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Father  Walter Larkin 

Photo courtesy of Saint Malachy's College

Walter was the grandson of Margaret Tinneny of Belturbet and the son of her daughter Annie Casey of Belturbet and James Larkin. He was raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Although he planned on a career in medicine, after his graduation from Queen's University in Belfast he responded to the calling to enter the priesthood.

Walter was ordained a priest at Maynooth, County Kildare in 1940.  He said his first Mass in the old Catholic Chapel behind the railway station in Belturbet.  His older brother Michael, who by that time was himself studying for the priesthood, served at his First Mass.

From 1945 until 1970 Walter was assigned to Saint Malachy's College in Belfast in various positions and spent many years as President of the college.  In 1970 he left the college and became the parish Priest of Crossgar after completing his assignment there he served as Parish Priest of Kilkeel.  On April 6, 1988, The Very Reverend Cannon Walter Larkin, a priest for 47 years died of emphysema at Upper Mourne, Kilkeel, County Down.  He is buried there.


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