Fr Fionnbarra Ó’Cuilleanáin SMA [RIP}

It is with feelings of deep sorrow that we announce the death of our dear confrere Father Fionnbarra Ó’Cuilleanáin, SMA.  

His Funeral Mass will take place at 2.30pm on Wednesday in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton,Cork. The Mass may be viewed on


Born in the Diocese of Cork 18 February 1941 Fionnbarra Ó’Cuilleanáin became a member of our Society 25 June 1960.  He as Ordained to the Priesthood 19 December 1966.

1967—1968 Further Studies, University College, Cork, Ireland
1968—1974 Diocese of Jos, Nigeria
1974—1979 Deputy Regional Superior, SMA House, Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
1979—1987 Diocese of Jos, Nigeria
1988 Sabbatical Programme
1988—1995 Diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania
1995—1997 SMA Refugee Mission, Diocese of Rulenge, Tanzania
1997—1998 Diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania
1998—1999 Sabbatical Programme
1999—2000 Diocese of Shinyanga, Tanzania
2000—2014 Convalescence, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork, Ireland
2011— Retired, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork, Ireland

Fr Fionnbarra died peacefully in St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork, on 26 May 2024, aged 83 years. ETERNAL REST GRANT TO HIM, O LORD

Antonio Porcellato, SMA
Superior General

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