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Canon O’Connor wore the green and gold of Kerry

The late Canon Michael O’Connor, from Rathmore, spent most of his ministry in Liverpool.
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RATHMORE GAA Club has led the tributes to the late Canon Michael O’Connor, who ministered for several years in Liverpool, and was an outstanding Gaelic footballer in his day.

Canon O’Connor, a native of Moulagow, passed away on October 31 at the age of 95.

He was ordained in 1951 at All Hallows College and he played with Kerry in the 1950 Munster senior football championship replay against Clare in Limerick.

He was also involved in Kerry’s successful All-Ireland junior football campaign in 1949 but missed the final that year because he had returned to college.

Fr O’Connor worked in various parishes in the Diocese of Liverpool and continued to play football in the UK for a number of years, as well as representing Lancashire in the All-Ireland Junior football.

At the time of his passing he was attached to St Monica’s Parish, Bootle, Liverpool having previously served as Administrator in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, St Paul’s Parish, Kirby, St Mary’s Parish in Douglas in the Isle of Man, Christ the King Parish, Liverpool and St Christopher’s Parish, Speke, Liverpool.

He passed away, peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at Mountainview, Peamount Healthcare, Newcastle, Co Dublin.

Canon O’Connor was pre-deceased his sisters Noreen (Reck) and Eileen (Maguire) and his brothers Johnny and Fr Thomas (Trenton, New Jersey) and he is sadly missed by his nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Requiem Mass took place in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Shrone, Rathmore with burial afterwards in the church grounds.