The Diocese of Elphin is in shock on hearing news of the sudden death of Fr. Martin Mulvaney over the weekend. Fr. Martin who was a native of Ballintogher, Co. Sligo was a relatively young 65 years of age and walked on a daily basis to keep fit. He enjoyed meeting people and sharing their company, whether it be in their family homes around the parish, on his daily walk, on the golf course, at the game of cards, on or off the GAA field (as player, manager, or spectator), or on his occasional trips to the races. All were for him his parish and an opportunity to share in people’s lives.
We offer our sympathies to his sisters and brothers, to his parishioners in Rooskey and Kilglass and, of course to all his colleagues and friends among the priests and deacons of the Diocese and further afield.
Following his education at Summerhill College, Sligo, Martin went to St. Patrick’s College, Kiltegan, for the Spiritual Year from 1973 to 1974, and from there to St Patrick’s College, Douglas, Cork for his philosophy studies. In 1976, he moved to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth for his final four years of formation. Having completed his studies in theology he was ordained to the priesthood on 15th June 1980 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo.
Fr. Martin’s ministry extended throughout the length and breadth of Co. Roscommon, beginning with a temporary appointment in Strokestown. During his forty years as a priest, he served in Breedogue, Kilmurray, Elphin, Roscommon Town, Croghan, and Athlone, before his most recent appointment to Rooskey in August 2018.