THE death occurred at the weekend, following an illness, of Fr Liam Comer of St Brendan’s Parish in Ardfert who was the director of the Ardfert Retreat Centre.
A popular, compassionate and hugely respected member of the clergy, he was a native of Clonakilty in west Cork but he spent most of his life serving communities in the Diocese of Kerry.
Fr Liam, who passed away in the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee on Saturday, had previously been based in a number of parishes in the diocese, including Millstreet, Allihies and Dromtarriffe. He had previously served chaplain at the former Regional Technical College in Tralee but his most recent appointment was to historic Ardfert which was a parish he loved.
Fr Liam also previously served as Vicar Forane for the Muillstreet pastoral area which included Ballydesmond, Boherbue, Dromtarriffe, Millstreet and Rathmore.
Although the funeral in the local cathedral will be private, due to current restrictions, the service will be available to view on the Diocese of Kerry website (www.dioceseofkerry.ie) from Wednesday. A memorial Mass celebrating Fr Liam’s life will be held at a later date.
Parishioners who wish to pay their respects to Fr Liam are asked to line the streets of Ardfert village on Tuesday but to respect social distancing and be in place by 12.45pm.
The funeral cortege will leave the church and drive along Main Street and Station Road before turning right at Tubrid Cross for Tralee.
Predeceased by his parents, Patrick and Anne and brothers Brendan and Cyril, Fr Liam is survived by nieces nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, sisters-in-law, the Bishop and clergy of Kerry diocese, his carers, parishioners, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
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