With great sadness we announce that our brother Florian Farrelly was tragically killed in a car accident on 7th September. He was 87 years old and a member of the Rossnowlagh fraternity. May his good and generous soul rest in the peace of Christ.

John Farrelly was from Sutton, Co Dublin. He joined the friars in 1953 and received the religious name, Florian. He celebrated his Franciscan Profession the following year. After studies in Galway and Rome he was ordained to the priesthood in Rome in 1961. His younger brother Paschal (Michael) also joined the Franciscans and predeceased him in 2000.

During his long and fruitful ministry Florian lived in many of our friaries in Ireland beginning with Waterford. He spent an extended period in Drogheda friary where he was guardian. He was also appointed guardian in our Killarney and Multyfarnham communities.  

Florian’s kindness, his attentive listening and gentle presence were a blessing in the lives of the many people he came in contact with over his decades of Gospel service.

We pray the Lord’s faithful servant may be received into eternal joy and that Christ may comfort his grieving family members and Franciscan brethren.

Funerals Arrangements

Reception of remains along with Evening Prayer, Rossnowlagh Friary, Sunday 11th at 5.00 p.m.

Mass in Rossnowlagh church on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

The remains will repose in the church throughout Monday


Tuesday morning: departure for Franciscan Abbey, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath 

Arrival in Multyfarnham at about 11.45 a.m.

Funeral Mass at 12.00 noon followed by burial 

“Lord, welcome into your presence your son and our brother, Florian, whom you have called from this life.”