Monsignor Lory Kehoe
The Late Monsignor Lory Kehoe (1935-2017)
Belated “Happy New Year” to everyone and apologies for the lack of posts of late.
Before I file away in my mind, the events and happenings of the last year, I have to mention the sudden passing of Monsignor Lory Kehoe in December.
Monsignor Kehoe was the retired parish priest of St. Michaels R.C. Church here in Gorey, Co. Wexford. He retired in August 2009 and I had the pleasure of shooting the last wedding he celebrated in St Michael's, the day before his official retirement. The following day, the Mons. celebrated his last Sunday Mass in the parish, and I had the honour of creating a portrait of him, on the altar of St. Michaels, after the Mass.
I got to know the Monsignor over the previous 6 years, through photographing weddings in which he celebrated. He was a fairly traditional priest with a gentle but firm disposition, who had a warm, friendly & caring approach to people. He will always be remembered for his caring work with the old and sick of the parish. As a wedding photographer, I always found him to be an absolute gentleman to work with. Creating a portrait of him was not quite so simple. He liked to dress in the black suit but not the altar vestments, so I had to do a very swift lighting set up on the altar, in order to get him into the set with his robes intact. So, I was setting up while the congregation was still leaving the Church. My daughter Susan, was my assistant on the sitting which made it all possible. As a result, I am very pleased to attach the wall portrait.
Monsignor Kehoe was born in Glynn, Co. Wexford. He served in various ministries all within the Co. Wexford borders, retiring as parish priest of Gorey, to live in Wexford Town. He passed away after a short illness on December 1, 2017 and is buried in Enniscorthy. R.I.P