Very Rev. Eugene Clarke P.E. R.I.P.

Retired Parish Priest of the Parish of Kilmore (Ballinagh & Drumcor)

10 June 1931 – 1 January 2021

Your prayers are asked for the happy repose of the soul of the late Fr. Eugene (Gene) Clarke who passed away on Friday 1 January 2021, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Born 10 June1931, son of Michael Clarke and Mary Gargan, Tullynaskeagh in the parish of Kilmainhamwood and Moybologue

Ordained in the College Chapel of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth on 23 June 1957

Served in the Archdiocese of Birmingham – 1957

Appointed C.C. in Drumreilly Lower – 1958

Appointed C.C. in Doobally – 1962

Appointed C.C. in Killargue – 1969

Appointed C.C. in Aughnasheelin – 1980

Appointed P.P. of Kilmore Parish (Ballinagh) – 1987

Appointed C.C. Kilmore Parish (Ballinagh) – 2002

Retired from active ministry – 2007

Returned to the House of the Father – Friday 1 January 2021

O God, you raised your servant, Fr. Eugene, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in your own Holy Name. We ask you to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into your Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the reward of his labours. This we ask through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

May his good and gentle soul rest in peace.

Due to current Government & HSE guidelines, Fr Eugene’s Funeral Mass and burial was private to family only. Those who would have liked to attend but were unable to do so may leave their condolences for the family at

Fr Eugene’s Funeral Mass took place on Monday 4 January 2021 in St Patrick’s Church, Drumcor, at 2pm wirh burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Fr Eugene’s Funeral Mass may be viewed by following this link:

Deepest sympathy is extended to Fr. Eugene’s brother, Fr Bosco (Buckinghamshire, England), nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces & all his extended family on their sad loss and also to Bishop Martin Hayes, Bishop-Emeritus Leo O’Reilly and Fr. Eugene’s brother priests in the Diocese of Kilmore, his former parishioners, his good neighbours, all his carers that looked after him so well and his many dear friends.