Fr. Noel O’Connor 1952-2019
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Our brother Noel died peacefully in the Hospice in Blackrock this afternoon at 15.15. Noel was transferred to the Hospice on Tuesday of last week and he spent the last days surrounded by care, compassion and companionship. Michael Irwin and myself, along with quite a few of Noel’s brothers and sisters, and his good friend Fr. John Guiney SJ, were with him when he died. May his good soul rest in peace. 

Noel was born on 17-12-1952; First Consecration on 12-09-1974; Ordination on 10-06-1978.

Fr. Derry Murphy SAC, Provincial

Funeral arrangements for Noel O’Connor, RIP.

Lying in repose in Pallotti House, Dundrum, on Tuesday 14th of May from 4pm for people in the Dublin area.

Lying in repose at the Church of Our Lady Queen, New Inn, Co. Tipperary, on Wednesday 15th May from 5pm to 8pm, with Rosary and Prayers at 7.30pm.

Funeral Mass on Thursday 16th May in the Pallottine College, Thurles, at 11.30am and burial immediately afterwards in St Mary’s, Cabra.

May his good soul rest in peace.

Please keep Noel’s family and his friends who mourn his passing in your prayers and Mass intentions at this time. 

Message from the Rector General of the Pallottines:

Dear Derry,
My sincere condolences and prayers for our dear confrere Noel who passed away on the 13 May. Noel was a great missionary and holy priest who worked for the entire Pallottine family.I had the chance to talk with him during the visitation.On next Saturday, when I celebrate the Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee year of the priestly ordination of our Founder, I intend to start the homily with the lived example of Noel.I pray for his soul. May the Lord grant him eternal peace. May he pray for us. My condolences also to all the members of the Province.

Fraternally yours,
Jacob Nampudakam SAC

«La Regola fondamentale della nostra Congregazione è la Vita del nostro Signore Gesù Cristo»(“The Fundamental Rule of our Congregation is the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ”) (San Vincenzo Pallotti),-o-connor,-sac-dundrum-dublin/388029

16 Replies to “FR. NOEL O’CONNOR SAC R.I.P.”

  1. Fr Noel and I go back to the summer of 1972 when we both as seminarians worked in Normansfield Hospital, Teddington as auxiliary nurses from June to September. What laughs we had over some of the more humorous situations we encountered there. It was the most memorable summer holiday I had during my time as a seminarian and all thanks to Noel. My brother priest you have gone before me but you will forever be cherished in my memories.
    Fr Kieran Gardiner

  2. Noel attended St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar in the last couple of years.
    Myself and colleague Ema work in the Art Room of the hospital and Noel visited us each day when he was receiving treatment.

    He was inspired by Tipperary, Irish nature and especially Hares (which he would always point out if I was mistakenly saying it was a rabbit!) which he taught me a lot about.
    I’m currently reading a novel about Tipp called “Knocknagow” because he was enthusiastic about it.

    We will really miss Noel more than we can articulate.
    We continued to accept him into the Art room each day for many months afterwards, even though he wasn’t continuously receiving treatment here in the hospital, and we really think he flourished with his creative mind here. He even gave Origami a try!

    We really hope that this helped him in the last couple of years.
    Rest in peace, Noel. Everytime I draw a hare I will think of you.

    • Thank you Lee for that lovely piece on Noel. I lived with him in Dundrum and know how important the visits to the Art Room in St Luke’s were to him, he would not miss any of the Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays if he could help it. Thanks to Emma and you for welcoming him, for assisting him with is productions while there and for providing him with a place where his spirit could explore beyond the mundane and the routine of sickness.
      God bless
      Derry Murphy.

  3. From Francis Okubasu Adams

    Fr Noel was my novice master in Arusha Tanzania. His smile was charming. May he rest in eternal peace.

  4. From Mary Scott

    May the peace of our Lord be with him always. Fr. Nole was so kind and caring to everyone . i remember when he came in to St. Joe’s he put his Notre Dame hat on my head and said ill get on my way back. I will miss him so. Rest in peace my dear friend . until we all me again !????

  5. From Betty Bond Mendenhall

    He came and blessed my home. I was very grateful. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. May the good Lord receive FR NOEL,S soul in heaven I thank God for your life here at ST VINCENTPALLOTTI parish at Esso Arusha Tanzania we will miss you very very much Fr

  7. What a shock to read that Fr.Noel has gone to heaven.
    I met Fr.Noel when I was going through treatment at the Beacon hospital,his sense of humour helped me so much.
    May he rest in peace.

  8. Oh is my friend Fr. Noel gone! “A priest whom you always see a charming face on him! A marvelous pastor, full of Christ’s zeal to loving his sheep! Very rich with Homiletic instructions” May the Risen Lord Jesus, rest you in his eternal peace!

  9. May his good soul rest in peace;He was a good and open mindend servant of God;missing his daily morning mass in that tinned church cum church office,such memories will continue to click in my mind for long,how together with Shosho (Cucu) were dedicated to serve and ensure success of the activities of the Dagoretti parish

  10. My deepest sympathy to all of fr Noel family friends and his pallottines community may his gentle soul R.i.p
    A wonderful person the bed of heaven to him

  11. Hi Almighty Father in heaven and around us, I, as one of the many son’s and daughters of Padre Noel from Kenya and in this distressed moment,express our love,concern and appreciation for the short time Fr. Noel showered us all with true love of a father in Dagoretti corner-Sacred Heart parish. I’ve lost a friend,a father, a catechist, spiritual guider,the list is endless,you were and still close to my heart. Though, you might not be here with us physically but we rest assured that together with your Patron saint. Vincent Pallotti, we shall continue praying for one another soul till the end of times in heaven. May your soul rest in peace baba paroko.

    From Jackson Ndege

  12. May the good Lord receive Fr. Joel’s soul in Heaven. I thank God for your life here on earth. Rest in Peace my Father and friend.

  13. May the soul of my Boss Parish Priest at st. Vincent rest in Peace. I will miss his sense of humour.

    • He always had a lively and lovely short morning mass;what about the few feast he organized for us in the House