By Dan Walsh
The death has occurred of Rev. Fr. James (Jimmy Ryan), in his 79th year, who was priest in residence at Cleariestown and acting parish priest of Rathangan. He died in Wexford General Hospital after a short illness.
Tributes have been paid on social media including Cllr Jim Codd who described Fr. Ryan as “a kind, compassionate man who always had a friendly and often witty word for everyone.”
A native of Horeswood, Fr Ryan was born in 1943 and ordained to the priesthood at St. Peter’s College, Wexford, in June 1967. He was immediately posted as curate to Mayglass and also served in Kilmyshall from 1972 and Bunclody in 1989.
Fr Ryan was appointed parish priest to Riverchapel-Courtown in 1995 where he served for 11 years until his retirement in 2006. In retirement he settled in Cleariestown where he celebrated over 50 years of his ministry.
FAMILY NOTICE; Rev Fr. James (Jimmy) Ryan Cleariestown, Priest in residence at Cleariestown and acting parish priest of Rathangan. Beloved brother of Nicholas, Peggy (Rowe) and the late Paddy, Johnny and Breda (Rowe). Deeply regretted by his brother, sister, nephews, nieces, Bishop Ger Nash, Fr. Denis Brennan and his fellow priests and parishioners. May He Rest In Peace
Reposing in Ryan’s Funeral home Wellingtonbridge on Sunday from 2pm, with removal at 6pm to St Mannon’s Church, Cleariestown arriving at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 2pm, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery, with adherence to government guidelines on Covid 19.