On Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 Canon Martin Gleeson, AP, Belclare officially retired after almost 60 years of unbroken service as a priest of the Tuam Archdiocese. A native of Dunmore, born in November 1931 Fr. Martin Gleeson was ordained on the 17th of June, 1956. His first posting was as Prefect in St. Jarlath’s College for one year and then served as curate on Clare Island for six years from 1957 to 1963. He worked as curate in Athenry from 1963-1971, Tuam 1971-1985, Ballyhaunis 1985-1987. In 1987 he was appointed Parish Priest of Carnacon where he served for 8 years until 1995 and then moved to Claremorris as Parish Priest, a position he held from 1995-2003. Reaching the normal age for retirement in 2003 it was a mark of the generosity and will to serve that Fr. Martin continued to work in the diocese and was appointed Assistant Pastor to Belclare in the Parish of Corofin from then until February of 2016. He was appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in July of 2000. A strong, fit, athletic man, Canon Martin excelled at football and was a keen swimmer. He was most popular in all his appointments and was a genuine and sincere pastor who was always kind to young and old. Every good wish to Canon Martin for a long and happy and healthy retirement and every blessing upon him in his diamond jubilee year. Canon Martin intends retiring in the parochial house in Belclare and in line with the rationalization plan of Journeying together in Faith 2013-2020 the parish of Cummer and Kilmoylan will be served by one priest, Fr. Paddy Mullins who is currently parish priest, based in Corofin.
Photo by Ray Ryan of the Tuam Herald taken in conjunction with an article written by Tony Galvin of the Herald on Wednesday, 24th of September, 2014