Very Rev. Canon Denis McCarthy PP


Parish Of Birth

Colleges Attended
Irish College, Paris France

Details Of Ordination
Paris, France

Ballincollig PP : 05/1890 – 27/9/1901

Cathedral CC : 12/1886 – 05/1890

Bandon CC : 03/1881 – 12/1886

South Parish CC : 1875 – 03/1881

Chaplain, Cork Workhouse : 1870 – 1875

Carrigaline CC : 1868 – 1870

Ballydehob CC : 03/1865 – 1868

Chaplain, Sisters of Mercy/Cork : 1864 – 03/1865

Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1887.

He was a cousin of the brothers, Fr. John Burke, C.C., Rosscarbery (1902-1905) and Very Rev. Jeremiah Burke, P.P., Barryroe (1918-1939)

The circumstances surrounding his death are of interest. Canon McCarthy left his home in Ballincollig and journeyed to Cork by train. It was his intention to take part in the Month’s Mind Mass of the late Archdeacon Coghlan in Blackrock. At Capwell Station (Cork) he hired a covered car to take him to Blackrock Church. On route to Blackrock, the driver was surprised to hear him call out as if he was in pain. The driver immediately got down and was surprised to find that the Canon had collapsed in the car. The driver immediately had the patient driven to the South Infirmary, where the Canon died within a short time of arriving at the hospital.

In 1881, Charles Stewart Parnell sought the representation of the City of Cork in the British Parliament for the first time. One of the signatories to a nomination paper handed in on his behalf was that of Fr. McCarthy, the second sigature being that of Fr. John O’Mahony (later Canon O’Mahony, P.P., Kilmurry), then also a curate in the South Parish.
For a more detailed treatise of Fr. McCarthy’s appointments, etc., see:
A History of the Diocese of Cork – the Episcopate of William Delany, 1847 -1886 by Evelyn Bolster, p. 257ff, 301.

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
South Infirmary Hospital, Cork

Place Of Burial
St. Mary and St. John’s Church Grounds, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. T. A. O’Callaghan, Bishop of Cork, presided at the Solem Requiem Mass. The celebrant of the Mass was, Fr. Patrick O’Connell, P.P., Ovens; deacon was, Fr. William Desmond, C.C., Kilmurry; sub-deacon was, Fr. Thomas J. Magner, C.C., Cathedral, and the master of ceremonies was, Fr. Martin Murphy, C.C., Cathedral.

Associated Links
His cousin, Fr. John Burke
His cousin, Very Rev. Jeremiah Burke