Fr. Michéal Mannion, PP, Clonbur, RIP, An Appreciation

It was with great shock and disbelief that the news of the sudden death of Fr. Michéal Mannion, PP, Clonbur was announced on the evening of Saturday, March 5th, 2016. A native of Carrarea, Ryehill, Monivea in the Parish of Abbeyknockmoy he was born on the 27th of March, 1971. Educated at the local national school and Presentation College, Athenry he later studied for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he obtained a BA and a BD.

On the first of June, 1997 he was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop Michael Neary in his native Ryehill Church. The following year he did the H.Dip in Ed in Maynooth and after that spent one year as dean of students in St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam. From 1999 to 2010 Fr. Michéal was curate in Westport and coordinated the pastoral ministry for Clare Island and Inishturk.

Ceapadh in shagart pobail é go hÁrainn ó 2010-2014 agus d’aistrigh sé go dtí an Fháirche agus Corr na Móna i 2014, áit ar cepadh é ina Shagart Pobail i 2015. Duine spioradálta, sona, suáilceach ab ea an tAthair Michéal. Bhí sé gníomhach i gcúrsaí pobail agus coistí áitiúla cíbe áit a raibh sé.

Being a kind, pleasant and happy individual Fr. Michéal was most popular and well received in all his appointments. Apart from his dedication and commitment to his duties and his prayerful presence he had many talents and hobbies. Being naturally fit and athletic person he loved the outdoor life and especially jogging, regularly participating in fundraising events like the Dublin City Marathon and a recent White Collar Boxing event between Clonbur and the neighbouring Partry. With his interest in the out-door and active life, it is not surprising that he was a regular on the ski slopes of various European ski resorts annually for a winter and early spring break. He was very talented and skilled manually and was exceptionally adept in the area of furniture restoration, mechanics and all sorts of DIY. Being a lover of gadgets he excelled in relation to IT and was a very keen photographer. In recent years Fr. Michéal took up fishing and like his uncle Fr. Tommie he loved to spend time enjoying the beauty of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

Fr. Michaeel was pre-deceased by his beloved parents John and Stella, Uncles Cannon Tommy, Fr. Michael, MSC. Michéal loved to visit and spend time with his family, sisters and brother and their families. He was intensely proud of their many achievements; sporting, dramatic, literary and otherwise of them all.

Fr. Michéal will be very sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and ministering with him. On this weekend of mercy we commend his gentle soul to mercy of God the father and pray for the consolation of his family, Máire, Teresa, Catherine, Tomás, brothers-in-law Michael and Joe, sister-in-law Celine and all his extended family along with Archbishop Michael all the priests of the Tuam Archdiocse, the people of Clonbur and Corr na Móna and everywhere he served. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal gaelach!

Fr. Michéal’s remains will be reposing in Clonbur Church on Tuesday evening from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Funeral Mass will be in Clonbur Church at 1.00 pm on Wednesday. Burial afterwards to Kilmoylan cemetery, Ballyglunin, Tuam.

Fr. Fergal Cunnane will be chief celebrant at the Mass, assisted by Frs. Denis Carney and Tommie Commins and Archbishop Michael will deliver the homily.

May his gentle soul rest in peace!

Picture by kind courtesy of Fr. Stephen Farragher.

16 thoughts on “Fr. Michéal Mannion, PP, Clonbur, RIP, An Appreciation

  1. Luke OShaughnessy March 7, 2016 at 2:01 am -

    The sudden death of Fr Micheal has been a huge shock to all the people of Laraghbeg,Carrarea and all surrounding Villages

    Our thoughts and deepest Sympathies are with Maura,
    Catherine,Teresa,Tomas, Aunts,Uncles ,Grandchildren
    Cousins and Friends

    The OShaughnessy Family

  2. A gentle man of the highest order. Always helpful & obliging when I entered his church in Cor na Móna or Clunbur.
    A sad loss. Rest in Peace
    John Murphy

  3. First met Fr Michael many years ago through IHCPT which brings young people to Lourdes at Easter time. A real gentleman and most helpful. While he was in Australia in 2008, during the Popes youth gathering, he co celebrated our marriage in Brisbane which was a great honour and privledge. You will be missed. Rest in peace.

