Very Rev. Canon James O’Brien PP VF


Parish Of Birth
St. Patrick’s

Colleges Attended
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland

Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Kinsale PP : 20/12/1943 – 30/4/1954

South Parish Adm. : 30/6/1938 – 20/12/1943

Dean of Residence/ U.C.C. : 5/10/1924 – 30/6/1938

St. Finbarr’s Seminary, Farranferris : 1912 – 5/10/1924

Chaplain, Honan Home : 1907 – 1915

Chaplain, St Angela’s Convent : 1/9/1907 – 5/10/1924

He was a nephew of Very Rev. Daniel Canon McNamara, P.P., South Parish (1899-1914)

Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter on the 8/7/1938.
Appointed Vicar Forane (VF)of the Kinsale Deanery on the 20/12/1943.

If one sought the motivating force behind all he (Canon O’Brien) did and said, one had not far to seek, for his devotion to the Blessed Virgin literally shone from him. During his Presidency of the Cork C.Y.M.S., he was closely connected with the formation of the Federation of the Catholic Young Men’s Society of Ireland, and he was later responsible for the consecretation of the Federation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The same great force lay behind another lasting memorial to his work in Cork. This was the introduction of the Crusade of the Miraculous Medal in St. Finbarr’s Church when he was Administrator there. This particular devotion had been brought to Cork some time earlier by the Vincentian Fathers and when Canon O’Brien threw himself behind the Crusade the results were remarkable. He visited practically all the imporant shrines of Our Lady in Europe in pre-war days and was spiritual director of many big pilgrimages, notably to Lourdes, and leader of other small parties to lesser known places of special devotion.

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
Bon Secours Hospital, Cork

Place Of Burial
St. Eltin’s Cemetery, Kinsale, Co. Cork.

The celebrant of the Requiem Mass was Very Rev. J. Canon Fehily, P.P. Ss. Peter and Paul’s, Cork; deacon Very Rev. Edward Canon Fitzgerald P.P., Dunmanway; sub-deacon, Very Rev. Matthew Canon McSweeney, P.P., Ballinhassig. The masters of ceremonies were, Fr. Charles O’Connor, C.C., Kinsale, and Very Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Harte, C.C., do.

Associated Links
His uncle, Very Rev. Canon Daniel, McNamara, P.P.