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THE PRIESTS OF THE PARISH

Much of the information on this page is taken from

"Diocese of Kilmore
Its Bishops and Priests 1136 - 1988"
by Francis J McKiernan

and from


"The Missionary Priests and Bishops
of the Diocese of Kilmore"
by Killian J Mitchell, O Praem


Parish Priests

Name

Date of Appointment

Myles McParlan

1695

Owen McParlan

1737

John McParlan

1747

James Forde

1784

Ambrose Cassidy OFM

1801

Thomas Maguire

1825

Thomas Forde

1835

Bryan Keaney

1853

John Maguire

April 1866

James McParlan

November 1866

James Dolan

1886

Patrick McMorrow

1904

Francis Flynn

1923

Michael Kelly

1937

James Rynn

1944

Patrick Connelly

1952

Charles McGovern

1961

Edmund Lynch

1969

Felim Kelly

1989

Eamonn Bredin

1999

Gerard Alwill

2005

Tom McManus

2017

Name

Came

Left

Terence Connolly

1901

1904

Laurence Galligan

1904

1909

John McGauran

1909

1912

Michael McTiernan

1912

1914

Patrick McGriskin

1914

1915

Peter O’Reilly

1915

1916

Terence McDermott

1916

1917

P J Cassidy (Elphin)

1918

1919

Thomas McMahon

1918

1919

Patrick McPhillips

1919

1922

James O’Rourke

1922

1925

John Magauran

1925

1932

Francis Rynn

1932

1934

Joseph Gilmartin

1934

1935

Francis Lynott

1935

Died in 1935

Joseph Hunt

1937

1949

John M Byrne

1937

1938

Thomas Curran

1949

1952

John E T O’Reilly

1952

1953

James Duffy

1953

1961

Michael McManus

March 1961

November 1961

Curates in Drumkeeran
(Since 1900)

Name

Came

Left

Martin Kelly

1898

1908

Patrick McPhillips

1908

1909

John Smith

1909

1913

John McGauran

1913

1915

Bernard Farrelly

1915

1922

James Rynn

1922

1927

Edward McGennis

1927

1937

Brian C Maguire

1937

1941

Thomas Devaney

1941

1947

Edmund Lynch

1947

1954

James Gilsenan

1954

1961

James Boyle

1961

1969

Name

Came

Left

Francis Kelleher

1969

1972

Oliver Kelly

1972

1975

Patrick J Flynn

1975

1978

Sean Mawn

1978

1983

Charles O'Gorman

1983

1984

Donal Kilduff

1984

1991


1991

1996

John P Sexton

1996

2000

Jason Murphy

2000

2002

Lochlann Carolan

2002

2004

Terry Smith

2004

2005

Curates in Newbridge
(From 1900 to 1969)

Curates in Creevelea
(From 1969 to 2005)

On 23rd August 1969 the boundaries of
the parish of Inishmagrath were changed.

The Newbridge area was taken from the parish of Inishmagrath and was amalgamated with the parish of Ballinaglera.

The Parish of Killargue, which also contained Creevelea, was abolished.
The Killargue area was amalgamated with Drumahair
and the Creevelea area was amalgamated with Inishmagrath.

Below are the lists of priests who served as curates in Newbridge until 1969 and the priests who served as curates in Creevelea after 1969.

In 2005 the number of priests in Inishmagrath was reduced to one.
There is now no priest resident in the Creevelea area.

Name

Townland

Born

Ord

Died

Thomas Ward

Unknown



1831

Patrick McMurray

Unknown

1798

1835

1838

James McMurray

Unknown

?

1836

1859

James McPartlan

Greaghnaslieve

1818

1849

1886

Patrick McMorrow

Tullymorrow

1839

1871

1923

John Rogan

Stangaun

1853

1877

1877

Michael McLoughlin

Litter

1878

1905

1920

John F Dolan

Frumkeerin

1891

1917

1969

Michael O'Rourke

Cloonemone

1894

1921

1967

John D McGrail

Lisfultighan

1900

1925

1961

Patrick McNiffe

Moneenatieve

1901

1926

1973

Hugh McGrail

Lisfultighan

1909

1937

1988

John McTiernan

Moneenatieve

1947

1973


John Gilhooly

Knockatean

1959

1984


Priests born in Inishmagrath and who were ordained for the diocese of Kilmore

Name

Townland

Order or
Diocese

Born

Ord

Died

Charles Smith

Aghamore

TOR

1889

1925

1986

Francis Smith

Aghamore

TOR

1881

1914

1974

Hugh P Smith

Aghamore

TOR

1888

1914

1973

Henry Forde

Corry

Clogher

1748

?

1793

Hugh McGrail

Derrintovey

OFM

1927

1956

1978

Thomas Kelly

Glackawn

Glasgow

1896

1925

1963

Hugh Byrne

Lisciullew

SSC

1916

1942

1989

Thomas McNiffe

Moneenatieve

Leeds

1879

1905

1950

Charles McNiffe

Moneenatieve

CSSR

1910

1935

1997

Maurice McNiffe

Moneenatieve

SSC

1920

1943

2006

Thomas Cornyn

Rossmore

Canada

1858

1882

1888

P J Forde

Rossmore

Brooklyn NY

1880

1910

1940

Raymond O'Rourke

Tarmon

Salford

1942

1967

1973

Joseph Flynn

Tents

SPS

1944

1970


James O'Rourke

Tents

SSC

1884

1923

1971

Charles McPadden

Tullaghans

MM
(Sth Sarolina)

1936

1969

2012

James McMorrow

Tullynorrow

Killala

?

1836

1859

John Joyce

Unknown

OFM

1849

1876

1933

Patrick Ward

Unknown

OFM

1753

1788

1800

Missionary Priests born in Inishmagrath

Explanation of the Abbreviations:

TOR = Third Order Regular (Franciscan)
OFM = Franciscan
SSC = Society of St Columban (Dalgan)
CSSR = Redemptorist
SPS:  St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan)
MM = Maryknoll Missionary

Francis Flynn 1923

James Dolan 1886

Ja

Michael Kelly 1937

James Rynn 1944

Edmund Lynch 1969

Eamonn Bredin 1999