The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition)

Fr John says his sad good­byes to lo­cal parish­ioners


ON WED­NES­DAY, July 22, Fr John Shana­han the Parish Priest of Valen­tia Is­land for the past 22 years, of­fi­cially re­tired. A na­tive of Beau­fort, he came to Valen­tia in July 1993 hav­ing been ap­pointed by Bishop Diar­muid O’Suil­leab­háin.

It was to be his eighth and last ap­point­ment and the long­est of them all which was only sur­passed in longevity by Fr Pa­trick Maginn, a Ca­van na­tive, who served here for 50 years and passed away in 1869. Fr Shana­han says that he has been very happy here since 1993.

He has, since his or­di­na­tion in 1964, served in many parishes. Ox­ford in the Arch­dio­cese of Birm­ing­ham was his first parish af­ter which he was re­called in 1968. He came to Valen­tia in the late six­ties for six weeks to tem­po­rar­ily re­place the ex­ist­ing Parish Priest Fr Beasley, who was ill.

He sub­se­quently spent a year in Mill­street go­ing on to Firies and back to Mill­street. He left Mill­street for Ballinskel­ligs in 1968 where he spent three years. Fr Shana­han then spent nine years in Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott

He left Bal­ly­ma­cel­lig­ott in 1979 to go to Castle­gre­gory where he spent 10 years mov­ing then to Abbey­dor­ney/Kilflynn be­fore ar­riv­ing in Valen­tia in 1993.

“In the years that I have spent here I want to thank you all for your sup­port, morally, payer­fully and fi­nan­cially.I ap­pre­ci­ated in par­tic­u­lar the kind­ness and en­cour­age­ment that I re­ceived here,” Fr Shana­han states.

On Thurs­day night of July 23, the parish­ioners of Valen­tia came to­gether in the Royal Ho­tel to at­tend a din­ner with Fr Shana­han to hon­our his re­tire­ment.

The MC for the night was Pa­trick Lyne of Cooil who thanked him for his ser­vices to the parish down through the years.

Other speak­ers who ac­knowl­edged his con­tri­bu­tion to parish af­fairs were Michael Egan (Knight­stown Tidy Towns com­mit­tee), Donal O’Donoghue (Tigh An Oileáin), Mar­garet Daly (Ma­tron of the Valen­tia Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal) John Daly (Prin­ci­pal of Scoil Der­arca) and Mick O’Con­nell (the for­mer Kerry foot­baller).

All good fu­ture wishes are ex­tended to Fr.Shana­han on his fu­ture re­tire­ment days.

 ??  ?? Pa­trick Lyne of Cooil, the MC (left) who pre­sented Fr Shana­han with an en­graved slab of Valen­tia slate at the Royal Ho­tel.
Pa­trick Lyne of Cooil, the MC (left) who pre­sented Fr Shana­han with an en­graved slab of Valen­tia slate at the Royal Ho­tel.

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