September 20th after spending several months in hospital, Fr Hanrahan noted that at Melbourne Hospital, you will see real charity, all are treated there without distinction. Fr Hanrahan was born at Moyvane in 1892 and ordained at All Hollows Dublin in 1917, went to Australia in a returning troop ship early 1918 and served in the Melbourne Archdiocese for 28 years. Archbishop Mannix presided at the Requiem Mass for Fr Con Hanrahan and was assisted by Rev W P Hackett, S J, Fr P Loughnan PP, Rev T Keogh, Rev J Durkin PP, Rev B Geoghegan PP, Rev P Gleesonn PP, Rev W Ebsworth PP, Rev M Brosnan PP, Rev L P Moran, Rev Harold. The choir consisted of 150 regular and diocesan priests . Cantors were, Rev Dr Jones, Rev B Murphy, R Rafter and A Randall. Coffin bearers were, Mr Maher, Hurley, Hogan, Winter, Welch and Murphy. Pallbearers, J O Shea representing Y.C.W., W J Welch representing C.Y.M.S., Messer’s Nash, Fahey and Mc Corkell, Holy Name Society, St Mary’s; Mr T Pearson , Holy Name Society, Holy Eucharist Church; Rev W Ryan former Parish Secretary and M J Mc Donnell former parishioner. Members of the Ladies Sacred heart Sodality and the Children of Mary from both sections of the Parish were at the graveside.

Work carried out in the Parish of East Melvern by Fr Hanrahan included, replacing the presbytery, cost £2,000; 1933 added room to school at cost of £850; Extra Church built in 1935; In 1939 , school was again remodelled and extended at cost of £4,000; Stained glass windows and pulpit in church cost £ 650; The Parish debt in 1929 was £8,300 and the time of his death it was reduced to £7,000.

DEATH took place on 8th March 2012 of Sr. M. Pius O Farrell, Presentation Sisters, Evergreen Street, Cork and formerly of 75 Church Street, Listowel, she was predeceased by her brother John Paul O'Farell. Sr. Pius is survived by sisters Birdie Browne of Listowel, Ernie McDermott in Limerick, Angela Whelan , Listowel, Maonna Lorigan,Macroom and Presentation Sisters. Following Requiem Mass in Listowel Church, Sr. Pius O Farrell was laid to rest in St Michaels Churchyard, Listowel on 10th March 2012. Kerryman of July 9th 1949 reports Profession at Presentation Convent, Tralee of Sr. M Pius , Josephine O Farrell of Listowel.

DEATH: Sr. Eucaria Leahy of Abbeydorney died 2 nd Nov. 2011 aged 99 years, was a Presentation Sister.

Born on the 19th of the 11th 1911 Eucharia was professed in 1940 and she was among the first Sisters to come to New Zealand in 1953. From that day to this she has lived at the Presentation Convent in Green Island. The affection, love and esteem that she has always been held in has followed her through her teaching years, her retirement and now with her aging and her hearing disability she is still loved by all those whom she taught, ministered to and befriended over the 50 years she has been here.

Sister Pauline Maloney, who has lived with Eucharia in Green Island for many of those 54 years, has provided the following thoughts:

On November 19th, 2007, we, in the Green Island community celebrated Sr M. Eucharia’s ninety sixth birthday. The occasion was graced by some special people who are so much part of her life.

Sr Eucharia came to New Zealand in 1953 together with six other sisters from the Kerry group. She taught in newly founded St Peter Chanel School – new entrants in those days- for one year and then opened a junior school in the neighbouring Corstorphine area. She was loved by her little pupils, and like Nano, she always had a place in her heart for the “special” ones.

Eucharia was also a brilliant speech teacher and her pupils excelled at their exams. After retirement she became parish sacristan and only retired from this ministry when health problems prevented her from being involved.

This “lovely lady” is a gift in our area. She is well loved and respected because of her graciousness and sense of humour. At each school Mass she shakes hands with each child as they leave the Church and blesses them. The children continue to love her and take every opportunity to be with her. But it is her faith and love of the Lord that make her the committed religious in the Presentation congregation. Her two special loves are the Church and the Eucharist. The day Eucharia goes to Eucharist are days when heaven comes to earth for her. “Thanks be to God for the Mass” is frequently on her lips.

May she reach the hundred and be blessed a hundredfold on the way.

Farewell to Catherine Mulcahy

The 19th November was also marked by a great sadness: Catherine Mulcahy who has been in New Zealand for 43 years left us to return to Ireland. Catherine has been an integral part of the New Zealand Unit holding positions in teaching, leadership and more recently bursar. She is already sorely missed and will be long into the future. However we wish Catherine every blessing and she is in our prayers as she settles into the Irish winter among her friends, family and sisters.

