Very Rev. Canon Patrick Gerard Joseph (Paddy) Cahalane PE


Parish Of Birth

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

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

Retired ex Bandon PP : 1992

Bandon PP : 12/6/1984 – 1992

Murragh and Templemartin PP : 13/6/1979 – 12/6/1984

Cathedral/Clogheen CC : 13/2/1971 – 13/6/1979

Cathedral CC : 14/6/1969 – 13/2/1971

Gurranabraher CC1 : 6/7/1963 – 14/6/1969

Murragh and Templemartin CC : 23/3/1957 – 6/7/1963

Drinagh CC : 5/10/1946 – 23/3/1957

Drimoleague AP : 8/9/1944 – 5/10/1946

Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1985.

He was a nephew of Very Rev. Patrick Canon Cahalane, P.P., Kilmurry (1959-1963).

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
Rosnalee Nursing Home, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Place Of Burial
St. Finbarr’s Cemetery, Kilmurry, Co. Cork

The death occurred on January 3rd 1995 of Vy. Rev. Canon Patrick Cahalane, retired parish priest of Bandon, after a long illness. A native of Kilmichael, Canon Cahalane was ordained in 1944.
His ministry until his retirement in 1992 was spent in the local dioceses, beginning with Drimoleague parish. Canon Cahalane also served as Curate in the parishes of Murragh, Gurranabraher, the Cathedral and Clogheen. He was appointed Parish Priest of Murragh in 1979 and of Bandon in 1984. He was appointed a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1985.
At his Funeral Mass in Bandon Parish Church, his friend and colleague, Canon Declan Crowley, P.P., Ovens, spoke simple and sincere words of tribute:
“Looking back over the years, what was important for him? It was this: ‘play the hand that’s dealt to you’. He got hands good and bad – sometimes trumpless hands – and not even a joker or an Ace of Hearts. Whatever was dealt to him, he played as it should be played.
Whenever you called – no matter what the hour – you were fed and watered and you went on your way with a blessing and you were welcome to come back at any time. You’d be the better for meeting him. He did great things for people but that was between God and himself – ’twas God’s business – you never heard about it from him.
His life for the last two years may seem lost in the afflictions of old age, but it has not been wasted. It is the harvested field. His life is in the memory and the heart of God. May he rest in peace.”

First published in the Cork and Ross Diocesan Directory 1996.

The Concelebrated Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Bandon, Co. Cork.