GALLERY: Popular Longford priest retires ; function held to honour Fr Brian Brennan in Ballinalee

Rachel Masterson


Rachel Masterson


Having served the parish of Clonbroney in Holy Trinity Church Ballinalee, County Longford for nine years, Fr Brian Brennan recently retired following a total of 53 years in the priesthood.

Extremely well-thought of and respected in the parish, a retirement party and presentation was held for Fr Brennan in the Thomas Ashe Hall on Friday, October 7. 

Chairman of Clonbroney Pastoral Council Seamus Kiernan spoke highly of Fr Brennan, saying he took an active role in the parish. “He was nine years with us and he took on an active part in all aspects of parish life.

“He was an extremely good pastor, he looked after the spiritual needs of everyone in the parish. He was a very active man, and worked to help the parish." 

Grateful for the dedicated service, Seamus continued, “We’re all very thankful for his work and education. He was exceptional and a great leader along with Parish Secretary Carmel Nally.

“He was very well got and held in high esteem. A very approachable man, a man of the people and he served the people well. He was very good.”

Seamus’ sentiments were echoed at the presentation which was well-attended by locals wishing him all the best in his retirement. Presentations were made from the Golfing Society, Drama Society, Sean Connolly Football Club, St John’s Community (Church of Ireland) and the Parish of Clonbroney Pastoral Council. 

Seamus concluded by thanking everyone who helped and attended on the night and welcomed Fr Tom Murray to the parish.