Leahy, Mary Gonzaga


Catholic nun, hospital matron

By Pauline F. Engel


Ellen Leahy was born on 12 June 1870 to Bridget McNamara and her husband, Daniel Leahy, who farmed in the Waimea West district near Nelson, New Zealand. The family later moved to Blenheim where Ellen was educated by the Sisters of Mercy. She entered the novitiate of this congregation at St Mary's Convent, Auckland, on 19 November 1894 and as Sister Mary Gonzaga made her first vows on 24 September 1897.

In November that year she was sent to St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, to train as a nurse. Her training was interrupted when she returned to New Zealand in December 1898 to become the first matron at the new Coromandel Hospital. The superior of St Mary's Convent, Mother Mary Ignatius (Mary Prendergast), had responded to an appeal in 1896 for Sisters of Mercy to nurse at the hospital. The request had come from the secretary of the Coromandel Hospital Board, whose father had been impressed by the Sisters of Mercy working with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.

Gonzaga was joined at the Coromandel Hospital by Sister Mary Agnes (Lucy Canty), who had also been at St Vincent's. The two women were to work together for over 50 years. In 1900, the golden jubilee year of the Sisters of Mercy's arrival in New Zealand, Mother Ignatius used a small legacy and a gift from past pupils of the Mercy convent schools to buy a 3½-acre property in Mount Eden. The house on the site was converted into the first Catholic hospital in New Zealand, the Mater Misericordiae Hospital. Sisters Gonzaga and Agnes returned to Sydney in 1902 and gained their nursing certificates. They then joined the staff of the Mater hospital where Gonzaga was appointed matron. She held the post until 1950, and for many years was also in charge of the operating theatres.

Gonzaga was not only a fine nurse, but also an outstanding financial manager. The hospital expanded rapidly during its first 20 years, and at each stage of development there were sufficient funds to secure the additional buildings. By 1928 there were 35 beds in the existing buildings, all the debts had been cleared and there was a surplus account for further buildings and equipment. Gonzaga and Agnes had dreamt of establishing a large modern hospital, and on 19 November that year the foundation stone was laid for a new four-storeyed block. The cost was estimated at over £40,000 and Gonzaga already had a fifth of the amount in cash.

The building of the new block was strongly supported by Bishop Henry Cleary and his coadjutor, James Liston. Cleary had travelled widely and been impressed by the facilities in Catholic hospitals in the United States. At his urging, Mothers Gonzaga and Agnes embarked in 1929 on a three-month fact-finding tour of American and Canadian hospitals. The trip was an unparalled experience for two nuns at that time and paid great dividends for the building of the new Mater and the standards of nursing care it provided. At the opening ceremony in 1936 the architect publicly credited Gonzaga and Agnes for the plans, which incorporated in the 120-bed hospital the most modern equipment and technology then available in New Zealand. Gonzaga's astute financial planning had also ensured that the debt was manageable, despite the cost being almost three times the original estimate.

An amendment to the Nurses and Midwives Registration Act in 1930 made it possible for some private hospitals to apply for registration as a training school. In January 1937 a school of nursing was opened at the Mater with Mother Agnes at the helm. In order to qualify for the position she had spent six months of the previous year doing her maternity training at St Helens Hospital, Wellington. During 1937 Mother Gonzaga launched the Mater's auxiliary guild to raise funds for its 40 free beds.

The Mater Misericordiae Hospital had been founded to provide accommodation for the sick poor, irrespective of their religion. In 1928 Mother Gonzaga had noted that free treatment was given to those unable to pay for it, 'up to, and even exceeding, the limit of our resources'. Gonzaga's services to nursing and the wider community of Auckland were recognised when she was made an OBE in 1939.

A hospice was established at the Mater in 1952. The idea had been promoted by Mother Mary Agnes before her death in 1950. Mother Mary Gonzaga outlived her friend by nearly eight years, dying at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital on 17 January 1958. For most of their life in religion the two women had complemented each other's nursing and administrative talents. They are buried in the same grave at Hillsborough cemetery.

Photographs of the young Gonzaga, fine featured and fair complexioned, contrast with the doughty, unsmiling photos of her older years. Although she was an uncompromising taskmaster when ensuring a patient's well-being, the sisters who worked under her remembered her kindness and warmth towards them.

The Mater hospital was renamed Mercy Hospital in 1988. It remains a leader in private hospital care in New Zealand: a lasting tribute to the remarkable collaborative vision, acumen and professionalism of Mothers Gonzaga and Agnes.

1945 Mass on board ship;

Canadian town to build industrial waste recycling plant 600 feet from Martyrs Shrine, English Canada's most visited pilgrimage site

Martyrs Shrine, Canada is visited by thousands of pilgrims, It is the most popular Catholic shrine in English Canada. Now it is proposed that a recycling facility would be on the west bank of the Wye River 600 feet across from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, where two martyred Priest were buried in 1649.

