Canon Tom KelleherCanon Tom Kelleher

Death of Canon Tom Kelleher, former PP of Courceys

The death has been announced of Canon Tom Kelleher, a retired priest of the diocese.

Canon Kelleher has served as a priest for 68 years since he was ordained in June 1954. He was a native of Kilmichael Parish and retired as Parish Priest of Courceys Parish in 2012 after serving there since 1985.

After ordination he served on temporary mission in New York where some of his classmates also served. On return to Ireland he served a number of chaplaincy appointments and was Diocesan Secretary from 1961 to 1969 when he volunteered to serve in the Diocesan Mission in Trujillo, Peru.

Following his return to Cork in 1975 he served as curate in the South Parish and then in St Joseph’s, Mayfield, before becoming Parish Priest of Courceys (Ballinspittle and Ballinadee).

When he retired, he moved to live at The Presbytery in Kinsale and also assisted in the parish.

May he rest in the eternal peace of the Lord whom he served