Fr John Clancy SMA [RIP]

Fr John Clancy SMA died peacefully on Saturday evening, 18 April 2020, in St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. He was 88 years of age and was an SMA priest for nearly 65 years.

John Clancy was the third of 5 children born to John and Agnes [née Moroney] in the parish of Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the diocese of Killaloe. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Philomena and his brothers Martin and Thomas. 

After Primary School in Co Clare, Fr John headed to the Sacred Heart College, Ballinafad, Co Mayo and the African Missions, Wilton, Cork for his secondary education followed by Theology studies in the African Missions Major seminary at Dromantine, Newry, Co Down. He was ordained a priest on 15 June 1954 and was appointed to western Nigeria where he served for a total of twenty years. He was on the staff of the SMA Novitiate in Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway from 1959 – 1963. Returning finally to Ireland in the autumn of 1979, he was seconded to the diocese of Limerick. In 1984 he began what was to be a thirty-year commitment to the SMA Promotion team, collecting SMA Mission Boxes in the Munster area. The stories of him are legion of his travels the roads of Kerry, Limerick, Cork and – most of all – his beloved Clare. In 2014, with increasing frailty which he tried to battle, he finally retired to our SMA House at the African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork, where he kept in touch with many supporters and family members. Right up to the introduction of the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, Fr John had regular visits from his last surviving brother, Patrick and his wife Noreen as well as his nieces and nephew. 

Fr John is deeply regretted by his brother Patrick and sister-in-law Noreen [Mullagh, Co Clare] and his nieces Therese, Grace [Hynan] and Marina and his nephew Diarmuid as well as his grandniece Charlotte and grandnephews Luke and Ross, relatives, friends, SMA Mission Box holders, parishioners in the Archdiocese of Lagos, Nigeria, and the Diocese of Limerick [Ballingarry], OLA Sisters and his confreres in the Society of African Missions.

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