Belvedere Deaths

PAPERS: Sixty-five million historic newspaper articles, covering events over the last 300 years, are now available from the British Library.

Belvedere Deaths

PAPERS: Sixty-five million historic newspaper articles, covering events over the last 300 years, are now available from the British Library.

Brother Ed. Early.

In June of 1939 I arrived in Jersey to finish my postulate and then enter the Noviciate. William Drinkwater was my companion. The sun shone brightly during those first few weeks and with the other postulants we went on various walks and excursions. We even visited HMS Jersey; a small battleship paid for by the inhabitants of the island. I remember that on July 14th Bro. Jean-Auguste was awarded the Medaille de Guerre for his services during the First World War. The scholastics joined us for the banquet in his honour. That day we also met Bro. Jean-Joseph, the former Superior-General and Bro. Denis who was to become the first Canadian Assistant after the following General Chapter.

About a week after the start of the Noviciate war was declared.

End Dec. 2011 Deaths

KILLED: 26 priests, sisters and lay people killed in 2011. Seven were killed in Colombia, five in Mexico, three in India, two in Burundi, and one each in Brazil, Paraguay, Nicaragua, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Tunisia, Kenya, the Philippines, and Spain.

DEATH took place on 24th December 2011 of Sr. Carmel Beasey of Listowel Presentation Convent. Thursday 8th September 2011 the Presentation Order and relatives, friends and former colleagues of Sr. Carmel Beasley celebrated her 100th birthday at Fatima Home in Tralee. Sr. Carmel was born at Beale, Ballybunion, Sr. Carmel joined the Presentation Order in Listowel at the age of 18 and after completing her teacher training in Carysfort College in Dublin, returned to Listowel where she taught until her retirement. Sr Carmel was one of five children, she is survived by her sister, Sr Enda who is a Drishane nun, and was predeceased by brothers, Michael, Jimmy and Fr John Joe Beasley. Sr. Beasley is well known for her voluntary work including her support for Kerry Parents and Friends and the Irish language. Following Requiem Mass in Listowel Church on Wednesday 28th December 2011, Sr Carmel Beasley was laid to rest at the Presentation plot in St Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel. Her father Martin taught at Kilconly National School.

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Anna Patricia O’Connor on December 20th 2011 a Sister of the Bon Secours, Cork , she was born 100 years ago at Grogeen, Abbeyfeale, she is survived by her sister Margaret Quigley, her brother Michael O Connor in America. Sr. Anna Patricia O Connor was laid to rest in St. Oliver's Cemetery, Model Farm Rd, Cork, following Requiem Mass on Friday.

DEATH took place on February 5th 2012 of Sr. Irene Stack of Mercy Convent, Balloonagh, Tralee and formerly of Ballygoughlin, Glin, Co. Limerick. Requiem Mass for Sr. Irene Stack was celebrated in Balloonagh Convent Chapel on Wednesday 8th February, Irene was laid to rest in the nearby Convent Cemetery. Irene was daughter of Ned Stack( died1939) and Josephine (Ciss) Ruddle (died1931) and was predeceased by siblings Fiona who died 1999 and Tom died 1972. Irene lodger in Tralee and attended Moyderwell Mercy Secondary School before entering the convent. Her aunt Sr. Evangelist Stack was also a Mercy Sister she died 1977.

Nora Mary Ann Dillane, 1884-1979. As a young woman she emigrated to family in Conn, In 1911 she was in Naugatuck, Conn when she met Fr Thomas Judge of Irish parentage. He was a Vincentian missionary. Under his influence she decided to join the Missionary Servants of the Holy Trinity in 0ur Lady of Carmel Parish, Orange N.J.

A month later she went to Baltimore. A year later she went to St. Pats School in Phoenix city in Alabama, where she was known as Sr. Mary Ann. Fr Judge was also here. In 1918 this missionary acquired an old southern plantation deep in the heart of Alabama, which had old storage buildings and slave cabins. It was here that Hanora came really into her on where she worked in the dairy from dawn to dusk, bringing home the cows from the Flats and milking them. She and another Irish nun Sr. Rita Farrelly were the only two who knew how to do farm work and the young Yankee teachers were eventually roped in to help. Sr Mary Ann baked biscuits, corn bread and ginger bread, tended sheep and at night went about the dormitories to shake holy water on the young postulants and occasionally to comfort them when they were frightened by the strange nighttimes nature noises. She was reputed to be a perfectionist and being a hard worker herself, she expected the same commitment from others.

Hanora made her final vows on March 25th 1933, aged 49.

