Statement on the death of Fr Ronan Drury

I heard of the death of Fr Ronan Drury with great sadness. Even though I had known him since my days as a student in Maynooth in the nineteen sixties, it was only in more recent years that I got to know him fairly well and to appreciate his great qualities. He had been Professor […]

Homily at the funeral of Fr. Raymond Brady

Parishioners here will know that in recent times Fr Ray usually occupied a seat over there in the sanctuary for Mass as often as he was able to. Illness slowed him down, but it never kept him late. He would always be there in good time, and would have said at least a rosary before […]

Homily at Funeral Mass for Fr. Brian McNamara

  Today we say farewell to Canon Brian McNamara. He enjoyed robust good health for most of his long life, but in recent years he was confined to the house because of illness. He was wonderfully looked after  here in his adopted parish of Derrylin by a team of carers who went far beyond the […]


Feast Of The Body And Blood Of Christ 18 June 2017   Before he ascended into heaven Christ promised his disciples – paradoxically: “I will be with you always, till the end of the world.” Christ remains with us above all in the Eucharist – the Mass. The feast of Corpus Christi – the feast […]

Homily at Mass to celebrate 70th anniversary of ordination of Msgr. P.J. McManus

MONSIGNOR P.J. MCMANUS 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION 2 July 2017   First of all I congratulate you, Monsignor P.J. on this happy day. I congratulate you not just on reaching this rarely seen landmark on your life’s journey and your priestly journey, but on reaching it with some style – with a clear mind and […]

Feast of St. Felims. Patron of the diocese of Kilmore

FEAST OF ST FELIM Patron of the Diocese of Kilmore 9 August 2017 I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was on a pilgrimage to Wurzburg in Germany with a parish group from Mullagh. We went for the annual feast of St Kilian, who was born in Mullagh and who brought the faith to […]

Homily at the Conferral of Acolyte on Padraig Kelly.

CONFERRAL OF ACOLYTE PADRAIG KELLY St Clare’s Church, Manorhamilton 10 June 2017   The ministry of acolyte that Padraig will receive shortly is the final stage on the journey to the order of Deacon. As the readings of our Mass today suggest, it is concerned very much with the ministry of the Eucharist. As an […]

Homily of Bishop Leo O’Reilly at the welcome Mass for the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett 6thJune2017

Around this time of year bishops would normally be preparing to make new parish appointments, the annual diocesan changes. The reason ‘the changes’ happened at this time of year was simple. Whatever vacancies might have occurred could now be filled because there were new priests, who had been recently ordained, waiting for appointments. Some of […]


HOMILY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MASS Basilica of St Pius X, Lourdes World Communications Day, 28 May 2017   Dear fellow pilgrims, we are here in Lourdes on the 7th Sunday of Easter, after the feast of the Ascension and before the feast of Pentecost. Our first reading today describes this in-between time when the apostles […]


FUNERAL MASS FR CHARLES HEEREY 30 April 2017   The story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is one Fr Charlie would have used at many of the funeral Masses he celebrated in the course of his long, and very fruitful ministry.   I think he would be very happy to have it […]