Sad­ness at pass­ing of Rev Dó­nal Ber­ney

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

THERE was sad­ness over the week­end as news broke of the un­timely pass­ing of Rev Dó­nal Ber­ney at just 61 years of age. A pop­u­lar fig­ure among the church-go­ing com­mu­nity, one of the Co Wex­ford’s na­tive’s fi­nal posts was as cu­rate in Cross­bridge.

Monaseed man Fr Ber­ney was or­dained in Craan­ford on June 19, 1982, and went on to do his higher diploma in Maynooth. He served in St Peter’s Col­lege from 1983 to 1988 be­fore be­com­ing cu­rate in Mount­mel­lick, a role he held un­til Septem­ber 1995.

From there it was back to Wex­ford and, af­ter serv­ing for a short stint in Bal­ly­murn, he made the move to Cur­r­a­cloe/ Screen par­ish in De­cem­ber of 1995, a place he would stay for 13 years. Dur­ing this time, he made some great friends in the area and was ex­tremely highly thought of among his parish­ioners. It was while in Cur­r­a­cloe he cel­e­brated his sil­ver ju­bilee and it was a great cause of celebratio­n amongst the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

In Au­gust 2009, Fr Ber­ney made the move across the bor­der to Wick­low, where he served as cu­rate in Cross­bridge for five years. This lasted un­til Au­gust 2013 when he was made par­ish priest of Ki­lanerin/Bal­ly­fad in what was to be his last role be­fore his re­tire­ment in De­cem­ber 2016.

Fr Ber­ney passed away peace­fully on Satur­day, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily, at Black­rock Clinic af­ter a long ill­ness, bravely borne.

Trib­utes poured in for Fr Ber­ney on so­cial me­dia as peo­ple fondly re­called a man de­voted to his vo­ca­tion and the ser­vice of his parish­ioners.

Fr Ber­ney was pre-de­ceased by his par­ents, Pat and Mary. He is sadly missed by his sis­ters Breda and Bernie, brothers Jimmy, Mat­tie and Pat, sis­tersin-law, brother-in-law, nieces, neph­ews, rel­a­tives and a wide cir­cle of friends.

His funeral Mass takes place at noon today (Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 28) at St Pa­trick’s Church, Monaseed, fol­lowed by burial in St Pa­trick’s Ceme­tery, Monaseed.

The late Rev Donal Ber­ney

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