Every so often Mother Boniface would send her away to another missionary place to give her a break from this hard work but they could never do long without Hanora so back she came. During these times she spent a number of years in Gillette, N.J. and at Camp Trinity in Hartford Conn, a year in Brooklyn and a year in St. Josephs in Sterling N,J. She spent the greater part of her last 25 years at the Motherhouse in Philadelphia, still busy. After she broke her hip she made a determined recovery and had many falls again but could be found anytime after 4 am in the gallery of the chapel. She never wasted time in bed. At her Golden Jubilee, Fr Denis Fitzgerald gave the homily and he remembered her when he was a young student at St Josephs Preparatory Seminary as a having a wonderful and cheerful work spirit. She died on July 10th 1979, aged 95 years and 5 months./

DEATH: Sister Patricia O'Brien of Convent of Mercy, Westbourne, Ashbourne Avenue, Late of Abbeyfeale, died February 10th 2012, Survived by Sisters Breda, Kathleen, Helen, brother Hugh, her Mercy Communities, relatives, friends, former colleagues and pupils from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Abbeyfeale.Following Requiem Mass at St Joseph's Church on Monday February 13th 2012 Sr. Patricia O Brien was laid to rest in St Mary's Convent Cemetery, Old Dominic Street, Limerick. Sr. Patricia O’Brien was born in Limerick city in the parish of St. Joseph, entered Abbeyfeale Convent on December 8, 1960 and made her final profession on August 22, 1966. She studied at UCC where she obtained a BA and H Dip in Education and later a Diploma in Catechetic. Sr. Patricia taught at St. Joseph's Secondary School Abbeyfeale from 1971 to 2008.

DIED in Texas; Sister Aquilina Relihan, of Duagh and Bedford, Listowel aged 93, entered into eternal life on June 19, 2012, at The Village at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. Born in Kerry, Ireland, on March 22, 1919, to John and Mary (Broderick) Relihan, she was baptized Catherine. Sister Aquilina entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1936, professing perpetual vows in 1945. Sister served in the Congregation's educational facilities in Texas & Louisiana. Sister Aquilina is survived by brothers: Thomas and John Joe, her sister, Josephine Tarrant, her nephew Fr. Joseph Tarrant, other relatives in Ireland and by her community the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday June 21, 2012 in St. Joseph's Chapel followed by Interment in the Convent Cemetery. Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

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Mary O'Connell (better known as Sister Anthony, S.C.) (1814-December 8, 1897) was an Irish immigrant to the United States, who became a Catholic Religious Sister. Her work with the wounded during the American Civil War and health care in general caused her to be known as "the angel of the battlefield" and "the Florence Nightingale of America."

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She was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1814, the daughter of William and Catherine Murphy O'Connell.

Loyola’s athletic program came to a halt in the spring of 1972 when University President the Rev. Michael F. Kennelly, S.J. announced that the university would discontinue intercollegiate athletics.

In the years following the cancellation of intercollegiate athletics The Maroon focused its sports coverage on intramural athletics until 1991 when intercollegiate sports were reinstated.

The announcement was made at a press conference in the Danna Center on Jan. 28.

“The Board of Directors of Loyola University has authorized me to announce its decision to discontinue intercollegiate athletics at the end of the current semester and to concentrate, instead, on a broad-based program of intra-university athletics to benefit more students,” Kennelly said. “The reasons for the board’s decision are educational and financial.


Br Owen Casey is a Dominican seminarian. He is in the early years of preparing for Priesthood. He is with us to observe parish life and ministry in Tralee. Br Eoin is a native of Rathdowney Co Laois. However his family are from Causeway where his grandmother lives.

DIED on August 5th 2012 Sr. Benedict Cotter of Carraig Lí, Killerisk, Tralee and formerly of Cratloe West, Abbeyfeale. Aug. 5, 2012. pre-deceased by her sister Margaret, survived by her sister Theresa, brothers Patrick and Frank, her Mercy Sisters and large circle of friends. Requiem Mass on Wednesday Aug. 8th. followed by Burial in New Rath Cemetery, Tralee.

Dec 1886 NZ Tablet

Kerry.— DEATH OF A NUN AT THE PBESENTATION OONVENT, KILLARNEY.— The funeral obsequies of Miss Oronin, in religion Bieter Mary Angela, of the Presentation Convent, Killarney, have been celebrated in the church attached to the Presentation Convent by a solemn Mass for the eternal repose of the soul of the deceased. Sister Angela was one of tbe oldest Sisters attached to the Presentation Order, she having attained the ad. vanced age of 86 years and tbe 46th of her religious profession when she passed away. Tbe Most Bey Dr Oofley officiated at tbe burial service and was assisted by the Rev D. O'Leary, President St Brendan's, Killarney, etc.

Newspapers Priests

By James Griffin

MOORE, JAMES (1834-1904), Roman Catholic bishop, was born on 29 June 1834 at Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, where his uncle was a priest and guided him towards the Church. After three years at a 'classical' school in Tralee he entered All Hallows Missionary College in 1852 but showed little aptitude for studies. Ordained a priest for Melbourne he volunteered as chaplain in the Annie Wilson. Beginning as curate of St Francis's, he was soon promoted to parish priest because of his zeal. Ill health in 1862 led Bishop Goold to give him a roving commission to collect money for the cathedral; within six months he showed great talent for collecting funds for bluestone and mortar.

