Canon Tadhg Ó Mathúna – An Appreciation

Published on September 12, 2022

This weekend marks the end of a very important era in the life of the Blackrock Community.  After 22 years serving us both as Parish Priest and later in “semi-retirement”, Canon Tadhg will be retiring for active ministry to take a well-deserved rest.

Canon Tadhg started his ministry in 1966 and was subsequently appointed as Inspector of Schools for the Dioceses; following a number of appointments he was appointed PP in Ballyphehane where he spent many very happy years.  It was probably with a heavy heart that the left Ballyphehane to come to Blackrock, however, he was immediately welcomed and recognised for his personality, great warmth and the ability to get things done!

Canon Tadhg was actually ordained in this Church 2 years after it was built in 1966 – little did he know what a critical part he would play in the life of the Blackrock community and in the survival of the church building.  Shortly after his appointment it was discovered that the integrity of the windows was critically impaired; Canon Tadgh had to use all of his ingenuity to solve this problem and in conjunction with a dedicated group of parishioners, restored and modernised the church so that it could continue to serve the community in Blackrock in a changing world.

In recognition of his contribution to the Church (and Blackrock), the Bishop elevated him to the Chapter of Canons in 2008; in 2012 he stepped back from the position of Parish Priest and was initially succeeded by Fr Jerry Cremin and then the late Fr (later Canon) Kieran Twomey with whom he had a close friendship and missed terribly following his untimely death in 2019.

We were pleased to learn that Canon Tadhg will continue to live in Blackrock; therefore, we will continue to have the benefit of his wisdom and friendship.  A man of great faith, compassion and understanding, Canon Tadhg continues to be an influential force in the lives of the parishioners of Blackrock.  We all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude and on all of our behalf, wish him every happiness in his retirement.

Go raibh míle maith agat!