By Dan Walsh
The parish priest of Clonard, Right-Rev. Monsignor Denis Lennon has retired on age grounds, however, he has agreed to continue as curate in the Wexford town parish. Fr Barry Larkin C.C. has been appointed Administrator of Clonard.
Mgr. Lennon’s retirement has been accepted by Bishop Denis Brennan who has congratulated him on his devotion and dedication to the congregation of Clonard and he has welcomed his willingness to continue as curate in the parish. Both appointments are effective immediately.
Mgr. Lennon is a native of Bunclody, ordained 53 years ago, and served 20 years at the House of Missions, Enniscorthy, before two years in Brazil with the Ferns Diocesan Missions, and returned to the House of Missions.
He served as curate in Screen before being appointed parish priest of Clonard on September 17th, 1994 – over 26 years’ service.
Clonard was part of the parish of Wexford until July 1976 when it was constituted a separate parish. A modern church, it is semi-circular in shape and can seat 650.