Rev. Fr. Enda Connelly

Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
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Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Missionary / Poet

Despite suffering from ill health this priest continued to minister to his parishioners in Ireland also abroad.

Enda Connelly was born on 24th October 1918 near Castlebar, Co. Mayo. With his family he moved to Dublin as a youth.


Following National school education he proceeded to Blackrock College during 1935.  He studied philosophy in Kimmage during 1942.


During 1941 Enda Connelly entered the Kilshane Novitiate in Co. Tipperary.


Enda Connelly was ordained during 1947.


His first appointment to Kenya.  He served for twenty years at the mission stations of Machakos, Giriama, (now Zanzibar) Taveta, Mariakani, Nairobi also Mombasa.  Several of his postings were to remote stations.


Fr. Enda Connelly was forced to return to Ireland with failing health but continued to minister to those in St. Patrick’s Parish in Kilkenny with the same qualities of character from 1968 to 1973.


Fr. Connelly was transferred to the New York area of the U S A.

Ill health

Rev. Fr.  Enda Connelly’s ill health deteriorated; that necessitated heart surgery.  His remained in ill health.


The demise occurred of Fr. Enda Connelly in New York on 24th February 1982.  He was aged sixty-three years.


Fr. Enda Connelly is remembered for his steadfast patience, devotedness also his zeal for his parishioners.

A booklet of his poetry was published posthumously by his friends in the USA.




Comments about this page

  • Amy …wonderful that you have the Poetry Book!

    Did he have other siblings beside his two sisters?
    …. realise did not not have much personal information on that site re Fr. Enda’s family.

    Best of luck.

    By Noelene Beckett Crowe (31/03/2019)
  • We have his poetry book. It was given to his sisters, two of which were Sisters of Loreto Convent.

    By Amy Kelly (24/03/2019)
  • Glad to have assisted your search Amy.
    Best of luck with in your future research.
    Perhaps you may source his Poetry book.

    By Noelene Beckett Crowe (22/03/2019)
  • Thank you so much for this. I have been searching a lot for information on my Great Uncle Enda!!!

    By Amy Kelly (17/03/2019)

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