40 -- Fr. Pat O'Brien
(CC Skehana 1983 - 1995)
Fr. Pat O’Brien 1983 – 1995
Fr Pat O’Brien is a native of Claremorris. He was ordained by Archbishop Joseph Cunnane in Claremorris Church on June 10th. 1979. His first ministry began in July 1979 in Clare Island. Fr O’Brien came to Skehana from his previous ministry on Clare Island in October 1983. In May 1988 Archbishop Joseph Cassidy launched fr Pat’s book of poetry, “A Book of Genisis” in Galway. He trained the local Hurling Team and produced Drama with the local Macra Na Feirme Group which led to both to achieve many successes during his time in the parish.
He was appointed CC of the parish of Killmena in June 1995 and ministered in Fahy Church until being transferred to become Chaplin at GMIT in Castlebar. He was appointed as CC to the parish of Tuam in June 2004. Here he served until being appointed PP of the parish of Caherlistrane where he still ministers.