Very Rev. Canon William (Billy) Shinkwin PE


Parish Of Birth

Colleges Attended
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland

Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Retired ex The Lough AP : 1/7/2005

The Lough AP : 19/6/2005 – 1/7/2005

Retired ex The Lough : 19/6/1998

The Lough PP : 12/6/1984 – 19/6/1998

Kinsale PP : 6/9/1980 – 12/6/1984

Ballineaspaig CC : 25/1/1969 – 6/9/1980

Carrigaline CC : 23/6/1962 – 25/1/1969

Drinagh CC : 23/3/1957 – 23/6/1962

St. Patrick’s/Holy Family CC : 1/7/1950 – 23/3/1957

Chaplain, St. Patrick’s Incurable Hospital : 1/7/1950 – 23/3/1957

Chaplain, Colaiste Mhuire : 19/9/1948 – 1/7/1950

Ministry Abroad/Southwark : 1945 – 1948

Appointed Vicar Forane (V.F.) of the Kinsale Deanery on the 6/9/1980.
Appointed Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1993.

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
Parochial House, The Lough, Cork

Place Of Burial
Church of the Immaculate Conception Grounds, The Lough, Cork

The death occurred in his home on Friday of Canon William Shinkwin, retired parish priest of our parish. He died peacefully in his sleep.
A native of Bandon Parish, Canon Shinkwin, was ordained in Maynooth College in 1945 and only retired fully from public ministry last year having completed 60 years as a priest. Even then, he continued to celebrate the public Mass on Saturday at 12 noon in the Lough.
After ordination, he was sent on temporary mission to Southward Diocese, London, before returning to take up a number of short-term appointments in Cork, including Coláiste Mhuire (One-Day Week School) and Chaplain in St Patrick’s Hospital. He frequently spoke about his chaplaincy days with humour and affection.
In March 1957, he was appointed curate in Drimoleague parish where he served in Drinagh for five years. During his time there he was appointed the first Chairman of the Board of Drinagh Co-Op. He enjoyed this role and brought considerable personal and managerial skills to the post and he looked back on his contribution to West Cork farming with pride.
He served as curate in Carrigaline from 1962 until 1969 when he returned to Cork to serve in the rapidly expanding parish of Ballineaspaig. His innate humour, hard work and down-to-earth spirituality endeared him to people who remained life-long friends.
?His first term as parish priest was in Kinsale from September 1979 until June 1984 when he was appointed Parish Priest of the Lough. During his time here, his steady, gentle and prayerful running of the parish won him many accolades as a fine priest and honoured gentleman.
?He served here as parish priest until 1998 and as assistant priest after his retirement until June 2005.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Lough Church on Monday at 2pm. Canon Shinkwin will be buried in the church grounds.
May he rest in peace.
[– The Lough Parish Newsletter, Sunday November 5th, 2006.]

Associated Links
His uncle, Fr. John Walsh, Cp