Always put people first and had no favourites

The late Fr Jim Griffin


REV FR James (Jim) Griffin of Killorglin and Tralee, Co Kerry, late Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Waterford, died on Monday, March 18, at the Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee.

Aged 78, Fr Jim was born in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, in February, 1935, to parents Thomas and Bridget Griffin and at a young age his parents moved to Kerry, where he grew up. He attended primary school in Killorglin, secondary school in St Brendan's College, Killarney, following which he went to St John's College in Waterford to study for the Priesthood.

He was ordained in 1958 and was sent on loan to Wales for four years. He loved Wales and its people and made many friends during his time there. He was recalled to Waterford in 1962 and served in several parishes there over the years.

Fr Jim was appointed Parish Priest of The Sacred Heart Parish in Waterford where he served until his retirement.

Wherever he went he made many friends. He was a good listener and a good communicator, who always put people first and had no favourites. Fr Jim had time for all and was a kind and generous person.

He was, of course, a great sports lover and an avid GAA follower. Suffice it to say, when Kerry were playing he was fanatical and often a very vocal supporter whether at a local venue or in the Cusack Stand.

Due to a number of health problems he had to retire from service as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart 12 years ago. He moved to Tralee where he had been in semi-retirement since.

Fr Jim celebrated Mass each morning at 10.30 in St John's Mercy Convent, Balloonagh. There he had a regular congregation who all became friends and he had a tremendous rapport with the Sisters there.

Sadly over the last six months his failing health caught up with him and he finally left his beloved Kingdom of Kerry for the Heavenly Kingdom.

Fr Jim was laid to rest in Dungarvan Cemetery with his parents, Thomas and Bridget Griffin.

He is sadly missed by his three sisters Kitty (Dublin), Carmel (Tralee) and Imelda (Australia), brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, Bishop Lee, Waterford and his fellow priests in Waterford and Kerry. Also by a large circle of friends in both counties.

Ar dheis De go mbeidh a anam dilis agus is fior a ra nach mbeidh a leithid ann aris.