Fr. John McCarthy
74, Carrowmore Meadows, Knock, Co. Mayo and formerly of Rannagh, Liscannor, Co. Clare - April 19th 2022 - Retired parish Priest, Roundstone, Co. Galway.

Deeply regretted by his nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, his many parishioners and a wide circle of friends.

May his gentle soul Rest In Peace.

Reposing at Cullinan's Funeral Home, Ennistymon, Co. Clare on Thursday evening (April 21st) from 6 o’clock with funeral prayers at 7.30.

Arriving at St. Brigid's Church, Liscannor, Co Clare on Friday (April 22nd) for Funeral Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in St. Brigid's Well Cemetery.
Funeral Mass will be live streamed on

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Nellie McDonnell, Erriff, Co Mayo
Condolences to all Fr McCarthys family and friends! “I am beautiful” he told us to tell ourselves daily and when I remember nowI think how right he was!
Annie Nolan @ Family, Mountbrown.
Deepest Sympathy to all Fr.John's family and friends,he was a curate in Aughagower Parish and we were so lucky to have him,always a big smile on his face,and he would always say go home look in the mirror and say I Am Beautiful.,he was a very witty man and got on so well with everyone,may his gentle soul Rest In Peace.
Teresa & Paul Dunne castlebar
Sincere sympathy to father johns family on his passing was priest who married us forty years ago May his kind and gentle soul rest in peace amen
edward and Breege Muldoon Aghagower
Deepest sympathy to all MC Carthy family on death of Fr John. Rest in Peace
Aughagower parishioner
Lovely memories of you .your kindness and always had a smile on your face .may your gentle soul rest peace a beautiful priest. .
Aidan Maughan
R i P Fr John always had lots of great memories of you ,, being a pupil at Errew Ns in the late 70s ,,, you ware so kind and gentle to children and you always had lots of sweets you would share with all the children ,,, we would love to see you visiting our school ,, you would also call to our family home in Errew to teach
us music lessons ,, always rembered may your gentle soul rest in peace ,,, from all the Maughan family ,,,

Ann Canavan
Sympathy to all of Fr. John's family on his sad passing, he was a true gentleman. May he rest in peace.
Hugh Keane, Aughagower
Sympathy to all of Fr John’s family on his death. May his soul rest in peace.
We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the McCARTY FAMILY on the sad death of Fr JOHN may his gentle soul rest in peace
FR JOHN married MAUREEN AND me in DUNMORE many years ago a pure GENTLEMAN may his gentle soul rest in peace Amen

Kieran Mc Gloin, Derrygorman, Westport
My Sincere Condolences to the Mc Carthy Family on loss of Fr John. He was a lovely affectionate man. His smile and welcome for me on the many Weddings I filmed in Aughagower Church in the 90’s. May his Gentle Soul Rest in Peace
Louise and Noel Munster , Westport , Co. Mayo
I'm so very sad to read this , may Fr. John rest in peace. He was such an amazing gentleman and priest . He was parish priest in Cushlough when I was a teenager and he used stand on alter every Sunday and ask congregation have you looked in mirror and said " I am Beautiful " . He was looking after mental health long before it became a buzz word . We were lucky he married us in 1995 A true gentleman . Rest in peace Fr.John , Deepest sympathies to all the family .
Yvonne and seamus vahey
What a lovely man to have had the pleasure of knowing may his gentle soul rest in peace
Aaron and Delia Cunnane, Knock
A lovely gentleman, always had a smile on his face and good time for people. Condolences to his family and friends
John F Mary Sheridan and family Aughagower
Deepest sympathy on death of Fr John to all the family
Maureen & Joe Walsh, Mount Brown, Aughagower
Our deepest sympathy to all of Fr John's nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and his many parishioners. We have very good memories of him as a curate in our parish of Aughagower in the 90's. He was extremely witty but a very compassionate and spiritual priest as well. May his very gentle soul rest in peace.

