Fr. John Donnelly R.I.P.

Published on May 10, 2021

Retired Parish Priest of Lorrha & Dorrha, Co. Tipperary

Born on 23rd March 1923, Fr John was a native of Kinnitty, Co Offaly, and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 73 years.  He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was ordained on 20th June 1948.

His first appointment in 1948 was in the Diocese of Nottingham in the U.K. He returned to Ireland in 1950 to become a curate in Cranny, Co. Clare. In July 1952 he was appointed as curate in Whitegate Co. Clare. In July 1957 he moved to Kilkishen, Co Clare as curate and in 1965 he was appointed curate in Corofin, Co. Clare. His next move was in 1970 to Killaloe as curate where he served for 10 years until 1980. He was appointed P.P of Ruan & Dysart Parish, Co. Clare in July 1980. He moved as Parish Priest to Lorrha and Dorrha in 1987 where he ministered until his retirement as P.P in 1998.  He was appointed A.P in the same parish in July 1998 and continued to work as a priest of the parish until 2012.

He died at his home in the parochial house, Rathcabban, Co Tipperary on Sunday, 9th May 2021.  Predeceased by his sisters and brothers, Kathleen, Mai, Nora, Teresa, Jos, Jim, and Paddy. Deeply regretted by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, wonderful carers, and Milford Care Centre. Bishop Fintan Monahan, priests and religious in Killaloe Diocese, relatives, friends, and parishioners of the various parishes that he administered.
Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solas suthain air.

Funeral Arrangements

Fr Donnelly’s cortège will depart from his residence this Tuesday afternoon to Rathcabbin School arriving at 1.00 pm, to Lorrha School arriving at 1:30 pm Via Welshpark & Abbeyville, to Redwood School arriving at 2.00 pm via Ballyquirke, The Ferry, Portland & Moatfield, returning back to Rathcabbin. Concelebrated Mass on Wednesday afternoon at 3.00 pm in Our Lady Queen of Ireland Church, Rathcabbin, followed by interment in the church grounds. Mass can be viewed on

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