Tribute to the late Fr. Peter McGuinness, Inniskeen.

Photo of Fr. Peter taken at the retirement of Nuala Dinsmore as Vice Principal Of Scoil Cholmchille, Blackstaff.

Photo of Fr. Peter taken at the retirement of Nuala Dinsmore as Vice Principal Of Scoil Cholmchille, Blackstaff.

Tribute to the late Fr. Peter McGuinness, Inniskeen.
It was with great sadness that the community of Inniskeen learned on Saturday morning last of the death of their former parish priest, Fr. Peter McGuinness,  “We must record life’s mysteries without claptrap” so wrote the poet Patrick Kavanagh.
Fr. Peter Mc Guinness would definitely concur with those sentiments. He was a straight talker who told it as it was. His dedicated contribution to the communities he served during his ministry will not be forgotten.
During his 23 years as Parish Priest of Inniskeen (1986 – 2009) he worked tirelessly to improve the lot of his parishioners – young and old. As he had a lifelong interest in sport he actively encouraged the youth of the parish to play hurling, camogie and Gaelic football and helped out by coaching school teams. On trips to Tipperary he would purchase only the best hurleys for his young teams.
As a founding member of Inniskeen Development Group he sought to create employment in the area and he organized “fact finding “trips to other communities to learn how they achieved their goals and overcame their difficulties. He played a leading role in the setting up of The Patrick Kavanagh Centre and took an active part in its management over the years.
Fr.PeterHe was always on hand to give advice and counsel the various community groups. He encouraged volunteering but did not confine himself to the role of advisor as frequently he was to be seen on his ride-on mower, with his “trade mark” baseball cap, cutting grass for the Tidy Towns.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Funeral arrangements:
Removal from Castleross Nursing Home on Monday evening (29th February) to the Church of Mary Mother of Mercy Inniskeen for 8 pm Mass. Reposing in The Church of Mary Mother of Mercy until 10 pm and again on Tuesday afternoon from 2 pm until 10 pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday, 2nd March in Church of Mary Mother of Mercy at 12 noon, burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Inniskeen.

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