Fr Fintan to be laid to rest in his home town

Fr Fintan (Michael) O’Shea will be laid to rest in Aghadoe Cemetery. Image source: Franciscan Order

KILLARNEY has been greatly saddened by the news of the passing of Fr Fintan O’Shea, OFM, who is a member of one of the best-known and most respected families in the town.

The son of the late Margaret and Michael MD Mackey O’Shea, he was born in 1939 and educated in the Franciscan College in Gormanston, Co Meath.

Christened Michael after his father, he received Fintan as his religious name after he entered the Franciscan novitiate in Killarney in September 1958.

He celebrated his First Profession on 8th September 1959 and, after further studies in Galway and Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on 5th March 1966.

As well as ministering in various friaries in Ireland, Fr Fintan was part of the Irish Franciscan missions in Chile and El Salvador.

On his return to Dublin, he was chaplain to Dublin Port and spent many years as chaplain to CIE in Dublin.

Fr Fintan, who passed away on Monday, regularly returned to his native Killarney where his family still resides.

Predeceased by his parents Michael and Margaret and sister Kathleen (Duggan), Fr Fintan (Michael) is survived by his brothers Donal and Tim, sister Peggy (Coghlan), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, his Franciscan brothers, relatives and many friends.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated in Adam and Eve’s Church, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8 this Wednesday at 12 noon. The service will be live-streamed at www.churchtv.ie/adamandeve.

It will be followed by removal to the Franciscan Friary, Killarney, where he will repose from 6.30pm to 7.30pm tomorrow evening.

Requiem Mass will take place in the Friary at 12 noon on Thursday followed by burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney