Limerick priest to receive full military honours at funeral

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Limerick priest to receive full military honours at funeral

Fr Gerry O'Neill died in the early hours of this Tuesday | PICTURE: Defence Forces

TRIBUTES have been paid to well-known priest, Fr Gerry O’Neill, who died early this morning.

Originally from Quins Cottages, Rosbrien, Fr O’Neill – a former parish priest of Our Lady Help of Christians Milford – was chaplain to the Defence Forces 1st Brigade for more than a decade.

He also previously served as chaplain to both Arbour Hill and Mountjoy prisons in Dublin. 

Aged 74, it’s understood he had been ill for some time but had remained active at Collins Barracks in Cork until recently.

“He was very much involved in life in the barracks and with the local parish. He was great craic and he loved rugby and his hurling,” said Cmdt Michael Parsons, who was married by Fr O’Neill.

The Defence Forces has confirmed the late chaplain will receive full military honours, including a 21-gun salute, at his funeral on Thursday morning.

Following the Funeral Mass, Fr O’Neill’s remains will be transported by gun carriage from Our Lady Help of Christians Church to Kilkeedy Cemetery, Ballybrown.

Members of the Defence Forces will line the route and The Last Post will be played at the graveside.

Fr O’Neill, who was parish priest at Our Lady Help of Christians between1982 and 1989, is survived by his sister Jella; brothers Sean, Kieran and Neillus.