Very Rev Joseph O’Donnell, RIP

The death has taken place on Sunday 7th July 2019 at the Donegal Hospice, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, of Father Joseph O’Donnell. He was Parish Priest of Ballintra (Drumholm).

Born: 22nd September 1963.

Ordained: 3rd July 1988 in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, Co Donegal by Bishop Seamus Hegarty.

Fr O’Donnell received his primary education in St Baithin’s NS, St Johnston and his Secondary Education in St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. He studied for the Priesthood at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny and at All Hallows College, Dublin.


CC, Conwwal and Leck (Cathedral Parish), Letterkenny 1988 – 1996

CC, Convoy, Chaplain to Vocational School Raphoe and Royal and Prior Secondary School 1996 – 1998

CC, Irish Martyrs (Aughaninshin Parish), Letterkenny 1998 – 2014

CC, Mountcharles (Parish of Inver) & Chaplain Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town 2014 -2016

PP, Ballintra (Drumholm) & Chaplain Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town 2016 – 2019


Fr O’Donnell was Vocations Director for the Diocese for many years and served as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies.

Fr O’Donnell’s Remains will repose at St. Brigid’s Church, Ballintra on Monday 8th July 2019 from 2pm until Rosary at 9pm, and on Tuesday 9th July reposing at St. Eunan’s Cathedral Letterkenny from 2pm until Rosary at 10pm.

Requiem Mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny on Wednesday 10th July at 12 noon with  Interment afterwards in Conwal Cemetery, Letterkenny.


May his soul rest in the peace of Christ.