Very Rev. Canon William (Bill) Aherne PP


Parish Of Birth
Tracton Abbey

Colleges Attended
St. Patrick’s College, Carlow Ireland

Details Of Ordination
Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross, Cork

Kilbrittain PP : 1991 – 27/6/2000

Ballyphehane CC : 14/9/1981 – 1991

Ballincollig CC1 : 16/12/1972 – 14/9/1981

Courceys CC : 8/11/1969 – 16/12/1972

Murragh and Templemartin CC : 4/9/1965 – 8/11/1969

Chaplain, Bandon Convent : 7/9/1963 – 4/9/1965

Ministry Abroad/ Savannah, Georgia : 1961 – 1963

Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in June 1998.
His nephew, Fr. Charles N. Kiely currently serves in the Diocese.

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
Parochial House, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork.

Place Of Burial
St Patrick’s Church Grounds, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork

Canon William Aherne, parish priest of Kilbrittain, died on June 27th. He had been in failing health for a while.
Canon Aherne was born in 1934 and was ordained a priest of the Cork Diocese in 1961.
His 39 years of priesthood saw him serve in many places, beginning in Savannah, USA, in 1961. He was appointed Chaplain in Bandon in 1963, and was appointed to his first curacy in 1965 when he went to Newcestown.
Further terms as curate saw him serve in Courceys (1969), Ballincollig (1972), and Ballyphehane (1981). He was appointed parish priest of Kilbrittain in 1991 and served there until his death.
Canon Aherne was buried in Kilbrittain on Friday June 30th.

Published in the Cork and Ross Diocesan Directory 2001.

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