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.