THE late Fr Pat O'Brien

Sadness at death of poet and priest

THERE is sadness in the Headford-Caherlistrane area and the wider Tuam Archdiocese following the death of Fr. Pat O'Brien, PP, Caherlistrane.

A native of Claremorris, Fr. O'Brien served in many places throughout the diocese, including Clare Island, Kilmeena, Skehana, GMIT, Castlebar, Tuam and Caherlistrane.

Fr. O'Brien died on Friday following an illness and his funeral will take place today and tomorrow (Sunday).

A spokesperson for Tuam Archdiocese said Fr. O'Brien brought "so many unique, rare and valued qualities to his priesthood, not least of those was a deep understanding and love of the human condition, no matter how broken.

"Deepy spiritual, Pat will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched and the way in which he brought Christ to them. Sincere sympathy to those whose hearts are broken for his loss, especially his family."

Hundreds of tributes have been paid to Fr. Pat on social media with people describing him as a talented and inspirational writer and priest.

"A gentleman and a man of great knowledge with such artistic talent," commented one mourner.

"Fr. Pat was a noble pilgrim on life's journey whose heart and spirit touched the lives of many. His poetry and reflections were poignant and full of soul, capturing the path taken from his early days in Claremorris to his years in Caherlistrane and Skehana, and other places. He was an oasis of calm and serenity and was a true and genuine friend to many," remarked broadcaster and journalist Michael Commins.

Fr. Pat will repose in the Church of Mary Immaculate and St. Joseph's, Caherlistrane, today (Saturday) from 3-6pm. Mass will be held in Caherlistrane church on Sunday at 2pm. The much-loved priest will be buried with his parents, Jack and Maureen, at S.t Colman's Cemetery in Claremorris.

Funeral Mass will also be live streamed in Church TV Caherlistrane Church.