Appointed to Ballarat in 1866, Moore found too few churches for the growing population and listed his priorities as churches, schools and societies. He soon paid the debt on St Patrick's and built the bluestone Church of St Alipius, Ballarat East. Made dean in 1869, he went in 1873 to Rome with Goold to make arrangements for a Ballarat diocese. Michael O'Connor was preferred as bishop but Moore was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity and became vicar-general, business manager and 'Guardian Angel' of the diocese. He was made a monsignor in 1882 and administered the diocese after O'Connor died. At his silver jubilee in 1883 the laity honoured him with a golden chalice and the wish that he succeed to the throne. He was consecrated by Goold on 27 April 1884.

Moore was gracelessly conscious of the dignity and power of his office, more than any bishop in Australia, according to his friend Dean Goidanich. In 1875 he had bought a twelve-acre (5 ha) site near Lake Wendouree for the bishop's palace. Quick-tempered, vigilant and ruthless he was feared by his priests. Punctilious in canonical visitations he relished confirmations as an occasion for homilies. With no pretence of oratory he told 'practical truths' though 'a verbatim report of his words would not always have looked well in print'.

Moore was a resolute and fearless builder. He had briefly studied church ornament and furniture, and for St Patrick's Cathedral he brought sumptuous equipment and decorations from all parts of Europe. Pleased to be a citizen 'of no mean city', he adorned it with buildings which stimulated employment and trade, including a Nazareth House for orphans and the aged, staffing it with the Poor Sisters. He raised some £300,000 from a flock of less than 35,000 and spent half of it in Ballarat. St Patrick's was the first Catholic Cathedral in Australia cleared of debt; its consecration on 19 November 1891 was the peak of Moore's episcopate and was attended by Cardinal Moran and the Archbishop of Wellington among others. He squeezed taxes from his priests to recruit 'young levites', doubling their numbers from 27 to 54, and he brought out Redemptorists and Brigidines.

Moore readily believed that secularists wanted to Protestantize state schools and in 1884 threatened to withdraw Catholics from those schools if the Bible was taught. In 1875-84 the diocese had spent £67,291 on education alone and by 1904 had 11 boarding schools, 13 high schools for both girls and boys, and 60 primary schools in 35 parishes. Moore was a sedulous Roman rather than Gallican-Irish. Liberal in public spirit he made gifts to bodies outside his Church and sat on the committees of the hospital, benevolent asylum and art gallery, finally winning praise from the Anglican bishop for 'refraining from making public attacks upon Christian bodies outside the R.C. Church'. A diabetic, Moore died on 26 June 1904 after long illness. At his funeral the Anglican bishop was represented as well as Presbyterians and Jews.

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIV, Issue 50, 9 April 1897, Page 15


(From our Christchurch correspondent.) Very great and widespread regret is felt at the demise of the Rev. Father Daniel O'Connor, who died somewhat unexpectedly at his

late residence at Rangiora at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, 31st March 1897. The rev gentleman, who was parish priest of Rangiori, had not been ia robust health for some time. Yet no serious results of his indisposition were anticipated until he visited Wellington in the early part of the year in order to consult Dr. Cahill, who informed Father O'Connor that his malady was a hopeless consumption. In accordance with the doctor's advice Father O'Connor abandoned his projected visit to Napier and returned home. He became rapidly worse and succumbed to the disease. He was going about on Tuesday last and apparently fairly well. On the night of the same day he retired at eight o'clock but became restless and unable to sleep. Father Tubman, Miss Kellier and the Rev. Mother and the Sisters of St. Joseph were with him to the end. Father O'Connor, who was approaching forty years of age, was born at Listowel. County Kerry. lreland. he studied at St. John's College in Waterford, and was ordained priest on the l of June, I882. Immediately after his ordination he came to Christchurch, under Archbishop Redwood, who appointed him to Greymouth. Thence he came to Port Lytleton, where he remained several years. For the administration of that parish he received warm praise from Archbishop Redwood. Ten years ago Fat her O'Connor was appointed parish priest of Rangiora. where he has done most excellent work. He was always most generous in supplementing from his own pocket the funds for the maintenance of the schools, and in every way sought to promote the cause of education. The whole parish is left absolutely free of debt. During his residence in the Rangiora and Kaiapoi districts he has endeared himself to all classes of people. His house and all that it contained was open to every one. As an instance of the warm affection of his people for him, some of the ladies of the parish waited upon him a few days before his death in order to present him with a purse of sovereigns wherewith to meet the extra expenses of his illness. This thoughtful action made a deep impression upon the dying priest, and he was most anxious to acknowledge the gift through the newspapers. This he did not live to do.

