Msgr Edward Dunne DSM KCHS

Funeral arrangements:

Monsignor Dunne will repose at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Dunboyne from 6pm until 9pm on Wednesday.

Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday at 12:00hrs followed by burial in Rooske Cemetery.

In accordance with current government  guidelines, attendance will be restricted.

The Requiem Mass will be available to view online via this link.


Edward Dunne was born in Skryne parish on 07 August 1938.

Following his primary education in Skryne NS he attended St Finian’s College in Mullingar.

He was ordained in Rome in 1963 following studies at the Irish College.

On his return to his native diocese,  Fr Dunne served in the parishes of  Rahan (1963),
Dunboyne (1964 
– during which time he also worked in the Apostolic Nunciature), Donore (1965), Coole (1968) & Stamullen (1969).

Fr Dunne was appointed Chaplain to the Forces at Gormanston Camp in November 1970.  He served with 24 Inf Gp in Cyprus in summer of 1973, and on winter trips in Lebanon with 44 Inf Bn in 1978 and 48th Inf Bn  in 1980.

Fr Dunne is the only chaplain to have been  awarded An Bonn Míleata Calmachta (the Distinguished Service medal).  
The Citation reads:
“For dedication to duty above the ordinary and for displaying courage under fire in bringing spiritual succour to a wounded comrade during a night attack by hostile forces on the Headquarters of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon at Naqoura on 19th April 1979.”
Fr Dunne was appointed Head Chaplain to the Forces on 03 October 1981 based at McKee Barracks, Dublin. 
He was appointed a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness on 06 April 1985 with the title of Monsignor. He served as Head Chaplain to the Forces at McKee Barracks and at Defence Forces Headquarters until his retirement in 1991.

Msgr Dunne was appointed Parish Priest of Dunboyne & Kilbride in 1991 and served there until his retirement in 2007. 

As President of the St Oliver Plunkett Union in 1994, Msgr Dunne worked to foster the work of the students and alumni of the Pontifical College in Rome. 

As a chaplain to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Msgr Dunne led many pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

May the angels lead him into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome him and take him to the holy city, the new Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive him and where Lazarus is poor no longer, may he have eternal rest.