house now part of Tangney's. Died as C.C. 16 Nov. 1876, Cahiciveen at 25. His people gave the Harding window, circular side windows at back of altar in Cullen.7
The Statue of the Dead Christ is a Caen Stone replica of the famous "Dead Christ" marble statue by Hogan still an altar piece of St. Finbarr's South. Davis of Cork did the replica.
Father Huggard buried in the Church yard 1910; had been curate here; went to Australia for health reasons and retired as curate. One of the Kerry Huggards and supposed to have been a convert.
Succession of Parish Priests
1820 - 1865 1865 -1872
1872 - 1899
Fr. Mullowney Fr. Fitzpatrick Canon Horgan (Born 1824, buried Kilcummin aged 48, headstone erected by Millstreet people.) Canon Griffin (Was born in the "Browne" house in Molahiffe.)8
7 In Canon Costello's copybook there was a photocopy of a lengthy newspaper account - name and date not given - describing the burial os Rev. Jerome Harding. It begins:- "The remains of the Rev. Jerome Harding , whose premature death you recorded in yesterday's Examiner, arrived here from Cahirciveen on Saturday morning by the (?) o'clock train. So great was the sympathy manifested for his respectable and bereaved family that the entire population of the town and a large number of people from the country, met the remains at the railway station." A long list of priests is given as attending the funeral headed by "The Very Rev. Canon Griffin P.P., V.F."
For information about the involvement of Canon Griffin in the Plan of Campaign in 1888, cf. The Roman Catholic Church and the plan of Campaign in Ireland (Emmet Larkin, Cork University Press) pp. 296-298. 8
The following information is a transcript of an oration reported in the Kerry Sentinel (26/2/1899) on the occasion of his death. "Death of the Very Rev. Canon Griffin, P.P., V.F., Millstreet. Millstreet, Friday.
It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Canon Griffin, P.P., Millstreet, which took place at the Presbytery on last Wednesday after a short illness. Though by no means of robust health since his almost fatal attack of illness nine years ago, and though partially incapacitated for the discharge of missionary duties, yet there was no apprehension on the part of his friends that his long and laborious career in the Church was so soon to terminate. For the last year and more he took no active part in the public administration of the parish, but confined himself to celebrating Mass in his private oratory every Sunday and on the principal festivals of the year. Even on last Sunday, when he was seized with his fatal illness, he celebrated Mass as normal and gave no premonition of the attack which was so soon to end (in) his death. On the evening of that day a heaviness and stupor which came upon him gave great cause of alarm to his priests, who at once summoned Dr. Leader, his medical attendant, who pronounced the case as one of the gravest nature, so that it was deemed advisable to give the last sacraments to the almost dying priest, which the Rev. C. O'Sullivan at once administered. Still the end was not as near as his friends sadly expected, his originally strong constitution prolonging his life three days more, until about 6 p.m. on Wednesday he resigned his pure soul calmly and painlessly into the hands of his Creator in assured expectation of a glorious resurrection. The life of Canon Griffin, like that of most missionary and hard-working priests, must necessarily present but small scope for an extended biographical notice. A Priest's life and work are hidden from the public eye, and known only to God, and to the members of the flock among whom his sacred ministry was exercised.
The late Canon was born in the year 1830 in the village of Molahiffe, which lies mid-way in the Maine valley between Tralee and Killarney. His preliminary studies for the priesthood were made in the latter town in a classical school conducted by Fr. Fitzgerald, a Franciscan Friar. From hence in due time