25 -- Fr. Peter Varden
(CC Skehana 1914 -1919)
Fr. Peter Varden 1914 – 1919
Fr Varden was born in Ambally, Cummer. His father was Patrick Varden and his mother was Kate Varden, He was CC in The Neale in 1893 and was CC in Knock in 1894. In 1895 he was CC in Westport. In 1898 he was CC in Clifden and seems to be CC in Irishtown in 1900 and CC in Ballindine in 1901. He was transferred to Newport in August 1902. He was a CC in Mulranny in 1905 and spearheaded the building of the Church there. It looks like he was CC in Spiddle in 1913. He moved to Skehana in 1914 and remained there until 1919 when He was appointed as CC in Belclare until 1931. He spent 12 years in Belclare. In 1931 he was CC in Kilmaine.
He passed away in a Dublin nursing home on Friday, March 10th. 1944 and on arrival by rail in Tuam on Saturday evening the remains, were met by His Grace, the Archbishop, and a number of priests and by many mourners arid sympathisers. They were conveyed by motor hearse to Belclare Church and the interment took place in Belclare on Sunday, March 12th 1944. His Requiem Mass, however, was not celebrated until the day after his burial which was on the Monday of March 13th 1944. He is laid to rest in the grounds of Belclear Church.