THE FUNERAL. On Friday last the funeral of the late Father O'Connor took place at Rangiora. On the forenoon of that day the remains, encased in a handsome polished coffin, were conveyed from the presbytery to the church, and a large number of the Rev. Father's parishioners and the townspeople visited the church to take a last look at his features. The sanctuary of the church and the high and side altars were draped in black, and the coffin was placed on a dais in front of the altar railing. At 10. am. a procession, headed by the cross-bearers and acolytes, started from the presbytery to the church. In the procession were the Right Rev. Dr. Grimes. Canon O'Donnell. Fathers,Bowers, Chervier, Marnane, Tubman, Malone, Aubrey. Foley. Ginaty, Tracy, Quirk and Melu. On arriving at the church the prayers for the dead was chanted in the presence of a large congregation from all parts of the district. Mass was said by Father Chervier being the celebrant. Father Marnane, deacon father Quirk, sub-deacon Fathers O'Donnell and Malone, Cantors Fr Bow was master of ceremonies and Father Aubrey organist. After the Ma-s Bishop Grimes delivered an eloquent address from St. John, chaper ii., and the 11th and succeeding verses. He said, referring to the deceased that it was not necessary, nor would it be seemly, for him to add much to the obituary notices which had appeared in the public press. He remarked upon the late Father's devotion during his, time of illness aid the extraordinary grace which availed him during his List moments He- referred also in grateful terms to those who had devote to caring for him during his last illness. The ceremony at the grave was conduct! d by the Bishop .Numerous wreaths and wires sent by friends and public organisations.

NZ Tablet Feb 1902

KERRY.— Death of a Religious. The death is reported of Rev Brother George, O I- M.. who passed away in the e.irlv part of December at the Franciscan Convent, Killarney. Brother George, who was a son of Mr. John Buckley, Listowel, was born in 1833, and entered the Order at Killarney 30 years ago, where he remained, except for a few years spent in Manchester, London, and Glasgow

New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXIV, Issue 27, 5 July 1906, Page 9

KERRY— Departure of a Priest f -The people of Ballymacelligott, County Kerry, have felt deeply the transference of the Rev. John Dillon from that parish to Listowel. "At a meeting, over which the Rev. M. McCarthy presided, it was resolved to present an illuminated address, and a resolution thanking Father Dillon for his services in the parish was heartily passed.

Pat Scanlan (1929-2013)

Patrick Francis Scanlan was born in Ballydonohue, Co. Kerry on the 26th of January, 1929 to Patrick Scanlan and his wife Catherine (nee Hanrahan). He attended Lisselton National School from 1934 to 1942 and St Michaels College, Listowel from 1942 to 1947. He came to Kiltegan in September 1947 and completed the Probation Year before going to St Patrick’s, Douglas, Cork for his philosophy studies. He returned to Kiltegan in 1950 to study theology and was ordained on the 18th of April, 1954 in Killamoat Church by Bishop John Heffernan CSSp, retired Vicar Apostolic of Zanzibar (Nairobi). He was one of eleven ordained that day of whom ten, including Pat, were sent to Nigeria.

Pat was appointed to Calabar in Nigeria where he spent fourteen years, six of them in Oron with Fr. Willie Fitzsimons and the rest in Essene, Anua, Ikot Erene and Ikot Edibon. In 1968, he was withdrawn due to the civil war. He was then given a temporary appointment in Denver, Colorado and served in the parish attached to the Shrine of St Anne. On his leaving the Pastor wrote in a glowing report to Fr. Peter O’Reilly, wrote, He is a credit to your Society and goes with the heartfelt good wishes and prayers of all of us.

Towards the end of 1970, Pat was appointed to the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya. His first parish was St. John’s in Eldoret town. He was next appointed Vocations Director and assigned to Turbo parish. He proceeded to recruit many young men for the diocesan priesthood. His kindness and concern for the students was legendary and he did everything in his power to encourage and support them. He remained close to them after ordination and also enjoyed a good rapport with Kenyan religious sisters. Indeed, Pat got on with everyone. He enjoyed a warm friendship with Bishop John Njenga and made many friends among the lay volunteers from Ireland and elsewhere who were serving in social, medical and educational roles. In the mid-eighties Pat was replaced as Vocations Director by an African priest and he was appointed to St Joseph’s, Kitale where the majestic Mount Elgon on his doorstep was reminiscent of his native Kerry. St. Joseph’s was a parish house and a house of hospitality and Pat was ideally suited to serve its dual function. Pat and Fr. Willie Walsh lived happily there for twenty years and built a fine parish church at St. Joseph’s.

In 2004, Pat was transferred to the Society house at Kibomet and into semi-retirement. His health declined and the time came, in June 2011, when he had to return to Ireland having lost the ability to walk. He was cared for in the Nursing Unit attending specialist doctors and going to hospital from time to time but he never recovered his capacity to walk. His final four months were spent in hospital undergoing a variety of tests and therapies. There was much suffering, loneliness and frustration but Pat bore it all with his usual gentleness and good humour. He died peacefully on Tuesday, the 15th of January in the presence of his cousin Michael Hanrahan and Fr. Jimmy OReilly and Fr. Joe Flynn.