  4. I have just heard of the very sad news of the death of Fr Michéal. We never met but I phoned him once on the Aran islands to help me with a priest friend of mine Fr John, now chaplain to the Benedictine nuns in Kylemore Abbey who had a grá for the West of Ireland and being a priest there. Fr john was a missionary priest and was coming back to Ireland after about 50 years. Fr Michéal was very responsive and helpful. Even over the phone I could sense his friendliness and he went out of his way to give me numbers and names where Fr john could contact. I envied him being on the Aran Islands where i had once lived. A lovely man. May he enjoy his heavenly reward . Such a vivacious person and so talented. May He rest in peace in Jesus arms.

    Ms Terry Healy Kill Co Kildare.

  5. Annette O' Rourke March 7, 2016 at 11:25 am -

    Was deeply shocked to hear the devastating news on Saturday night. Had the privilege of being in Fr Micheal’s company in Medjugorje last September where he was one of our Spiritual Directors along with his dear friend Fr Tommy Commins and Fr Ray Flaherty. My granddaughter Chloe aged 7 climbed Cross Mountain with him and their picture features in our Annual Parish Yearbook. She just wanted to be in his company at all times. He was such a lovely person and so easy to talk to. He will be greatly missed. Fr Micheal was due to travel to Medjugorje with us again this year.
    May his gentle soul rest in peace.
    Annette O’ Rourke
    Secretary/Sacristan
    St Joseph’s Church. Kilkerrin

  6. I have just heard about the death of Fr. Michéal. He was a great priest…kind, considerate and helpful. May he rest in peace.

  7. John and Bernadette Walsh March 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm -

    We knew Fr Michael very well through our work with the pioneer association in Westport. He was always so helpful to the association, been a lifelong member himself.
    It was a pleasure to work with him at all times. We spent a day with him and our grandchildren on the Aran Islands and it’s a day we will never forget. Fr Micheal may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. We have some beautiful photos to look at and remember him by on a regular basis. May he rest in his heavenly home and find peace and happiness. Nobody deserves it more, and we know he will be praying for all of those who will miss him so much, especially his family. Rest in peace dear Micheal. X

  8. so very sorry to hear of fr michael passing what lovely gentle person
    visited st Bernards well in his native Abeeyknockmoy every August to read masson the holy well may he rest in peace
    Breda,Gerry Jackie Niall&Leonie Finn Brierfield

  9. Brendan Tunney March 7, 2016 at 10:23 pm -

    Brackloon NS
    We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news of Fr. Michéal’s untimely death. Fr. Michéal was a great friend of Brackloon NS where he would visit regularly and helped to prepare the children for the sacraments. He was a most gentle and unassuming man and he was loved dearly by the school community and the people of Westport. I remember him proudly visiting the school with the Sam Mc Guire cup after Galway won the All-Ireland in 1998 and his brother, Tomas, was a member of the team. His legacy of love and kindness will live forever in our memories and on behalf of our school community I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his sisters, brother, extended family, fellow priests and people of Cong and Clonbur. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
    Brendan Tunney,
    Principal, Brackloon NS

  10. Richard Carney March 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm -

    I. see your face a broken smile.I see you fight the tears you cry.You have your dreams .to morrow’s plans.Yet it’s so hard to understand .And I know you are searching deep inside your heart to find some meaning when hope seems so far.
    I heard an Angel calling out your name. I have this feeling that words just can’t explain. But I believe somehow Heaven heeds our pain. I heard an Angel calling out your name..
    I look around and see a world So many faces colour life.I wonder how.I question why so.many live beyond the light. Yet in the distance someone starts to care Then in an instant Heaven comes to stay.I Heard An Angel Calling Out Your Name.

  11. Jarlath Jordan March 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm -

    I Never knew Rev, Fr. Michael.

    We are praying the Rosary for the repose of his soul this Evening. I feel we should pray the rosary much more often on a daily basis as families all over Ireland for all persons living within Ireland and for Our Lady’s Intentions to try and avoid tragedies wherever they may occur. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace AMEN

    Jarlath Jordan

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  13. Kathleen Macdonald March 23, 2016 at 11:48 pm -

    Tá muid lán brónach! Tá sé le Dhia, tá mé cinnte ! Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis! Tá

    muid go léir i gConamara ag guídhe air agus oraibh. Dóchas! Má tá creideamh ann , tá Dia

    ann, níl aon rud eile ag teastáil uainn. Tá muid libh!

    Caitlín agus Leo

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