James G Canon Ashe CANON JIM ASHE of Dingle and Scotland's Diocese of Motherwell, was a very special man, loved by all.
He was well into his late eighties when the Lord took him away at 200 Logan's Road, Motherwell, Scotland - Saint Bernadette's was the last of many parishes in which he served. It was particularly apt that he was stationed at Sr Bernadette's - seeing that a series of unlikely coincidences connected with a Lourdes pilgrimate that he made played no small part in his call to the priesthood (too long to go into in this brief tribute).
For, Canon Jim had a rather late calling. He was a bank clerk at the time in North Cork.
Born on Dingle's Main Street, he went to the Monastery School at the top of the Barrack Height. Afterwards, he went to Killarney's Junior Seminary and completed his clerical education at All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin. He was a very good scholar and, particularly, he was quite an expert at the Irish language and had a great love of it.
Among the parishes he served in were Easterhouse, Glasgow and Billshill - two Glasgow Celtic hot-beds. No wonder he was an avid Celtic fan!
Not generally known, perhaps, is that he was an excellent soccer player and used this skill at ground football in Gaelic games with Dingle and St Brendan's Seminary.
Canon Jim was also an except iona l billiards/snooker player - professional standard, I would say. Many's the surprise he sprung - to his roguish delight - at various competitions at home and abroad!
(He learned his technique at John Neligan's Emporium, Main St, Dingle). Yes indeed, Canon Jim Ashe had also a great sense of humour.
Actually, anything he took up he more or less mastered - piano, singing, golf for instance.
An exceptional person you will say? As the modern phrase has it - you can say that again.
But, in spite of all the talents, he will be remembered most for his kindly ways, his gentle encouragement, good humour and plain goodness. Jim Ashe was the complete Christian gentleman.
A multitude of people will be sad at his passing.
He was buried, as he requested, with his father and mother, at Milltown Cemetery, Dingle - 'Geatai na Gloire'.
Go bhfailti Ri na bhFlaitheas romhat, a Sheamus. Dia leat.