Fr Sean McTiernan

Fr Sean McTiernan

Sean McTiernan was born on 5 May 1936 to John and Mary McTiernan of Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim. He attended Carrigallen National School from 1942 to 1949, Moyne Classical School from 1950 to 1953 and St Mel’s College, Longford from 1953 to 1955. In September 1955 he commenced study for the priesthood at St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow and was ordained on 14 April 1963 at Killamoat Church close to Kiltegan by Bishop Patrick Cleary of Nancheng, China. Following his ordination Sean was appointed to the Diocese of Ogoja in Nigeria and later served in missions located at Abakaliki, Ishieke, Ezza and Umueozoka.

In 1969 he returned from Nigeria to spend time with his mother who was then terminally ill. After her death in the same year he commenced teaching in St Mary’s secondary Moyne, his alma mater, and later did a Graduate Certificate of Education in London followed by a summer course at the Sorbonne University in Paris. On completion of the courses he returned to Nigeria where he was appointed to St Augustine’s Junior Seminary, Ezzamgbo. In 1972 he became Director of Catechetics for Abakaliki and later to the board of Diocesan Consultors until 1974. In July of that year he returned to Ireland to be with his father who died the following month. In 1975 he returned to Nigeria and was appointed to Lagos where he ministered in the parish of Ajegunle. During his missionary appointments in Nigeria he was present when civil war broke out, also known as the Biafran War. Although his wish was to stay ministering to his flock he and a number of his fellow priests had to flee Nigeria and return to Ireland. The Biafran war impacted seriously on his health and it would not be an exaggeration to state that he never fully recovered from that experience. In 1976 having completed a Diploma in Catechetic at UCC he returned to Kiltegan and from there did a number of supplies in Mantua, Drum, Breegogue, Ferbane and having completed a Certificate in French Language and Civilisation in the Sorbonne, Paris he did supply duties in many French parishes. In 1988, having successfully completed a BA degree in Icelandic Language, and at the invitation of the Bishop of Reykjavik he was to spend the following ten years ministering there.

During his most serious and recent illness, whilst being cared for in a wonderful nursing facility attached to the missionary house at Kiltegan, it came to the attention of one of his former parishioners in Iceland that he was in ill health. Although he had lost his power of speech Fr Sean took a phone call from that parishioner who wanted to wish him well and reminded him of the fact that he had baptised her children which was a most happy and memorable occasion for her. In 2001 Fr Sean returned to Kiltegan and there spent the remainder of his life in semi-retirement. He helped out in all community activities and remained active until approximately one year ago when his health progressively deteriorated. On 11 November last he was transferred to Naas General Hospital and died there on the morning of Monday, 17 November in the presence of his brothers. On the following day, 18 November, his remains were removed from the Society oratory at Kiltegan to St Patrick’s Chapel. On 19 November he was laid to rest in the Society Cemetery at Kiltegan. He is survived by his brothers, Aidan, Tommy, Desmond and James. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam i gconai dilis.

Social Dancing

Social dancing will be held next Saturday night, 13 December in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel from 10:00pm to 12:30am. Music supplied by Country Traditions. All are welcome!

G.F.C. Lotto Results
The draw was held on Saturday, 6 December 2014 and the numbers drawn on the night were 6, 18, 20, and 29. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Killian McGuinness (14 Club), B. Mulligan, Carrickmakeegan, Rosaleen McKenna, ℅ Hunt’s, and PJ Maguire. Next week’s draw will be held in Charley Farrelly’s bar on 13 December 2014 when the Jackpot will be €3,100. Those in charge of the draw will be Declan Donohoe, Paddy O’Rourke, and Tiernan O’Rourke.

Card Drive

There will be a Card drive held on Saturday, 27 December starting at 3:00pm in Margaret of New Orleans Cottage, Tully South, Carrigallen. More details next week.

Outreach Service

The Mohill Family Support Centre’s Outreach Service will be available in Carrigallen’s Primary Care Centre every Tuesday from 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Items of News

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