TRIBUTES have been paid to Very Rev Canon Vincent Hodnett, the parish priest of the Lough Parish in Cork, but a native of Rosscarbery.
Canon Hodnett, who passed away following a short illness, was buried last week in the grounds of the Church of the Immaculate Conception at The Lough.
Bishop John Buckley said that Canon Hodnett was a good priest ‘in every way’.
‘His ministry enabled him to bring people closer to Christ and he was a good shepherd who knew his people and by whom he was known,’ he said.
Canon Hodnett was also very involved in supporting scouting and a great asset to the youth of the parish.
William Gleeson, treasurer of the Lough Community Centre, said that Canon Hodnett would be missed by young and old in the area. ‘He was more than just a parish priest, he was someone that people could talk to with ease.’
Canon Hodnett, born in 1945, was a son of the late Charlie and Peg Hodnett, North Square, Rosscarbery, and attended Farranferris college in Cork for secondary.
One of his school highlights was winning the All Ireland hurling final with the school in 1963. He studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained at the Lough church on June 17th, 1970.
His first posting was to London’s Holloway Road, but he later served in Bantry, Douglas, The Glen and The Lough, where he died, on April 23rd, in the care of the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork.