Silver Jubilee of Fr. Iggy

Published on June 3, 2022

Congratulations to Fr. Iggy on the occasion of his silver jubilee. Fr. Iggy is a valued member of the Abbey Pastoral team celebrating the 7.40 am Mass in the Cathedral each morning and helping in the pastoral area at weekends. This is in addition to his responsibility as Principal of our Diocesan College, St. Flannan’s.
Fr. Ignatius was born on 1st August 1972 in the parish of Kilcolman Co. Offaly; educated at Ballyegan and Coolderry primary schools; he received his secondary school education in St. Brendan’s community school in Birr.
On completion of his secondary schooling, Fr. Iggy entered the National Seminary in Maynooth and received a BA in Geography and
Classics in 1993. Awarded a BD by the Pontificate University in Maynooth and in 1996 he completed his higher Diploma in Pastoral
Studies in 1997. In 2014 he was awarded an MA in Theological Studies by UL from Mary Immaculate College and in 2015 he received
the Higher Diploma in Education Management and Leadership by NUI.
Fr. Ignatius was ordained a priest 25 years ago this week in his native Parish of Kilcolman by Bishop Willie Walsh. He was appointed curate of Toomevara after his ordination, where he ministered for three years. In 2000 he studied for his H Dip in Education, at Trinity College and taught at Loreto College on St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
In 2001 Fr. Ignatius joined the staff of St. Flannan’s College, first as Dean of Studies in the final years of the boarding school and in
2005 joined the teaching staff. In 2017 he was appointed principal of the school, a position he still holds to this day. During his time in St. Flannan’s Fr. Iggy has assisted in the parishes of Kilmaley, Quin, and Ennis.
For the past 19 years, he is the Vocational Director for the Diocese and has accompanied many young and not so young on the discernment of their vocation.
We thank Fr. Iggy for his great witness and example of a happy fulfilled priest who each day answers the call of the Lord to be of service to God’s people. Wishing him every blessing as he continues to answer the Lord’s call to serve.
Ad Multos Annos