Pat is predeceased by his sister, Joan, his brothers Micheal and Liam and his first cousin Con Hanrahan. He is survived by his other Hanrahan cousins, Tom, Theresa and Sr. Regis of one family and Breda, Michael, Mary, Peggy and Sr. Louis Marie of the other

DEATH took place on 29th January 2013 of Sr. Ethna Quille Formerly of Derrindaff, Duagh and the Mercy Convent, Rosscarbery. She is survived by her brother John. Her brother William Quille died in October 2012. Requiem mass for Sr. Ethna was celebrated at St. Fachtna's Parish Church, Rosscarbury. Sr. Eithna was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery, Rosscarbury, Co Cork.

Sr. Ethna Quille former Maths teacher at Mt. St. Michael, Rosscarbury. The school was founded in 1894 by the Mercy Order, In 1964 the school became co-educational and at the same time the boarding facilities became available in the Convent. Students boarded from all over Ireland and from further afield. It was an ideal for students from the nearby coastal islands like Cape Clear.

DEATH took place on February 11th 2013 of Sr. Austin Brosnan late of Presentation Convent Listowel and Inchabee, Farranfore and Fatima Home, Tralee. She was daughter of Pat Brosnan and Ellen Collins and was born on 22 April 1916 and called Margaret Mary. Sr Austin was professed at Oakpark, Tralee in 1939 and then went teaching at the Presentation Convent in Listowwel. In the 1970s she went to help with religious teaching and charitable work in California, returning to Listowel in 1991, straight away she became involved in numerous charitable and religious activities, then he brother Monsignor John became ill and she cared for him for some time. Sr Austin Brosnan was pre-deceased by her brothers, Monsignor John, Brother Carthage, Jerry and his wife Mary, Patsy and Dick and nephew Tom; deeply regretted by her loving Presentation Community, her niece Eileen, nephews Paddy, Ned, John, and Jeremiah, grandnieces, grandnephews. Requiem Mass for Sr. Austin Brosnan was celebrated on Wednesday 13th February ’13, Burial afterwards in the Presentation Convent Plot, St. Michael's Cemetery Listowel.

DEATH took place on Wednesday 29th May 2013, of Sr. Mary Buckley, St. John of God Convent, Kilkenny and late of Ballylongford. Requiem Mass for Sr. Mary was celebrated on Saturday 1st June 2013, in St. Patrick's Church, Kilkenny followed by burial in Lislaughlin Abbey Cemetery, Ballylongford.

DEATH took place on May 24, 2013 of Rev Fr Ned Corridan a native of Knockmeal, Duagh at Killarney Nursing Home, retired priest of St John's, Tralee, St Brendan's College, Killarney, Asdee, Millstreet, Firies and Kenamare. Survived by his brother Tom, sister Peg, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephew, grandnieces, relatives, many friends, Bishop Bill Murphy and the Priests of the Diocese. Requiem Mass on Monday 27th May 2013 at St Bridget’s Church Duagh for Fr Ned Corridan, Burial afterwards in Springmount Cemetery,

DEATH took place on 21st July 2013 of Rev. Fr. Timothy (Thady) Gunn (Retired PP, Our Lady of the Rosary, Davyhulme, Manchester and late of Lyre, Lisselton. Fr. Thady was predeceased by his sister Nora; survived by his brothers Joe and John, sisters-in-law Kathleen and Catherine, nephews, nieces, grandnieces, fellow priests in the Diocese of Salford, cousins, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass for Fr Gunn was celebrated at St. Theresa`s Church, Ballydonoghue on 23rd July, followed by Interment in Lisselton Cemetery. Father Gunn was in his seventy-sixth year, the fiftieth year of his Sacred Priesthood.

Tim was born on 13th May 1938, and was baptised in the parish church in Ballydonoghue, was educated at Presentation College, Cork and St. Patrick’s College, Carlow. He was ordained by the Rt. Rev. Thomas Keogh, Bishop of Kildare, in Carlow Cathedral, on 6th June 1964.

DEATH has taken place of Sister Rosaleen Mangan, Sisters of Charity of St. Paul the Apostle, Sallypark, Birmingham, England and formerly of Glensharrold, Carrigkerry. She passed away on Monday 22nd of July 2013 in the Convent, on her 94th year. Eileen was a native of Glensharrold and one of twelve in family to Tom Mangan, and Ellen Aherne, she was sister Bridie Kiely Glensharrold . Eileen had second level education in the Convent Newcastle West; she enterred the convent in Sally Park Birmingham, in February 1937 she spent some time at a branch convent in 1939 . When the War was over she returned to Birmingham and following retreat and preparation she was professed. She spent time in Wallsall, Worcester, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and Warrington, teaching doing parish work and Hospital Chaplaincy and attained the position of Superior.

