THE death has occurred of Fr Con McGillycuddy, a native of High Street, Killarney, who spent all of his priestly life serving in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
He passed away in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sacred Heart Residence, Sybil Hill in Raheny.
Outspoken, occasionally controversial and always willing to share his opinions, Fr McGillycuddy was a prolific writer of letters to the editors of national and regional newspapers and he was never slow to voice his views on the contentious issues of the day.
He also published a number of books, including God Sense or Nonsense, in which he set about trying to prove that there was scientific evidence that Heaven exists.
Another book, Eaten Bread, related to the work undertaken by religious congregations in Ireland.
Fr McGillicuddy came from a family of eight children and his parents operated a retail fish-shop on High Street.
When his father, John, passed away, the young Con – then a student in St Brendan’s College – helped his mother with the business and spent his spare time, weekends and holidays filleting and salting fish and delivering the produce by handcart to local hotels and hospitals and to Killarney Railway Station for transportation elsewhere.
He enrolled for the priesthood at Clonliffe College in Dublin and he was ordained in 1956, spending 55 years in the diocese and mainly in working class areas, including the Parish of St Thomas the Apostle in Jobstown where he is still fondly remembered for his remarkable contribution to the community.
Predeceased by his parents, brother Gerard and sisters Colette, Maureen, Kathleen and Christine, Fr Con, who was in his early 90s, is survived by his sister Rose, brother John, nieces, nephews, extended family, fellow priests, former parishioners and many friends in Dublin and Kerry.
In accordance with government guidelines regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place for family and close friends.
The Requiem Mass for Fr Con can be viewed this Thursday at 12.30pm via the following link http://funeralslive.ie/fr-con-mcgillicuddy/.