Parish Of Birth
Murragh and Templemartin
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Cathedral/Clogheen CC : 20/10/1920 – 15/5/1921
Chaplain, Good Shepherd Convent : 14/1/1917 – 20/10/1920
Beal Ath’n Ghaorthaigh CC : 3/3/1912 – 14/1/1917
Ministry Abroad/England : 1908 – 1912
APPALING CITY TRAGEDIES
The tragedy took place at Upper Janemount, Sunday’s Well, at the residence of Alderman Liam de Roiste, who has been an M.P. for the city for the past few years, and who was one of the members returned un-opposed on Friday last.
Liam de Roiste was not in his house on Saturday night, but Rev Fr. James O’Callaghan, who is attached to the North Chapel, and who is chaplain to the Good Shepherd’s Convent resided in the house. About 4 a.m., yesterday, a party of men in civilian dress arrrived at the house, and knocked loudly at the door. As there was some delay in responding to the knock, the men are reported to have smashed in the glass panels, with the weapons which they carried in their hands. Fr O’Callaghan, hearing the noise and commotion, came on to the landing. By this time some of the men had come up the stairs and immediately a volley of bullets were fired at him from a distance of a few yards. One bullet passed clean through his body and the priest collapsed on the landing, blood pouring copiously from the terrible wound. The raiding party then retired as quickly as possible. Mrs de Roiste and her servant, who were terribly shocked, rushed to the priest’s assistance. The Corporation ambulance was summoned at 4.15 a.m., and at once proceeded to the spot. They found Fr. O’Callaghan lying on the landing, very badly wounded. Owing to the very steep, hilly nature of the place, they had to wrap him in a blanket, put him on a stretcher and carry him some distance down, until they got to the ambulance. They then drove with all speed to the North Infirmary, where the Rev. gentleman was attended to by the skilled medical and nursing staff of the institution. The dreadful deed intensified the feelings of horror and alarm of the citizens.
Prayers for his recovery were offered in several of the Catholic churches in the city yesterday.
DEATH OF Fr. O’CALLAGHAN
The Rev. Fr. O’Callaghan, who was admitted to the North Infirmary at 4.15a.m. yesterday morning, died at the institution at 6.00p.m. last evening.
Extract from the CORK CONSTITUTION, Monday, May 16th 1921.
Fr. O’CALLAGHAN’S FUNERAL
Originally the internment was fixed for St. Joseph’s Cemetery, but by request of the residents of Clogheen, where the deceased ministered, and where he was loved by the people, the place of burial was changed to Clogheen.
Extract from the CORK CONSTITUTION, Wednesday, May 18th 1921.
He was an uncle of Very Rev. Daniel Canon Connolly, P.P., Turners Cross (1973-1974)
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
North Infirmary Hospital, Cork
Place Of Burial
Church of the Most Precious Blood Grounds, Clogheen, Cork
The funeral of Rev James O’Callaghan C.C., Cathedral took place yesterday after Office and Requiem Mass to Clogheen. It was an impressive demonstration of grief and supplied in the representative character of its proportions an abiding tribute to the memory of the deceased priest, as well as affording eloquent attestation of the general feeling of revulsion and horror at the tragic circumstances of his death. The death of so young and estimable a priest in such terrible conditions evoked a widespread sensation of mournful shock, which found fitting expression in the representative and impressive character of yesterdays obsequies. The attendance of the clergy of the diocese was remarkably large, while the Corporation, Harbour Board, County Council, and other various public bodies in the city were numerously represented.
There were many touching evidences of the general grief felt by the people at the tragic death of Father O’Callaghan, and the funeral as it wended its way to Clogheen was supplemented at many points by groups of mourners.
The remains lay overnight in the Cathedral, and yesterday at 11 o’clock Office and Solemn Requien Mass was celebrated for the repose of the soul of the deceased priest.
The celebrant was Fr. Denis Deasy, C.C., St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris; deacon, Fr John J. Ahern, C.C., Cathedral; subdeacon, Fr. Jeremiah Coughlan, C.C., do, and master of ceremonies, Fr. Richard J. Barrett, C.C., do.
His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Cohalan presided at the ceremonies.
Extract from the CORK EXAMINER, Wednesday, May 18th, 1921.
His nephew, Very Rev. Daniel Connolly, P.P.