The people of Castleisland will bid a fond farewell to their popular Parish Priest, Fr Dan O’Riordan, as he retires later this month after many years of service to the Diocese of Kerry.
Fr O’Riordan’s retirement was confirmed last Friday in the annual Clerical Changes by Bishop of Kerry, Reverend Raymond Browne. Fr O’Riordan will be replaced in Castleisland by Fr Mossie Brick, who is currently PP in Lixnaw.
Fr O’Riordan celebrates 50 years as a priest this year, he was ordained by the then Bishop of Kerry, Bishop Denis Moynihan in June 1969 and following the completion of his teacher training he took up a post in St Brendan’s College where he would be based for the next 25 years.
In 1985, Fr O’Riordan succeeded Fr James Linnane as President of St Brendan’s College and in 1995, he was appointed Parish Priest of Rathmore.
After a 12-month stay in Rathmore, Fr Dan was transferred to St John’s in Tralee where he oversaw the sale of the old Presbytry on Castle Street and the building of a new modern Parochial House which is located in the grounds of St John’s, the building of St John’s Pastoral Centre and the establishment of the Rath Cemetery Graveyard Committee.
In 2008, there was much surprise when it was announced that Fr O’Riordan was to transfer to Castleisland where he was based for the next 11 years. In Castleisland, Fr O’Riordan again endeared himself to his flock as a caring and popular priest.
Fr O’Riordan, a keen GAA fan and a lover of Irish Traditional Music, will no doubt have more time on his hands now to enjoy his pasttimes and we wish him a healthy and active retirement.