Members of the O’Connells GFC and Stabannon Parnells GFC formed a guard of honour at the removal on Thursday evening last of Very Rev Father Eamon Treanor, Parish Priest Kilsaran and Stabannon.
Parishioners, including many pupils from the parish primary schools, gathered in silent tribute as Fr Eamon went to his parish church for the last time.
Fr Treanor, who was originally from Dundalk, died suddenly on St Patrick’s Day. He had spent a total of 17 years in the parish, 10 of them as Parish Priest.
He had been looking forward to the Confirmation day in the parish which was on Thursday.
Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin celebrated Mass.
He spoke about the privileged and humble calling of the priesthood and how Fr Eamonn had met that calling so well and dedicated his ministry to the people of the parish. And he quoted from the last writings of St Patrick, writings about that very same humility.
Cardinal Sean Brady who was chief celebrant at Fr Treanor’s funeral Mass on Friday, said children who had been confirmed the previous day had received CLICKS certificates which stated that they had made a commitment to refrain from use of alcohol or drugs.
Fr Treanor had been one of the founders of CLICKS, the parish group set up to help people stay free from drugs or alcohol addiction.
Cardinal Brady said in his homily that Fr Treanor had worked hard for this cause and just recently delivered a paper on the subject.
The cardinal recalled that Fr Eamon was ordained in 1979 by the late Tomas O’Fiaich, who just a few months later received the cardinal’s red hat in Rome and a few months after that Pope John Paul II came to Ireland. Fr Eamon’s first parish was Mellifont. He first came to Kilsaran in 1986.
On St Patrick’s morning he phoned Fr Peter Murphy PP Ardee to say he was unwell and asked if someone could say Mass in Kilsaran and Stabannon.
A short time later he was dead.
He had been thinking of his parishioners to the end, the Cardinal said.
The choir conducted by Mary Price sang beautiful hymns at the funeral Mass.
Many warm tributes have been paid to Fr Eamon.
Local councillor Pearse McGeough said he was a kind, generous man who had worked tirelessly for the people of the parish especially with the CLICKS group which he helped establish. “The whole community was in shock when the sad news broke on St Patrick’s Day,” Cllr McGeough said.
“He had been looking forward to Confirmation in just a few days time.
“As a founder member of CLICKS he did great work to
create awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
he was a great parish priest, a caring priest and he will be sadly missed by everybody in the parish.