A death in the  family - Announcements and Funeral Arrangements

Fr Thomas Barrett, 1938-2020

Friday, March 6th 2020

With sadness we announce the death of Fr Thomas Barrett, this morning, March 6th, peacefully in the Care Unit at St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. Our sincere sympathy to Tommy’s family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam uasal. 

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in St Patrick’s Chapel, Kiltegan, on Sunday, March 8th, from 3pm to 5pm, with prayers at 5.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

Fr Tommy was born on the 9th of June 1938 in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. He came to Kiltegan in September 1956 and was ordained on Easter Sunday (29th of March) 1964. After ordination he was appointed to the Diocese of Ogoja in Nigeria where he taught in a number of secondary schools. He was displaced by the Biafran War in 1967 and spent a year in Ireland during which he took a correspondence course in electrical engineering.


Tommy was appointed to the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, in 1968. He was Manager of Kitui Polytechnic from 1973 to 1988 and was Manager of the Diocesan Workshop from 1988 to 1999. He was then appointed to the Diocese of St George’s in Grenada, West Indies, where he served on the Island of Carriacou for many years. During his time in Grenada he set up an income generating project where people made small souvenirs from stained glass and sold the items to the thousands of tourists who visited Grenada every year. Ill-health forced him to return to Kiltegan in December 2018. He settled into life around Kiltegan very well even though his mobility was limited.


Tommy was a great hurler and footballer in his youth. He had the distinction of playing hurling and football at minor grade for his native County Clare. He was gifted with his hands and was a wonderful mechanic. He spent many years helping to train young mechanics in Kitui. He also serviced every car and pick-up on the Kitui Diocesan Fleet. He was a very jolly, hospitable and obliging man who enjoyed other people’s company.

May Tommy rest in peace.

Fr Patrick Joseph (PJ) Melican, 1949-2020

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr PJ (Patrick Joseph) Melican, peacefully this morning, February 15th, in Naas General Hospital. Our sincere sympathy to Fr PJ's family, relatives and friends. May PJ rest in peace.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in the Care Unit, St Patrick's, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow (Eircode W91 Y022) on Monday, February 17th, from 3pm to 5pm with removal to St Patrick’s Chapel at 5.30. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

Fr PJ, from Co Clare, joined St Patrick’s Missionary Society in September 1967 and was ordained on the 7th of June 1975 by Bishop James Moynagh SPS, retired Bishop of Calabar, Nigeria. After ordination PJ was appointed to the Diocese of Abakaliki, Nigeria, where he ministered until 1993. He taught for many years in St Augustine’s Junior Seminary, Ezzamgbo, and also served in the local parish. Ill-health forced him to leave Nigeria in 1993. He was appointed to the Archdiocese of Harare. It was hoped that the milder climate of Zimbabwe would bring about an improvement in his health. Sadly this was not to be. He had to return home after less than a year. He went to work as a chaplain at Knock Shrine for a short period and also spent a year in the De La Salle Retreat Centre, Castletown, Co Laois. By the end of the 1990s he had no option but to retire fully from ministry. He spent some time with his family in Co Clare and later at Carrigoran House Nursing Home before coming to the Care Unit in Kiltegan in 2001. It was there he would spend the rest of his life.

PJ was a very strong man in his youth. He was a very keen Gaelic footballer and soccer player and was noted for his great commitment. He settled into life in Abakaliki with ease and enjoyed his time teaching at St Augustine’s Junior Seminary. By the early 1990s he began to lose power in his arms. He was soon diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which would gradually curtail his movement. For a man who had been so active and so strong in his youth this was a very hard cross to bear. Yet he bore his infirmity with amazing courage. He continued to be interested in sport and was very proud of his nephew, Damien Hayes, who played for many years on the Galway Senior Hurling team. PJ was taken to Naas General Hospital on Thursday, the 13th of February. He died peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, the 15th of February. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Rest in Peace

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Nairobi

Kenya

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