Fr Thomas McDonnell was born on 6th February 1949. His homeplace was Coolnarig, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.
He was educated in Baltinglass Primary School and Knockbeg College before entering St Patrick’s College Maynooth.
He was ordained for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin on 9th June 1974.
His first appointment, in 1974, was to Tullow Parish, where he also served from 1978 as the first Chaplain to Tullow Community School.
In 1987 Fr Tom was appointed Director of Formation in St Patrick’s College, Carlow where he served until 1996. In 1994 he was appointed Vice-President.
He also served as Diocesan Chancellor from 1987 until 1998.
In 1996 he was appointed curate in Properous (Caragh Parish) in Co. Kildare.
In late 2000, Fr Tom was appointed the Parish Priest of Paulstown – Goresbridge.
In 2004, Bishop Jim Moriarty appointed him Parish Priest of Sallins. Two years later, he was appointed Parish Priest of Naas, Sallins and Two-Mile-House.
Reposing at Harolds Cross Hospice.
Funeral to arrive to Naas Parish Church – Church of Our Lady and St David, Sallins Road, Naas – on Sunday 12th May at 4.00pm.
Reposing until 10pm.
Requiem Mass in Naas Parish Church on Monday at 12.00 noon.
Burial will take place in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow arriving about 4.00pm.
2012 Easter Message from Fr. Tom
Since my stepping down from holding the position of parish priest a number of weeks ago I have received many cards and letters wishing me well and offering support and encouragement.
This Easter weekend I want to thank you all for your prayers, good wishes and support. Individual Thank Yous would take a lot of time and so I hope you will accept this communal note of appreciation. On behalf of all of us I wish to thank Fr. John along with Fr. Paul, Fr. Bogdan and Fr. Declan and the other members of the parish team for their hard work and support.
May this Easter be a joyful and happy time for you and your families. With grateful thanks for your prayers and support.
Fr Tom (7th April 2012)