Very Rev. Canon Patrick O’Leary PP


Parish Of Birth

Colleges Attended
Irish College, Paris France

Details Of Ordination
Irish College Chapel, Paris, France

Ss. Peter & Paul’s PP : 14/1/1917 – 24/1/1932

Glounthaune PP : 14/3/1915 – 14/1/1917

The Lough CC : 4/5/1890 – 14/3/1915

Chaplain, County Gaol : 8/11/1889 – 4/5/1890

Chaplain, Bon Secours Convent : 8/11/1889 – 4/5/1890

St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s C.C. : 1879 – 8/11/1889

Chaplain, St Patrick’s Hospital and Fever : 1879 – 8/11/1889

Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1914.

He was a brother of Fr. John O’Leary, P.P., Kilbrittain, and an uncle of Fr. Michael O’Leary, P.P., Schull.
Ss. Peter &Paul’s ceased to be a mensal parish on January 14th, 1917. Bishop Cohalan selected St. Finbarr’s South instead, and on that date Canon O’Leary was appointed Parish Priest.
As curate in the Lough parish he took a leading part in the Temperance movement. The former “Fr. O’Leary Temperance Hall” on the Bandon Road, Cork was named in his honour.
Also while serving in the Lough parish he took up the study of the Irish language and in a short time he became a fluent Irish speaker. He wrote an number of Irish text books, and the one by which he was best known was Ceacta Beag, a book which was widely used in schools throughout the country. Another of his books, Caint na nDaoine was published in 1920.
On the 15th February 1921, he was a passenger on the Cork to Bandon train which was attacked in a foiled IRA ambush at Upton Station, Co. Cork, during which, six civilians, three West Cork Brigade volunteers and a number of British soldiers lost their lives. This was an incident from which he never recovered. On the 16th September 1928, Bishop Cohalan appointed Fr Michael A. Kiely, C.C.(Ss. Peter & Pauls) as Administrator of the Parish.

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
Ss. Peter and Paul’s Presbytery, Cork

Place Of Burial
St. Finbarr’s Cemetery, Cork

His Lordship, Most rev. Dr. Cohalan, Bishop of Cork, presided at the Solemn Requiem Mass. The celebrant was, Fr. Michael A. Kiely, Adm. Ss. Peter and Paul’s; deacon was, Fr. Patrick McSweeney, C.C., Kinsale; sub-deacon was, Fr. Michael O’Leary, C.C., St. Patrick’s (nephew), the masters of ceremonies were, Fr. Jeremiah Fehily, C.C., Ss. Peter and Paul’s and Fr. Richard J. Barrett, C.C., Cathedral.

Associated Links
His brother, Very Rev. John
His nephew, Fr. Michael O’Leary, PP