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Message from Bishop Denis on the tragic death on Wed. 30th Jan. of  Fr. John Cummins. P.P. 


It is with deep regret and sadness I announce the sudden death of Fr John Cummins, PP Abbeyleix after a freak accident with his car at the Parochial House.

My thoughts and prayers are with Fr John’s mother, brothers and sister, his priest colleagues in Kildare and Leighlin, his team in Faith Development Services and ACCORD, Carlow and of course his many parishioners in Abbeyleix.

Also remembering his former colleagues in IT Carlow and parishioners of Carlow Cathedral Parish.

John is a tremendous loss to all of us in the Diocese. I will hold all of you in my prayers over these very difficult and lonely days.

+ Denis Nulty
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin


Born: 17 October 1966

Ordained: 16 June 1991

His home place was Newbridge, Co Kildare.


Patrician Brothers Secondary School, Newbridge (1979-1984)

NUI Maynooth (1984-1987)

Pontifical University, Maynooth (1987-1990)

Carlow College, St Patricks (1990-1991)

Appointments with Dates: 

Curate Naas 1991-1995
Further Study Rome 1995-2000
Chaplain IT Carlow 2000-2005
Curate Cathedral Parish, Carlow 2005-2006
Administrator Cathedral Parish, Carlow 2006-2017
PP Abbeyleix 2017-2019

Funeral Details

Funeral arrangements for Fr John Cummins are as follows:
Reposing in the Chapel of Adoration adjoining the Church Of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix from 4pm on Friday with removal at 6.30 pm To The Church Of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix concluding with night prayer at 9pm.
Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12 noon. Removal afterwards to his family home in Newbridge.
Mass at 11am on Monday morning in St. Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge with interment afterwards in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge.

Mgr John Byrne, Vicar General will receive the remains with Bishop Denis and priests of the Diocese in Abbeyleix at 6.30 pm, Fr Ger Ahern will lead Night Prayer at 9pm.

Bishop Denis will celebrate the Requiem Mass and preach the homily on Saturday at 12noon in Abbeyleix.

Bishop Denis will celebrate Mass on Monday at 11am in St Conleth’s, Church, Newbridge with Fr Ger Nash, classmate and very good friend of Fr John, preaching the homily.

May he rest in peace.