Friday, 07 January 2022 13:04

Fr Kevin McNamara RIP

Fr Kevin McNamara RIP (former assistant priest in Tamworth): “The Diocese of Kerry has expressed its “widespread shock” at the unexpected death of the much-loved priest and columnist Fr Kevin McNamara. Fr Kevin, as he was affectionately known, was in hospital for several days when he suddenly took ill and died.

From Cooraclare in West Clare, Fr Kevin was blessed with the gift of communicating with the masses and he used several channels to help spread the word over the years. He was ordained in 1981 as a Missionaries of the Sacred Heart priest, serving in Tamworth from 1984 to 1988 where he was a much-loved assistant to Fr Pat Duffy. He also worked in Liverpool, before he returned to Ireland to serve as parish priest of the Sacred Heart Parish on Cork’s Western Rd from 1993 to 1999.

It was during this time that he wrote a weekly column for The Echo, and later for The Muskerry Leader community paper in Ballincollig. He organised two novenas annually which attracted huge crowds, and he often arranged for a chip van to park outside the church to feed the crowds.

He also featured in the RTÉ TV documentary, The Confessors, in which he spoke openly about how the church has been very hurtful to women and about the upset he felt at the flood of revelations of child sexual abuse perpetrated by the clergy. Documentary film-maker Alex Fegan described Fr Kevin as “one of a kind” with a gift for communicating.”

May Fr Kevin rest in peace. Mass will be offered in the parish for him soon.