Thursday, August 25, 2016

Paschal Tiernan OP, RIP

Dominican priest Paschal Seamus Tiernan died in Tallaght Hospital on Sunday, August 21.

Paschal, who was born in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, spent most of his life working in Trinidad and Tobago.

His priestly work brought him to prisons and nunciatures.

Five years ago he returned to Ireland and in recent years had experienced poor health, something he carried with great fortitude. Few people have been in and out of hospital as often as Paschal has. He had been admitted to the hospital some days before his death.

The Dominican community in St Mary's Priory in Tallaght took great care of Paschal all during his illness.

In great ill-health he put together this year's Irish Dominican Directory.

Paschal was a kind man, who was genuinely interested in people.

The main mourners were his sisters Kathleen and Anne, and brothers Sean and Patrick.  Many of Paschal's extended family and friends attended the Mass. A number of people travelled from Trinidad and Tobago to say goodbye. A large number of Dominican priests concelebrated at the Requiem Mass. Also present were visiting priests, including the parish priest of St Patrick's Parish, Ballyshannon.

Gregory Carroll, provinical of the Irish Dominican Province was the principal celebrant and preached the homily.

Burial took place afterwards in the cemetery in the priory grounds.

Paschal Tiernan was born on April 10, 1929.

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