Statement by Archbishop Neary on the death of Father Micheal Keane, RIP

29 Aug 2011


29 August 2011

Statement by Archbishop Michael Neary on the death of Father Micheal Keane, RIP

It was with great sadness that I heard of the death of Father Michael Keane who passed away to his eternal reward on 27 August.  Father Michael was ordained in 1950 and served in parishes in Cloonfad, Castlebar, Tully Cross, Cashel, Kilkerrin, Carnacon and in Dublin.

In 1968 Father Michael founded the Knock Shrine Marriage Bureau.  The Bureau was responsible for bringing happiness through marriage into the lives of hundreds of people. Father Michael was a man dedicated to his priestly ministry for the past sixty-one years.   He was single-minded and committed, often willing to make a strong stand on matters of principle.  Father Michael was passionate in his belief in the sanctity of life and in the promotion of the Sacrament of Marriage.

I express my sincere condolences to his family, fellow priests, friends, past-parishioners and all who benefited from his dedicated ministry and who mourn his passing.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Notes to Editors
•    Archbishop Michael Neary is the Archbishop of Tuam and the late Father Michael Keane was a priest of the archdiocese.  The funeral Mass for Father Keane will be celebrated at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 30 August 2011 in Saint Colman’s Church, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

Further information:
Father Fintan Monahan, Diocesan Communications Officer, Archdiocese of Tuam, [email protected]
Martin Long, Catholic Communications Office, Maynooth, 00 353 86 1727678