Margaret Sheehan, Upper Rochestown died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday 17th May 2017.  We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Dan, son David and her extended family.  May she rest in peace.

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Kay O’Keeffe (née Hooper), Clonmel, Co. Tipperary died peacefully on Saturday 13th May 2017.  We offer our sincere sympathy to her sister Helen and her brother Ben and their families.  May she rest in peace.

 

Susan Hurley (née Mulvihill) of Douglas, but who had lived in Passage West and in Ringaskiddy in more recent years, passed away unexpectedly on Monday 15th May 2017. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

 

We offer our sincere sympathy to Paschal O’Regan, Glenbrook on the death of his father, Peter O’Regan, Southern Road whose Funeral Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Passage West on Friday 21st April 2017.  May he rest in peace.

 

We offer our sincere sympathy to Michael Murphy, Scotsman’s Road, Monkstown on death of his sister Eileen Collins, Millstreet on Tuesday 23rd April 2017.  May she rest in peace.

 

Joan Masson died unexpectedly at Cork University Hospital on Wednesday 29th March 2017.  We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband John, daughter Siobhán and her extended family.  May she rest in peace.

ELLEN (NELLY) COLEMAN, Passage West died peacefully in the loving care of  Marymount Hospice on Wednesday 8th March 2017.  Deeply mourned by her sister Hannah, brother John, extended family and her many friends from the Mount and throughout Passage West.  May she rest in peace.
 

Maeve Treacy died peacefully at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice on Friday 24th March 2017.  We offer our sincere sympathy to her daughters, Aisling, Michelle, Joanne, son Carl and her extended family.  May she rest in peace.

CATHERINE BARRY, Glen Road, Monkstown died peacefully at Marymount Hospice on Wednesday 8th February 2017.  We offer our sincere sympathy to her daughters Gillian and Catriona, son David and her extended family and friends.  May she rest in peace.
 
FINIAN HOURIHANE, Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West died peacefully at home on Sunday 12th February 2017.  We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife Nuala, son Leonard, daughters Rosemarie, Elizabeth and Helen and his extended family.  May he rest in peace.

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Mary Cotter, Assumption Villas, Passage West died unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday 15th March 2017. We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Patrick, sons James and Aaron, father Tom and her extended family.  May she rest in peace.

Fr John Cotter RIP: A friend and faithful priest.

On Friday week last I received a text from a priest friend of mine, telling me that my dear friend Fr John Cotter had died.  Even though I knew that his passing from life on this earth was imminent, I was naturally saddened at his passing.  Fr John and I were in school together.  He was ordained a Priest in 1963, a year after me.

Fr John began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Savannah Georgia in America.  After years he returned to the Diocese of Cork and Ross and worked in a number of parishes.  He worked as a curate in Passage West from 1972 to 1981 and was Parish Priest of Monkstown from 1998 to 2005.  Still today in the Harbour Parishes, his is a household name.  You need only mention his name and the reaction you get is a very warm one.  The people of the Harbour Parishes appreciated a priest who worked well and kindly among them.  There was praise this past week for a priest with a human face, a man with the common touch.  Words like kindness, understanding, big heart, especially with those who were old or sick or feeling the pressures of life, were synonymous with Fr Cotter.

He always had time for people and had a tremendous interest and zest and enthusiasm for people.  Someone once said that said that the world belongs to those who love people.  If you do not love people don’t bother preaching to them. We all preach by the lives we live. Fr Cotter was a faithful priest and it is no small achievement in society today. Mother Theresa once said “God called us to be faithful, He did not call us to be successful”.  Everybody who knew Fr John will have his or her own personal story of encounters with him.  He always had a deep interest in so many people, an interest that was certainly not gossip, not power, not curiosity, not in any way threatening or overpowering.  It was part of his gift as a priest of Christ.  There was a wonderful air of gentleness and humility about him.  The night prayer of the Breviary which priests and religious and many lay people pray and which was part of Fr John’s daily prayer all his life, says; “Save us Lord while we are awake, protect us while we sleep, that we may keep watch with Christ and rest with Him in peace”.  With hearts filled with gratitude and love we thank the Lord for Fr John and pray that he may have a quiet night and peaceful rest until we meet again in God’s kingdom.                                                            Fr John