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Tributes paid following sad passing of popular Parish Priest

Tributes have been paid following the sad passing of Fr John Lalor – Parish Priest of Camross.

Fr Lalor passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny recently.

Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory, paid tribute to Fr Lalor who celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2018.

He said: “It is with deep sadness that we greeted the news of the death of Fr John.

“Since his ordination on June 16 1968, he has been a priest of the Diocese of Ossory.

“Fr John has, in all his appointments, served the people in his care to the best of his ability; his warm nature made him a very popular figure in the parish communities in which he served.

“Having worked for one year in Hexham and Newcastle in England, Fr John held a number of appointments in Ossory.

“He served in St Canice’s, Callan and Thomastown Parishes, and since 1987 he has lived and worked among the people of Camross.

“Fr John was a pioneer of lay involvement in the life of the parish and was a strong advocate, from the earliest of days, for people taking leadership roles in their parish community.

“I know, given his closeness with the people, that his death will be sadly felt by the people of Camross.

“I offer sympathies, then, to them and to his sisters and brother, his extended family, and to his brother priests and to all who knew and loved him.

“Ar dheis Dé do raibh a anam.”

Fr Lalor is regretted by his sisters Mary and Anne, brother Gay, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, Bishop of Ossory, Bishop Dermot Farrell, priests of Ossory diocese and the people of Camross.

Fr Lalor will be reposing at the Parochial House, Camross from 12 noon Friday.

His removal is at 7pm to St. Fergal’s Church, Camross for Funeral prayers at 7.15pm.

Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 12pm. Burial in Durrow Cemetery at 2.15pm approximately.

Fr John Lalor, Paddy Hyland and Revd Ian Poulton at the Camross Senior Citizens party in Camross Community Centre.
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Dermot Dolan, Grainne Collins, Gay Lalor and Fr. John Lalor on the Cullohill Mountain for the Cullodownhill Club NPS Round 6 on Sunday.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Derek Alcorn, Fr. John Lalor, Cllr. Michael Lalor, Sarah Cooper and Sheila Keenan at the Camross Social Services Annual Dinner in Camross Community Centre.
Picture: Alf Harvey.
Cutting the cake at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel for the Camross Social Services Annual Dinner. From left: Mary Carroll, Joan Thompson, Sarah Cooper, Christina Armitage, Sheila Keenan and John Cuddy. Included in picture are committee members: Joe Dooley, Cllr. Michael Lalor, Fr. John Lalor and Michael Dowling.
Picture: Alf Harvey.