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'Heart and soul' Community pays tribute to 'beautiful man' Fr Con Cronin who died in Cork bus crash

"Con, you are now at rest. Your job is done. You have taught us about God's big kingdom of love and tolerance, gentleness and care, beauty and laughter, generosity and kindness, where everyone belongs."

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Fr Con Cronin, who died in a fatal road traffic accident in Monkstown, Cork

Fr Con Cronin, who died in a fatal road traffic accident in Monkstown, Cork

Fr Con Cronin, who died in a fatal road traffic accident in Monkstown, Cork

Numerous messages of condolence have been expressed on the death of “beautiful man” Fr Con Cronin, who has been described as the heart and soul of the community in Passage West, Cork. 

Fr Cronin died after being struck by a bus which went out of control on Monkstown’s Strand Road after the driver, Mark Wills (51) from Ballincollig, suffered a suspected fatal heart attack.

Fr Cronin had been crossing the road with sacristan and parish secretary Cathy Concannon just moments after the pair had enjoyed lunch together in the nearby Bosun pub.

On his death notice on RIP.ie, it states that Fr Cronin, of Passage West, Cork and St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow and formerly of Borlin, Bantry, Co. Cork and Minna Diocese Nigeria died following a tragic road accident on August 3.

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RIP: Fr Con Cronin

RIP: Fr Con Cronin

RIP: Fr Con Cronin

“Predeceased by his sister Betty (Creed), his brother Pat (Bantry and his brother-in-law Finbarr Creed (Dublin),” it reads.

“Sadly missed by his brother Teddy (Borlin), his sisters-in-law Margaret (Borlin) and Mary (Bantry), his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, by his Kiltegan family, by Bishop Fintan Gavin of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

“(Also) by the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese, by his colleagues John Galvin and Sean O’Sullivan and his devoted parishioners in the Harbour Parishes and by his wide circle of friends.

One person has written in the condolences section that Fr Cronin (72) had a saying, "it takes a village to rear a family."

“I can truly say that Fr Con was the heart and soul of our community here in Passage West and harbour parishes.

“His tragic and untimely death has left a hole in the community that will never be filled. Con touched all our lives in a positive way. Rest in peace Fr Con. You are a truly wonderful person.”

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Another has written: “Con, you are now at rest. Your job is done. You have taught us about God's big kingdom of love and tolerance, gentleness and care, beauty and laughter, generosity and kindness, where everyone belongs.

“You have taught us to discover wonder and derive joy from the least little thing. You have taught us to laugh, and dance and sing, and laugh again.

“God bless you my dear friend, even to the end you were big hearted, generous and thought of someone else. Sincere sympathy to Teddy and all the family, to all Con's many friends and to those who weep today as they remember his generosity. Blessed be God for ever.”

Another adds: “We are saddened by Fr Con’s sudden and tragic passing and will miss his visits to our home with his cousin Tadgh when we all enjoyed great laughter and friendship.

“What a priest and a lovely kind man. Deepest condolences to all his family and faith family. May he rest in peace.”

One other says: “Our deepest sympathies to all Fr Con Cronin’s family at this very sad time. Fr Con will always be remembered for his wonderful kindness and gentleness shown to everyone. A beautiful man who will be so dearly missed by everyone."

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