Canon Bernard DonovanCanon Bernard Donovan

The Bishop's Office has announced that the death has occurred today of Canon Bernard Donovan in Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.

Bishop Fintan Gavin has extended his sympathy and prayerful support to all of Canon Bernard’s family, parishioners and friends at this time.

Canon Bernard has been ministering in Kilmurry Parish since 2008 and lived in Cloughduv.

Canon Bernard, a native of The South Parish, was ordained on November 9th 1974, at The Reparation Convent, Summerhill South, Cork.  After ordination he served for a time in St. Patrick’s Parish, Cork, and the following year, he was appointed curate at Gurranabraher.

Between 1979 and 2003, Canon Bernard served for 15 years during three terms on the Cork and Ross Diocesan Mission in Trujillo, Peru. In between, he was curate in Carrigaline (1986 – 1992) and curate in Clonakilty (1998 – 2000).  Following his time in Peru, he was on sabbatical for a year before returning home to be appointed Parish Priest of Schull in 2004. His ministry was later extended to include being Administrator of Goleen.

In October 2008, Canon Bernard was appointed Parish Priest of Kilmurry Parish and in September 2022 he was appointed Co-Parish Priest in the Family of Parishes of Bandon, Enniskeane & Desertserges,  Innishannon / Knockavilla, Kilbrittain, Kilmurry and Murragh & Templemartin.

May he now rest in the peace of the Lord.