Canon Tommie Mannion, RIP

Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary on the death of Canon Thomas Mannion, RIP, PP, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Archbishop Neary deeply regrets to announce the death of Canon Tommie Mannion, PP of Claremorris, Co. Mayo.  Sincere condolonces to the Canon Tommie’s family, to his nephew Fr. Michéal Mannion, who is parish priest of the Aran Islands, to Canon Tommie’s parish colleague, Fr. Peter Gannon and staff in Claremorris, to the priests of the Archdiocese, to the many parishioners he served througout his ministry, to his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

Origins and Education

Canon Tommie was a native of Carrarea, Ballyglunin, Abbeyknockmoy Parish.  He was educated locally and at St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam.  Rinne sé céim sa Léinn Cheilteach i gColáiste Phádraig, Má Nuad roimh céim a bhaint amach sa Diagacht Naofa.


He was an outstanding sportsman, a brilliant hurler an excellent footballer and a great athlete.  In 1958 he won a Hogan Cup with St. Jarlath’s College, that year beating Gormanstown College in the final.

An Ghaeilge agus an Ghaeltacht

Bhí grá faoi leith ag an Ath. Tomás don Ghaeilge, don ceol Gaelach, d’amhránaíocht Gaelach agus chuir sé barr feabhais ar an spéis seo i rith na blianta a chaith sé sa Ghaeltacht.

Dedication to priesthood

Most of all Canon Tommie will be known as a man of great gentleness, a deeply spiritual person, dedicated and faithful to his priestly duties in the many locations he served in the Archdiocese.

Biographical Details and Appointments

The following details include some of Canon Tommie’s biographical details and his pastoral appointments and ministry in the Archdiocese of Tuam.

Born                                                                 November 25th, 1939

Ordained                                                          June 20th, 1965

Prefect, St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam                   1965-1966

C.C. Cill Chiaráin, Conamara                            1966–1967

Scoil Chuimsitheach Ciarán, An Cheathrú Rua 1967-1987

S.C.,  An Cheathrú Rua                                     1987-1990

S.C., Corr na Móna                                           1990-1994

S.P., Inis Mór, Árainn                                       1994-1997

P.P., Louisburgh                                               1987- 2003

P.P., Claremorris, & Vicar Forane                      2003

Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter                 July 2005

Died                                                                 September 11th, 2011

Canon Tommie bore his long illness with dignity and courage.  Many thanks to all who helped him bear his cross and cope with the difficult time of sickness over the past few years.

He will be sadly missed by many.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé agus go raibh leaba aige i measc na naoimh.

Funeral Arrangements

Remains reposing in St. Colman’s Church, Claremorris on Tuesday, September 13th from 5-8 pm.

His funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, the feast of the Triumph of the Cross at 1.00 pm.  Burial afterwards in the Church grounds.

9 thoughts on “Canon Tommie Mannion, RIP

  1. Fr. Eamonn Monson SAC September 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm -

    Sympathy on the death of a very good priest Canon Tommie Mannion. May he rest in peace. I met him when he was Parish Priest in Kilronan, Aran. A lovely man with whom I shared lovely times walking.

  2. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and Friends of Cannon Mannion. I will always remember the great influence he had on me as a teacher and a friend while teaching in Scoil Chuimsitheach Ciarán, An Cheathrú Rua. I was a student there from 1977-1982. We used to meet up with him so many nights and he would train us for track. In 1978 he bought me into Galway on Sunday when no buses would be running to go to the community games. He was a man with a great heart.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh do anam a Thomais.

  3. Tommy was such a gentleman in the school and parish of An Cheathrú Rua, spending time with generations of students at athletics, running, discus, javelin, shot, hammer, long-jump. Duine séimh, lách, spioradálta a bhí ann. Aireoidh muid uainn go mór é. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal Gaelach.

  4. Marie Ní Ghríofa- Lambe September 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm -

    Fr. Mannion was a dedicated, caring and fun teacher. He taught me during my time in Scoil Chumsitheach Chiaráin 1983/1988. There was great banter between us. I promised him before I left if I were EVER to marry I’d make sure I would seek him out for the job. I don’t know who was more surprised nine years later when I had to travel from London to the Aran Islands to fulfil my promise and ask him to do the “job”. Ba fear alainn séimh a bhí ann agus fágann sé cáil iontach ina dhiaidh. Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam dhilis.

  5. Vincent Sherlock September 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm -

    I’m not long home from Tommie’s Funeral Mass. Well done to all involved. His nephew spoke well of him and led us all in prayer. His grand-niece’s singing was beautiful and I know he’d have been very proud. So also he would have been proud of his niece’s perfect post Communion reflection. It was lovely to hear Archbishop Neary speak so personally about Tommie and to speak to the parishioners of Claremorris and those to whom Tommie ministered through the years. It was heart-warming to hear of Fr Peter Gannon and the Presbytery Staff’s care for Tommie. Long may they know the reward of their kindness. I met Tommie through working with Galway Regional Marriage Tribunal and always was impressed by him. May he rest in the peace in which he so obviously believed. A belief he translated into life. R.I.P.

    The Post-Communion Reflection

    Celtic Rune of Hospitality

    I saw a stranger yesterday;
    I put food in the eating place,
    drink in the drinking place,
    music in the listening place;
    and in the sacred name of the Triune God
    he blessed myself and my house,
    my cattle and my dear ones,
    and the lark said in her song:
    Oft, Oft, Oft,
    goes Christ in the stranger’s guise.

  6. Catherine Cooney September 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm -

    It is both consoling and heartening to read the lovely tributes paid to a much loved and adored brother and uncle, Fr Tommie. Thanks Fr Vincent for your lovely comment in relation to the post communion reflection. Many people asked me for a copy of it after the funeral mass. I thought I would use this site to disemminate the version I read yesterday. It is called a Celtic Rune of Hospitality and is as follows;

    I saw a stranger today.
    I put food for him in the eating-place
    and dring in the drinking-place
    and music in the listening-place.

    in the Holy name of the Trinity
    He blessed myself and my family.
    And the lark said in her warble
    Often, often, often
    Goes Christ in the stranger’s guise
    O, oft and oft and oft,
    Goes Christ in the stranger’s guise.

    Thanks to the presybtery staff and to the parishioners for the support given to Fr Tommie during his eight years in Claremorris. I thank God that Fr Tommie lived a relatively good quality of life during his illness right up to his final two weeks.

    ‘The memory of a good person is a blessing’ Proverb 10:7

    May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  7. My memories of Fr Tommy are from an Scoil Chuimseach, An Cheathru Rua , where I taught with him for many years. He was a kind, gentle and conscientious teacher,beloved by teachers and students alike.
    Nany’s the hour we spent with him around the fire in the Convent, that was across the road from the school, and enjoyed his great sense of humour, his banter and words of wisdom. He brought us all over the diocese to courses, and all over the country to Charismatic meetings, and once in the car, he reached over for the little blue notebook, and it was singing from once we left until we came home.
    Deeply missed. Ar dsheis De go railbh a anam dhilis.

  8. fr.josej. kaleekel October 4, 2011 at 1:20 am -

    my condolences. i met canon tommy along with sr.attracta pbvm, while is erved in mountst. annes retreat centre.
    i chwerish the moments spent with him. a lovely man. with gods signature in his heart. godde reward him. condloences to all is beloved. fr. jose kaleekel. india.

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