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Death occurs of Fr Jack Walsh, former parish priest of Emo-Rath

Fr Jack Walsh, the former parish priest of Emo-Rath

The death has occurred of Fr Jack Walsh, the former parish priest of Emo-Rath. He was aged in his early 90s.

From Kildare originally, Fr Walsh was ordained as a priest in the mid 1950s and came to Rath as a curate in 1975. He had served prior to that in the Killeigh-Raheen parish in Offaly.

The parish priest at the time was a Fr Maher, a role that Fr Walsh later served in for many years which saw him move to the parochial house in Emo.

He celebrated both his silver and golden jubilee as a priest during his time in the parish.

A formidable man, among the many ventures he oversaw was the introduction of the annual senior citizens Christmas party, the weekly card games and a very popular variety show which ran for a number of years.

He was also instrumental in the development of new primary schools in both Rath and Emo.

In later years, Fr Walsh returned to live in the parochial house in Rath.

He died peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff of Aut Even Hospital in Kilkenny.

Predeceased by his brother Bill, he is deeply regretted by his loyal carer Margot Coogan, his brother Thos, his sister-in-law Hannah, his nieces, Bishop Denis Nulty, priests of Kildare and Leighlin Diocese, former parishioners, cousins, extended family and friends.

Reposing at The Sacred Heart Church Rath Ballybrittas on Monday afternoon from 2pm with Funeral Prayers on Monday evening at 7:30pm.

Requiem Mass in St Paul’s Church Emo on Tuesday at 12 noon. Interment afterwards in adjoining Cemetery.

House Strictly Private Please. Family Flowers Only Please. Donations If Desired To The Simon Community.

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