Her Funeral Mass in the Convent Chapel, Birmingham was concelebrated by her nephew Fr. Tom Mangan, P.P. Saint Joseph’s Parish Limerick, on Friday 26th July 2013. Sister Rosaleen Mangan, was laid to rest in Birmingham.

DEATH occurred on12th September 2013 of Sr. Mercedes O'Connor at Catherine McAuley House. Late of Athea, Co. Limerick and The Convent of Mercy, Abbeyfeale. Predeceased by her brother Jim. Deeply regretted by her sister Sr. Rosarie her Sister of Mercy Community, relatives and friends. Requiem Mass for Sr. Mercedes O Connor was celebrated on Saturday Sept 14th in St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Ave. Limerick . Funeral afterwards to St. Mary’s Convent Cemetery

DEATH has occurred of Sr. Marie Jude Murphy, The Sacred Heart Convent, Blackrock, Cork on 27th July 2014. Sr. Murphy was a native of Sallowglen, Tarbert. Survived by her sisters Joan, Lizzie, Sr. Ellen, Jane and Phil, brothers Fr. Colmcille, OSM. Conv, Jim and Nicholas, her community, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces. Requiem Mass for Sr. Marie Jude Murphy was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Bessboro, Blackrock on 31st July 2014. Funeral afterwards to St. Michael's Cemetery, Blackrock, Cork.

DEATH: Sister Marguerite Shine Former Headteacher at Cardinal Wiseman Girls' School, Teacher at Princethorpe College and St. Paul's College, Newbold Revel, Rugby. Died 23rd December 2014 at St Paul's Convent, Selly Park, Birmingham. Sister Marguerite formally of Direen, is survived by her sister Nora Fitzgerald of the Hill Upper Athea and Waterford and predeceased by her sister Sr. Mary Jo Shine and brother Liam Shine.

DEATH has taken place of Sr. Felicitous Joy, Presentation Convent, Tralee and formerly Knockalougha, Knocknagoshel on 1st January 2015, beloved sister of Sr. Agnes-Marie C.P. She will be sadly missed by her Presentation Sisters, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, sister-in-law, cousins and relatives. Requiem mass for Sr. Joy at St John’s Church, Tralee on Saturday 3rd January, Interment afterwards in Presentation Convent Cemetery, Tralee.


Death has occurred of Right Rev. Monsignor John-Joe MADIGAN

Ballycormack, Shanagolden, Limerick. Retired priest of Washington DC. and late of Abbott Close Nursing Home, Askeaton. Reposing in St Senan's Church, Shanagolden on Thursday 15th January 2015. Requiem Mass on Friday 16th Jan. 2015, with burial afterwards in Knockpatrick Cemetery


CORRIDAN taken from Corridan Blog

Bishop James Dowd was born in 1907 in San Francisco. He was the son of Mr  O' Dowd who came from near Abbeyfeale and his wife Margaret Corridan of Knockmaol. Margaret was one of about 8 children of the marriage of Jamesie Corridan and his first wife , Maria Dillon.

Bishop O'Dowd High School was established in September, 1951 by the Archdiocese of San Francisco as a Catholic co-institutional memorial high school named in honour of Bishop James T. O'Dowd.


Sr Joan Corridan (1921-2013)


January 23rd we learned of the  sad passing of Sr. Joan Corridan. Those of us that were fortunate enough to cross her path (and there are quite a lot of people over the years who teased her ever sharp mind in search of their blood lines) felt very much enriched for the experience. She was  a very  warm and smart Lady, with such a welcoming and infectious smile,  who only saw  good in everybody . Joan spent the last decade or so of her life fighting her illness, before losing her  courageous  battle at the ripe old age of 92.  Sr.  Joan was predeceased by her brothers Tim, Ned, Moss and Mary. Her Parents were Maurice Corridan and Hanora Kelly and her grandparents were Thady Corridan(1845-1936) and Maria Walsh. Thady was 6th and youngest son of Thomas Corridan 1801-1878 and Margaret O Donnell.


On , May 24th 2013 the death took place  of Fr. Ned Corridan , a native of Knockmaol, Duagh . Fr. Ned was ordained in Maynooth   in 1952 and spent a few years in Salford , England before taking up a short few  appointments in Moyvane ,  Ballybunion , Tousist & Tralee. In 1957 he was appointed to the staff at St Brendan’s College, Killarney where he remained until 1974.

In 1974, Fr. Ned was appointed as curate to Ballylongford Parish where he served for nine years, before crossing the County bounds to Millstreet  where he served for  thirteen  years. He  then had two short spells in Firies and Kenmare before his retirement in 2005.

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