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.
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.