Mellett Family Errew/Balla
Deepest sympathy on the passing of Fr. John. Fr. John brought the gift of music to our family and the community of Errew. The love of music which he inspired has continued down through the generations. We are very grateful for the wonderful start we got to our musical journey as members of "The Spoons". We were always delighted to see Fr. John coming to visit us at home and have lots of fond memories of happy times. May his gentle soul Rest in Peace.
Thomas and Anne Collins. Castlebar
Our sincere condolences to all of Fr. John’s family. A deeply spiritual priest who was also extremely compassionate and witty. He will be very sadly missed by his family, friends and parishioners.
Walsh Family and Kathleen Lavelle Aughaagower parishgower
Deepest sympathy to the Macarthy family on the passing of Fr John rip.
Peter & Christina McDonagh, Shraheen, Aughagower
Our heartfelt condolences to all Fr John s family on his sad passing. He was a lovely man used to say mass in Shraheen school also tought children the accordion there during his time in the parish of Aughagower. May he kind gentle and caring soul forever rest in heavenly peace.
Margaret flynn lanmore westport
Condolence to McCarthy family on ye loss a lovely priest may his gentle soul rest in peace
The Prendergast Family, Logaphuill, Castlebar
Deepest sympathy to Fr John's family, may his gentle soul rest in peace
Phil, Tom, Yvonne & Fiona Thomas, Errew, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Our sincere condolences to Fr John's extended family. We were only talking about him yesterday morning before we found out about his death as our own father Johnny Thomas passed away on the same day as Fr John. They were great buddies when he lived in Castlebar. He spent many a night in our house as they chatted about many subjects. My mother had a special china cup that was and still is referred to as 'Fr McCarthy's cup'! Fr John taught many of us music when we were younger and we all fondly remember the group he assembled - 'The Spoons' and one infamous, three hour concert that we starred in and that he directed! He introduced us to a lifelong love of traditional music. His fast masses were sought after by many, we visited him in Knock a couple of years ago and were delighted to catch up with him again. He was a gentleman and was respected and loved in this area. We hope he and Dad have caught up again in heaven. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Lyons Family ,Knockaphunta,Castlebar
Condolences to Fr John's family he was our lovely next door neighbour for a number of years Rest in peace Fr John
Kerins family Liscarney westport
Condolences to McCarthy family on the passing of Fr John rest in peace
Scott family. Aughagower village.Westport.
Sincere sympathy on fr. John's passing. He was a such a lovely man. Rip John
Mary Gavin, Drumminroe, Partry
Sincerest sympathy to all of Fr John’s relations. He was amazingly compassionate & good humoured & will be remembered as a kind friend by all who knew him. All in heaven are smiling at his arrival & gathering around to hear what news he has to share. RIP
John & Nuala Kelly Knock
Our condolences to all of Fr. John's family. He was a gentle soul and may he now rest in peace.
Mary Waldron knock launderette
So sorry to hear of fr John's passing a true gentleman always had a smile and full of chat always had a story every Friday morning when I'd call and the end of it in the evening when I came back may he rest in peace RIP
Tom & Cora Walsh Aghagower
Sad to hear of Fr John's passing,may his gentle soul rest in peace.
Aughagower Parishioner
Lovely memories of you as a curate in our parish of Aughagower, Westport in the 90's. You always had a lovely smile and you always said at mass that everyone was beautiful. May your very gentle soul rest in peace.
Marie & Sean Kerins
Deepest sympathy for the loss of a lovely friend.
Bertie and Nuala Dennedy
Sincere sympathy to all of Fr.Johns family.We will truly miss him as he was a very special friend to us for many years.May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Kitty n John Foy n Family Aughagower Village
Sincere Sympathy to all Father Johns relatives he was one nice Priest when he was here in Aughagower some years ago .R.I.P. Fr.John .
PJ and Christina Grimes lanmore liscarney Westport
Condolences to McCarthy family on the passing of Fr John rest in peace
John & Mary Cunningham (nee Thomas), Belcarra
Sincere sympathy to the nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours of Fr John, on his sudden death. We have been a family friend of Fr John since he was a curate in Castlebar. As children attending Errew NS, he always bought sweets...Black Magic, Roses, Quality Street on his school visits in the late 70/ early 80 and we loved when he suggested "no homework tonight" to the teachers. Fr John was so generous with his time and talents. He started music classes free of charge for kids, initially teaching in Errew Monastery and then at Knockaphunta. He always saw the best in us and created 2 groups...."The Spoons" and "The Chancers" the name suggests, he had a super sense of humour . I'm sure he was as deeply missed from every parish as he was from Castlebar. Fr John was a priest ahead of his time. He was open, honest and very witty man. We pray he is now in his heavenly home, reunited with all those he knew and loved. ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
John & Marian Duggan, Carrowmore Meadows.
We are so sorry to hear of Fr John's passing. We enjoyed our chats when he was out for his walk. May he rest in peace.
Frances o Dwyer
Fr John was a much loved member of our Retirement Village at Carrowmore Meadows. He always greeted one with a mischievous grin and a happy smile and one left feeling all the better for the encounter. He had his serious moments and gave prudent advice when needed. Very often what seemed a serious issue became a matter of laughter. He was a priest who walked with God and our lives were enriched by having met him on Life’s path. We miss him very much, but are pleased his pain is over. We can pray to him to intercede with God for us. Rest In Peace noble soul.! Francis o Dwyer and friends from Carrowmore Meadows.
Philip Beirne, Breaffy( formerly Saleen Castlebar)
So sorry to hear about Father John's passing. He was hugely admired in Castlebar and surrounding areas in the 80s when he was a priest here as he taught scores of young people music and put on many entertainment nights in the local parish halls. We were part of his traditional music band called "The Spoons" and many a concert we performed. Father John passed on his love of music to a generation of young people, many who are still playing music today because of his inspiration, his teaching & his patience! Thanks for inspiring a love of music to us all Father John, you will never be forgotten. RIP