Con O'Dwyer served his Newcastle community and his church

Nationalist Reporter


Nationalist Reporter


Rest in Peace

It is with a sense of great sorrow that the parishioners of Newcastle and surrounding areas learned of the death of Mr Con O'Dwyer, Garrencasey, Newcastle, which occurred on Saturday, June 1, last.

In his 94th year, Con who had enjoyed good health up to recently, bore his illness with great dignity and his great faith gave him the strength to accept the holy will of god.

Following secondary school in the 1940s he went into the nursing profession and qualified in St Luke's Hospital, Clonmel. Following some time in Clonmel he went to England to continue more studies in that field where he spent many years and where he met his future wife Madeline.

Following his retirement in the 1970s he moved back to Newcastle where he set up home with his family. From then on he became a dedicated voluntary worker with the many organisations in the local area. Muintir na Tire, GAA, School and church affairs. St Vincent de Paul, Lourdes and Knock pilgrims, fund raising events.

In February this year he was awarded the benemerente papal medal in recognition of service to church and community. The presentation was made by Bishop Cullinan at a celebrated mass in Newcastle church. A well deserving award to Con. He will be sorely missed by his wife and family and the many people who had known this straight and honest gentleman.

On Monday, June 3, his remains were removed from Condon's funeral home, Clonmel, the coffin was draped with the Newcastle GAA flag. The funeral was met in Newcastle by guards of honour of various organisations and escorted to Newcastle church where they were blessed by Fr Garrett Desmond. PP. The chief celebrant of the mass on Friday morning was Fr Desmond assisted by Fr Bobby Power Clogheen and members of the Franciscan order. Family members took part in the readings, taking up of gifts and eulogy reading. Newcastle choir rendered hymns on the day.

Following mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery where all walks of life were represented. To his wife Madeline, son Kevin, daughters Bridget and Fiona, grandson Diarmund, son and daughter in law and many more relations. We extend our sincere sympathy.