Sunday, May 8, 2016
Church Record Sunday/ Rev. Denis Kane PP Baltinglass
The Rev. Dr. Denis Kane was born in 1822 in County Carlow to Edward Kane and Catherine Hoy. He was ordained in 1848 and joined the staff of Carlow College that same year, where he remained for nine years. He was PP [Parish Priest] at Baltinglass Parish in County Wicklow from 1871 until his death in 1883. The letters VG after his name are an abbreviation of Vicar General, an important position meaning he was "deputized" by the Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin to act on his behalf.
Being the PP at Baltinglass during those years means he was my great-great-great-grandfather Daniel McGarr's priest. At least until 1875 when Grandfather died. He might even have said Grandfather's funeral Mass, but it could just as likely have been one of his curates. What really captures my imagination here is the fact that Grandfather McGarr knew this man, this very man I am sitting at my desk looking at was gazed upon by my third great-grandfather. It's a sort of connection to Grandfather, I'm not exactly sure how to put into words -- the emotions that excites. You either get it or you don't, and I'm quite sure if you're reading a genealogy blog, you do.