Fr Pierce Murphy who served in two Kildare parishes, died last night

Curate in Monasterevin and Prosperous

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Fr Pierce Murphy who served in two Kildare parishes, died last night

The late Fr Pierce Murphy

The death has taken place of Fr Pierce Murphy, a long serving priest in the Kildare and Loughlin diocese and who spent time in Monasterevin and Prosperous in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

“It is with a great sense of loss and sadness I announce the death last night of Fr. Pierce Murphy in the Blackrock Clinic, in Dublin,” Bishop Denis Nulty wrote this morning.

“Fr. Pierce enjoyed mixed health in the last while, but he continued to have that steely determination to do as much as he could to further the gospel message.

“Ordained in 1966, he held many parish appointments and diocesan responsibilities in the field of catechetics and religious education.”

The Dublin native was educated in Knockbeg and Maynooth College and ordained for the Diocese 1966.

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He served as a Curate in SnowHill, Wolverhampton 1966-1968 and in Clonegal 1968 – 1974. He went for further studies in Mount Oliver, Dundalk 1970-1971 and was Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education in Primary Schools from 1971-1988.

He was on the Staff of St. Patrick’s College, Carlow from 1974-1983.

He was curate in Monastereven until 1992 and transferred to Prosperous from 1992-1996. Appointed to Muinebheag in Carlow July 1996.

“In 2006 he stepped down from administration duties as Parish Priest of Bagenalstown to assume a unique role then, as a ‘floating curate’ to the Borris Deanery. In addition to his areas of responsibility, he had a keen ecumenical interest, but will be remembered especially for his wonderful gift of communicating with children,” Bishop Nulty noted.

“Fr. Pierce was very creative, printing personal calendars and cards, and even publishing books. He always stayed very close to his family and friends.

“May his gentle soul rest in peace.”