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1899 -1907


Canon O'SulIivan (C.C. Lixnaw 1884, C.C. here 1887, Adm 1900, P.P. 1901 or 1902.) Canon Casey

Oct. 1918 -1919 Canon Counihan

1919 - 1932

Canon O'Leary

1932- 1943

Canon Brosnan

1943- 1954

Canon O'Connor

1954- 1955

Monsignor Slattery


Canon Costello.

he was transferred to the Irish College, Paris, which he entered in the year 1849, where he became distinguished for his devotion and study and his strict observance of the College rules. When his collegiate course terminated he was ordained priest in Tralee in the year 1854 and was sent on his first mission to Castleisland under the Venerable Archdeacon O'Leary, a distinguished priest of the Kerry diocese in the middle of this century. After a few years spent there he was transferred to Killarney by the late celebrated Bishop, Dr. Moriarty, who made him one of his Cathedral curates, and afterwards his Administrator, until he appointed him to the parish of Millstreet. The connection and friendship then inaugurated between himself and Dr. Moriarty continued close and unabated to the end of the great prelate's life, and the Canon never ceased to hold the Bishop's memory in veneration and benediction to his last breath. In the year 1872, after the early and lamented death of Canon Horgan, Fr. Griffin was promoted to the important parish of Millstreet, and raised to the dignity of a Canon of the diocese. The work of his pastoral charge during these 27 years in Millstreet can be best estimated by the priests who were associated in his labours, and by the faithful flock who were confided to his care. He never spared himself in the work of the ministry, and until his serious illness in 1890 occurred he laboured as strenuously in the discharge of all his priestly duties as youngest curate in the parish. His zeal for the glory of God, for the beauty of God's house, for the sacred liturgy of the Church, and for the public services of religion was well and widely known, even outside the limits of his own diocese. Of him it may be truly affirmed in the words of the Psalmist that "he loved the beauty of God's house and the place where His glory dwelt". Furthermore, he was a man of great kindness of heart and of unbounded generosity to the poor. He was scarcely ever known to refuse an alms to a mendicant, and was always ready to help the struggling farmer and decent, uncomplaining poor with his advice, his influence, and his not too plethoric purse. If the "giving of alms" as we know "delivers from sin and death" and is a "memorial in the sight of God", there can be little fear but that Canon Griffin has already received a favourable judgment at the hands of a loving and a merciful God. They who knew him best recognised in him a man of a lovable and kindly nature, most affable and easy to approach to the humblest soul in the parish, and especially remarkable for his unbounded hospitality. The priests among whom he lived and man estimable laymen far and near will remember the genial priest, the Christian gentleman, dispensing the hospitalities of his home with a dignity and grace which many could emulate but few excel. This is not the time or place to discuss the political opinions of the late Canon. Around his freshly opened grave the strife of diverse opinions may well be hushed, and all rancour and enmities cease. It would be idle to conceal that during the late agitation Canon Griffin held political opinions at variance with those of the Bishops and priests of Ireland, and of his countrymen. For the present purpose it will be sufficient to say that he held those opinions conscientiously and from conviction, thinking them - whether mistakenly or not - to be for the real good of Ireland and for the best welfare of his own people. And though holding those views staunchly and with commendable fortitude in the face of strenuous opposition, he was always tolerant of the opinions of others, and never allowed his political inclinings to interfere with the duties f social life or in his hospitable intercourse. Take him for all in all, he was a notable figure - a strong personality in the priesthood of Ireland - a man of stainless private life, high-minded, pure-souled, of open hand and generous hand, a man much to be admired and greatly loved. During his long life of 68 years, reaching nearly to the space allotted by the Psalmist, he attracted to himself the respect, veneration and love of many friends who will today mourn his loss. Truth, honour, love, respect, hosts of friends were freely given to him during life. His good works have gone before him to plead in his behalf, the labours of a good and zealous life for God and the salvation of souls in the interests of the poor and lowly and suffering members of his flock. Around his bier today, his faults if any, are forgotten; his virtues only remembered. His name and memory will long linger in the hearts of many friends who will pray fervently today that god may grant his soul eternal rest and a glorious resurrection." Kerry Sentinel, 26/2/1899.


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