14 -- Fr Arthur Devine
(PP Menlough 1987 - 1999)
Fr. Arthur Devine, a native of Newport, Co. Mayo, was born in 1927. His father, also Arthur Devine and mother, Ellen Devine, were the proprietors of Devines Hotel in Main Street, Newport. He is also a cousin of Fr. Patrick Moran who ministered in Skehana from 1947 to 1953. His father passed away in October 1962, his mother in April 1967 and his brother Dr. Joseph Devine, Listowel, Co. Kerry on January 17th. 2004.
He was Ordained on June 21st. 1953 and ministered in Errew Monastert until 1954 when he went to the Diocese of Clonfert on loan and served in that Diocese until 1957. Grom 1957 until 1960 he ministered on Inis Oirr, Arainn. From 1960 to 1962 he was CC in Milltown. In September 1963 he was CC in Glenamaddy and transferred to become CC in Letterfrack in 1964 and 1969 he was appointed CC to Castlebar. His next assignment was in 1979 as CC in Taugheen, Crossboyne, near Claremorris, Co. Mayo before being appointed parish priest of Menlough in 1987. He was made a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in 1998, retired as parish priest of Menlough in 1999, and immediately became AP in Glenisland, just outside Castlebar, Co. Mayo until 2003 when he lived in retirement in Castlebar itself.
UPDATE: The final Chapter
Canon Attie Devine, RIP – June 1, 2016
It is with great sadness that the Archdiocese marks the death of one of the most senior members of the clergy with the departure of Canon Attie Devine on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016. He died peacefully in Abbeybreaffy Nursing Home. Arthur Devine was born on October 13th, 1927 in Newport. He was ordained June 21st, 1953. He served on the following missions:
Chaplain – Errew Monastery 1953 – 1954
Diocese of Clonfert 1954 – 1957
S.C., Inis Oirr, Árainn 1957 – 1960
C.C., Milltown 1960 – 1962
C.C., Glenamaddy 1962 – 1964
C.C., Letterfrack 1964 -1969
C.C., Castlebar 1969 – 1979
C.C., Taugheen 1979 – 1987
P.P., Menlough 1987 – 1999
A.P., Glenisland 1999 – 2003
Retired, Castlebar 2003 – 2016
Died, Abbeybreaffy Nursing Home June 1st, 2016.
Fr. Attie will be sadly missed by Archbishop Micheal, all the priests of the Archdiocese and his family and wide circle of friends.
He served diligently for many years in the archdiocese and celebrated his diamond jubilee in 2013. He had a great sense of humour and was an avid hunter and angler.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé!
He reposed in Cody’s funeral home in Castlebar, Thursday, June 2nd 2016 from 5.00 – 7.00 pm. This was followed by his removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar. His Funeral Mass was held in Castlebar Church at 3.00 pm on Friday, June 3rd. and his burial took place afterwards in Burrishoole Cemetery in the family plot.