COMMUNITIES across Galway, Mayo and the Aran Islands were numbed with sadness over the weekend, when news of the tragic passing of Clonbur Parish Priest, Fr. Micheál Mannion emerged.
A native of Carrarea, Ballyglunin – between Abbeyknockmoy and Monivea – the late Fr. Mannion died tragically on Saturday evening last in Cornamona. He had been due to celebrate Mass that evening in Cornamona Church.
Aged 44 years – he would have been 45 on March 27 next – Fr. Mannion had ministered as PP of Clonbur and Cornamona for over the past year, having previously been Parish Priest in the Aran Islands from 2010 to 2014.
A son of the late John and Stella Mannion from Carrarea, he was a bright pupil at Crumlin NS and later at Presentation College Secondary School, Athenry before being conferred with BA and BD (Bachelor of Divinity) degrees at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Fr. Micheál was ordained on June 1, 1997, by Archbishop Michael Neary in his native Ryehill Church, Monivea, and the following year he returned to Maynooth where he obtained a Higher Diploma in Education.
After that, he spent a year as dean of the students at St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, before being appointed as Curate in 1999 to Westport, staying there until 2010.
He was appointed as PP for the Aran Islands in 2010 where he spent the next four years, immersing himself in the local community, before returning as PP in Clonbur/Cornamona four years later.
Fr. Fergal Cunnane was the chief celebrant at the Funeral Mass in Clonbur Church on Wednesday with a touching homily being delivered by Archbishop Michael Neary.
Later that afternoon, Fr. Micheál returned to his native Ballyglunin where he was laid to rest in Kilmoylan Cemetery overlooking the banks of the Abbert River.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.