Shinrone mourns passing of Fr Frank Meehan

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Shinrone mourns passing of Fr Frank Meehan thumbnailLate Fr Frank Meehan.

THERE was a tremendous sense of sadness in the parish of Shinrone last week when it was learned of the death of Parish Priest Fr Frank Meehan, who had spent the last 30 years ministering in the parish.

Fr Meehan originally came to Shinrone as Curate with Fr Frank Bergin as PP, but when Fr Bergin retired, Fr Meehan stayed in the parish and stepped up to the role of parish priest.

Fr Meehan died at Tullamore Hospital after a short illness and the huge crowds which attended his funeral in Shinrone over the weekend were an indication of his popularity and the impact he made in Shinrone over the last 30 years.

Fr Meehan, who was born on March 2, 1946, was a native of Ennis, Co. Clare and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 46 years. He was a past pupil of St Flannan's College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Maynooth and he was ordained in the Cathedral, Ennis on June 19, 1971.

After his ordination he was appointed Curate in Kilmurry Ibrickane and in July 1973 he was appointed to the Emigrant Apostolate in England. He was recalled in November 1973 to become a temporary Curate in Bodyke. He was then appointed in July 1974 to work in the Archdiocese of Dublin where he remained until 1978 when he was appointed Curate in Silvermines, Co. Tippeary.

In July 1987 he was appointed Curate in Shinrone, Co Offaly and he succeeded as Parish Priest there in July 1998.

He died on Thursday, November 16 in Tullamore Hospital following a short illness.

His remains were removed to to St Mary's Church Shinrone on Friday where they lay in repose on both Friday and Saturday evening.

Funeral Mass was concelebrated on Sunday afternoon in St Mary's Church with burial in adjoining cemetery.

Fr Meehan was predeceased by his brothers Fr John and Michael.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his sisters Mary Byrt, Anne Fry and Rita Ryan, brother Tony, uncle Tom, sister-in-law Mary, brother-in-law Terry, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, along with the Bishop and priests of the Diocese.

 Cllr Peter Ormond said Fr Meehan was a very popular priest who had been a very important and much appreciated part of the Shinrone community for the last three decades.

"He loved hurling and football and took a great interest in Shinrone and Offaly hurling. Half of the parish is also in Tipperary, therefore he took a great interest in Tipperary hurling as well. He attended the senior hurling inter-county final in Croke Park every year without fail.

"He also looked forward each year to his visits to Lourdes. He brought parishioners to Lourdes every year, many of them sick or physically impaired."

Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solas suthain air.


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