02 -- Fr. John J Noone

(PP Menlough 1847 - 1872)

Gerry Costello

Final resting place of Fr John J Noone in front of the altar in Menlough Church
© Gerry Costello Photography

Fr. John J Noone  1847 – 1872

Fr John J Noone was a native of Tuam. His first ministry was in Annaghdown. According to the report on his funeral he was then transferred to Killascobe where he ministered as a CC and as a PP for the rest of his life. Reports show that he was CC in Moylough/Skehana in 1837. At the time when he was Curate CC. In 1841 he had recovered from the effects of a severe typhus fever. He passed away in Menlough on September 23rd. 1872 at the age of 62 years. He was laid to rest in front of the altar in Menlough Church. No marking stone exists today.


(Excerpt from the Tuam News in The Nation – October 5th. 1872)

The aisle and transepts of the church were filled with the friends and parishioners of the deceased clergyman, and sorrow was depicted on the countenances of all. Immediately before the close of the solemn Mass the Very Rev, P. J. O’Brien, turning to the assembled multitude, touchingly beseeching their prayers for the repose of the soul of Father Noone, spoke an eloquent and pathetic panegyric on his dead friend. The Mass having been finished, the funeral obsequies at the grave in front of the High Altar were proceeded with, his Grace the Archbishop, in mourning cope, blessing the remains, and there, surrounded by the friends and people whom he loved so well, the Rev. John Noone, parish priest of Killascobe, at the age of sixty-two years, was lowered to his last resting place.— Abridged from Tuam News.



Report from The Tuam Herald of March 13th. 1841


We are much gratified in being able to announce, that the above named exemplary and pious clergyman, is now entirely recovered from the effects of a severe typhus fever caught in the discharge of the duties pertaining to his sacred ministry. We understand that the inhabitants of the parishes of Moylough and Menlo, the scenes of his active labours—grateful to Providence for having spared to them so good a pastor, are about to present to him a suitable address, accompanied by a substantial mark of their respect and affection. If a sincere zeal for the glory of the Creator—and an ardent desire for the promotion of universal peace and concord, can be any passport to the favour of a faithful people, then the claims of Mr. Noon are great indeed. Exercising all the virtues which belong to the character of a Christian—and a gentleman, we are proud to think that he has won the friendship of all those committed to his care, and the deep sympathy evinced by every class during the period of a dangerous and protracted illness, proves the esteem with which he is so justly regarded. As the son of an old and respected inhabitant of Tuam, we are glad to see him thus beloved, and we trust in our next to lay before our readers the address to which we have referred.


Advertisement From the Tuam Herald, April 10th 1841.



TO BE SOLD, (A Bargain) the Interest in the Lease of the extensive Plot of Ground, situate in EGAN’S LANE, in the Town of TUAM, (formerly a Malt House and Tan Yard) ; there is 15 years of the Lease unexpired, subject to the nominal yearly Rent of 10s 6d. It would be a most convenient place for Slaughter Houses, Corn Stores, or for any purpose requiring extensive room and convenience; there is a plentiful supply of water on the premises together with building materials. Small Capitalists would derive a handsom yearly income for an outlay of a few pounds by erecting tenements on it; the principle parts of the walls of which are already built.

For further particulars, apply to the Rev. John J. Noone, Menlo, CastleLlakeney.

N.B The lease could be renewed for ever for a very trifling sum.

March 27th, 1841.

© The Tuam Herald – April 10th. 1841




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  • My Great Grandfather was in charge at the RIC barracks in Menlough from approx 1862 to 1869. He writes of Father Noon:

    The parish priest was the most generous priest I ever met. For seven years stationed at Menlough I had to see him and I had plenty of drink to get daily from him. At Xmas he would send me a turkey fit for cooking and would bring a bottle of the best wine when my wife would be sick at child birth. I had no better friend.

    At his illness one time I should write his letters to Archbishop McHale at his dictation. No Bishop ever or will be in Ireland would be his equal. May his soul and the good parish priest F. Noon rest and enjoy paradise in [n]ever ending glory and bliss is the prayer of the writer for both

    (written in approx 1911 By retired Sergeant (RIC) William John O’Leary)

    By Les (Mr. A. P.) O'Leary (28/05/2022)
  • I could not refrain from commenting. Well written!

    By Matt Kerrigan (13/06/2015)

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