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PP Fr Jackie Conroy mourned in Aughagower and beyond

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FONDLY REMEMBERED The late Jackie Conroy.

Michael Commins

FR Jackie Conroy, Parish Priest of Aughagower and Cushlough, died last weekend following a short illness. He was 69 and had ministered in the parish since his appointment back in 2000.
Jackie was born in Aughervilla, Claremorris, on April 2, 1948. He was ordained on June 9, 1973, and was assigned for the first year to Clare Island. His next posting was to Achill Sound where he was based from 1974 to 1978. From there he was assigned to Granlahan, Co Roscommon, where he spent the next eleven years up until 1989. 
This was followed by three years in Glenisland before being transferred to Belclare where he ministered for four years from 1992-96. Another four years followed in Moylough before he was appointed to Aughagower and Cushlough in 2000.
Fr Jackie was a reflective and kind pastor who rendered numerous kind deeds during his years in the ministry and who served his parishioners well. He was never a man for fuss or the limelight. This manifested itself in a special way in his final days when he requested that no homily be delivered during his Funeral Mass.
Archbishop Michael Neary visited the churches in the parish and spoke at the weekend Masses, expressing thanks and gratitude to Fr Jackie for his years of ministry in this region and the other parishes in which he served since 1973.
Reposing took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Cushlough, last Saturday evening with further reposing at St Patrick’s Church, Aughagower on Sunday evening.
Fr Frank Mitchell was the chief celebrant at the concelebrated Mass in Aughagower Church yesterday (Monday) while Archbishop Neary recited the Funeral Prayers. Ed Muldoon rendered a lovely selection of hymns and was accompanied by the Parish Choir. The Funeral Mass was followed by private cremation in Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.
Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Aughagower, on next Sunday, December 3, at 11.30am, followed by burial of Ashes in the Church ground.
Fr Jackie is deeply regretted by his brothers Pat and Eamon, the family circle, parishioners, Archbishop Michael and the clergy of the Tuam Diocese, and his close and cherished friends.

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