GREAT SADNESS AT DEATH OF KILDORRERY CLERIC
The Church of Saint Bartholomew in Kildorrery was packed to capacity as mourners gathered to say their final farewell to popular local curate, Fr Liam Foley who passed away earlier this week. Fr Foley, (71), a native of Killorglin in County Kerry, was ordained in Macroom on 19 May 2002. He was then posted as curate to Rockchapel for two years and moved to Kildorrery 7 years ago, in 2004.
“Fr Liam was very well liked and we will all miss him,” Killdorrery parish priest, Canon Patrick Twomey told The Avondhu.
“He was a gentleman and he had a special way with the sick and elderly of the parish. He was also very involved in preparing the children for their First Communion and I know he will be sadly missed by all who knew him,” Fr Twomey said.
Fr Foley had been ill for sometime and passed away last Sunday morning (February 20) in Killorglin. His remains were removed to St James’ Church in Killorglin and then brought to Killdorrery on Tuesday, February 22 where a large crowd gathered at the parish church.
“The church was packed with mourners from Killorglin, Rockchapel and of course Kildorrery. There were up to 70 priests in attendance and the local children formed a guard of honour for Fr Liam,” Fr Twomey added.
The principal celebrant at the funeral Mass was a brother of the deceased, Kiltegan cleric, Fr Dermot Foley and his Grace, the Archbishop of Cashel, the most reverend Dermot Clifford presided.
“I would like to thank the people of the parish for all their help in organising this very sad occasion. And I would also like to commend the National Roads Authority (NRA) and Roundstone Wood Limited for suspending work on the N73 because of the funeral,” Fr Twomey concluded.
Friday 25th February 7:47am