Sunday 26 January 2020

Sadness at the passing of Fr Dónal Berney

The late Fr Donal Berney
The late Fr Donal Berney

Pádraig Byrne

There was sadness across the county over the weekend as news broke of the untimely passing of Fr Dónal Berney at just 61 years of age. A popular figure among the church-going community, the Monaseed native is perhaps best remembered for his 13 year stint in the parish of Curracloe/Screen where he served as curate.

Fr Berney was ordained in Craanford on June 19, 1982 and went on to do his higher diploma in Maynooth. He served in St Peter's College from 1983 to 1988 before becoming curate in Mountmellick, a role he held until September 1995.

From there it was back to Wexford and after serving for a short stint in Ballymurn, he made the move to Curracloe/Screen parish in December of 1995, a place he would stay for 13 years.

During this time, he made some great friends in the area and was extremely highly thought of among his parishioners. It was while in Curracloe he celebrated his silver jubilee and it was a great cause of celebration amongst the local community.

In August of 2009, Fr Berney made the move across the border to Wicklow, where he served as curate in Crossbridge for five years.

This lasted until August 2013 when he was made parish priest of Kilanerin/Ballyfad in what was to be his last role before his retirement in December of 2016.

Tributes poured in for Fr Berney on social media as people fondly recalled a man devoted to his vocation and the service of his parishioners.

Funeral details were not available at the time of going to print.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People

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