Ballymore-Mayglass mourns parish priest

By Dan Walsh

There is great sadness in the parish of Ballymore-Mayglass following news of the sad passing of the parish priest of sixteen years Fr Murty Byrne, (74), announced today by the Diocese of Ferns.

Fr. Byrne will always be fondly remembered for his leadership of the fundraising committee in the small parish of 1,000 people who collected €350,000 in seven years to cover the cost of renovations and a new roof at the 180 year old Mayglass Church completed in 2009.


Martin (Murty) Byrne was born in 1947 at Muchtown, Rathangan, attended Baldwinstown National School and St. Peter’s College, Wexford, and ordained in the Church of the Assumption, Rathangan, in June 1976.

He served in the UK Diocese of Brentford and on his return served as a curate at Rowe St, Wexford (1983) and Kilmyshal (1989). He spent 14 years as curate at Raheen and was appointed parish priest of Ballymore-Mayglass in September 2005.

Cllr Jim Codd paid tribute on social media. “Your kindness and humanity were legendary. You touched the lives of so many. My deepest condolences to your family and parishioners.”

FAMILY NOTICE; The death has occurred of Fr. Murty Byrne on 13th October 2021. Parish Priest of Ballymore /Mayglass Parish and formally of Muchtown, Rathangan.

Beloved brother of Jim, Seanie, Blee and Ell. Sadly missed by his brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, parishioners, neighbours and friends. “May He Rest in Peace”

Reposing in Ballymore Church on Thursday evening from 5pm 9pm Funeral Mass in Ballymore Church on Friday at 2pm. Burial afterwards in Rathangan Cemetery. House strictly private please.

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