Con Curley was Parish Priest of Francis Street until 09 August 2005 when he died. Con had gone into hospital for another operation. He had been through quite a few procedures and we assumed he would come through this one. It was not to be. God called him home.

He came to St. Nicholas of Myra in 1993. He soon settled in and Francis Street became home to him. The people of the parish were his good friends as well as parishioners. In time he came to think of them as his second family.

Con undertook the daunting task of refurbishing the church. It was by now, badly in need of repair and decoration. The church building, as it stands today, is very beautiful. It is a tribute to him.

But those who were privileged to know him, would say that the greatest tribute to Con was the genuine sorrow and heartache felt by parishioners when he died. They lost not only their parish priest but a good friend. He was an approachable man who liked company. He spoke to everyone and was not overly impressed by a person's status.


He was particularly attentive to those who were sick or in hospital. His own experience of illness gave him an appreciation of their situation and a heightened sense of compassion. Even while he himself was undergoing treatment he continued to visit those in hospital.

Parishioners recognised his devotion to Our Lady. He was however, a very practical man when it came to liturgy. His habit of giving a brief sermon at the beginning of the liturgy was much appreciated, especially when there was a game in Croke Park!

A dedicated priest, he was also a man of good humour. In fact his ability to have fun was legendary. He enjoyed the banter and craic that are part and parcel of life in St. Nicholas of Myra.

Con wished to be buried in the Church Crypt and parishioners were very pleased when his wish was granted. He will not be forgotten. His work and life here in Francis Street will always be appreciated. May he rest in peace.

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