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Fr Matt Wallace

  • Cemetery: Milltown
  • Home Town / City of Deceased: Wexford/Belfast
  • Listed: June 7, 2013 8:51 pm
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Wallace Very Rev, Fr Matthew P.P, died suddenly, June 7th, 2013. Son of the late Phil and Anne Wallace, brother of Kathleen, Bridget, Marie, Jamesy, Eileen, Willie, Bernard and the late Joe. Today Monday 10th following the 12.00noon Mass in Holy Trinity Church, the Church will remain open for those who wish to pay their respects and pray for Fr Matt. This evening, at 7.00pm we will pray Evening Prayer of the Church from the Office for the Dead. Requiem Mass at 12.00noon on Tuesday June 11th. Burial afterwards in Milltown Cemetery.


Fr. Matt’s grave can be located in section 28 Milltown Cemetery.

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Matt Wallace Grave

“You can leave a memorial for Fr.Matt and send a picture by filling in the form below.” Please note All messages will be reviewed before being posted.

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LATEST MESSAGES:

lily walker
manwell.02@hotmail.co.uk
father Matt Wallace
my late husband John and I first met you in 1976,we had just moved to horn drive,it was the heart of the troubles,i remember yourself and John and afew other men standing guard most nights,to protect your community.you were the gamest of all with no fear,we loved you fr.matt,we remained forever friends,you were a one off priest but an incredible human being.r.i.p.

Kevin Cullen  (The Boston Globe)
 
Father Matt Wallace
Father Matt was my pal, and I was devastated to learn of his suicide. He was a great priest and a better man. He had no airs, just graces. I spent a lot of time in the north of Ireland throughout the Troubles, working as a journalist, and Father Matt was someone I invariably looked up when in Belfast.. He smoked fags, took a drink, and once he had me drop him off at Sean Graham’s because he had a hot tip on a horse. In short, he was a regular guy, and in the end I wouldn’t doubt that everything he saw over the years had a cumulative effect on him. I was in several homes with him where people had died needlessly and violently. He was a great comforter, but it had to take its toll. He once introduced me to a bunch of little boys in Turf Lodge, just across the way from his church, who had witnessed the murder of an INLA man in broad daylight while they played nearby. Father Matt wanted me to write a story about the trauma of these poor little kids, and how normal they thought what they saw was, thus showing how abnormal it actually was for little children to live in a place were murder was random and common. I did that story and now I wonder how much trauma poor Father Matt accumulated in that big heart of his that is now silenced. He saved many lives but in the end could not save his own. RIP. Kevin Cullen The Boston Globe.

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Name David Gargan
 
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message I met Fr Matt when I was 19, twenty eight years ago, he changed my life, I never said thank you.

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Name: Michael Freeman

“That’s the saddest news. He was a great priest and great Wexford man.

The attendance at his funeral including that of Bishop Denis and numerous other Wexford priests and people and the people of Belfast is testimony to his greatness. Sincere sympathy to Jamesy and family.

Must be heart-breaking.

Compliments to your videographer Davy Magee. He has done a great service to the memory of Fr. Matt Wallace and he effectively allowed those of us from far away to ‘attend’ in spirit. Superbly produced. A most valuable piece of work. – Michael F.”

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colm lennon
 
I have lived in Norglen Gardens all my life and feel I am so lucky to have know you as my priest,friend but also my neighbour. God bless you for all the times you help my mother and my family through the hard times over the years esp my brother Jims death through suicide last July.Give my brother Jim a hug and kiss from me and tell him that we miss him so much. Rest in peace Father Matt, we will never see the like of you again.

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Name: lily

“met him in the 80s was in awe of him R.I.P. Fr Matt ”

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Name: paula owens mulvenna

“we salute you fr matt,thanks for all your years of hard work & the joyful spirit you gave us throughout your years in st. oliver plunkett parish with many happy memories youve left behind i thank you may god fold you in his arms you are lenadoons angel & saint rest in peace fr matt wallace xxx”

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Name rosetta and stephen kane
Email  
Subject father matt wallace
Message Such a lovely man anyone could ever meet gbnf will stay in our hearts forever

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Name Gerry Ohara and family. Market
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message A true friend and will be sadly missed. A pleasure to have known you. RIP

Name Margaret Crowe
Subject Father Wallace
Message saddened to hear of Father Wallace, who was in our parish at St Oliver Plunkett many years ago when I was a teenager, he was brilliant person huge inspiration for the young, me and my sister Anne both live and work in Austrailia as nurses, we both remember him as a wonderful selflesss man who did more than enough, our love goes out to him and his family in Wexford  Maggie and Anne McCartney

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Name Martina McCann
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message We are all numb at ur passing, turflodge and holy trinity will never be the same. We have lost our priest our father our brother and our best friend. R.I.P. Fr Matt. Xxx

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Name Gerard Holden
Subject down and connor
Message Plane Simple if we tried for another 1000 year\’s we cud never replace Matt you where one of a kind Matt pls pls go R I P dear Matt xx.

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Name mike mac
Subject father matt.
Message a real decent soul only priest i truly respected. r.i.p. father matt.

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kevin mallon
 
FR Matt Wallace
An amazing person not just as a priestbut as a ordinairy guy , will be soreley missed by all in the community

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Name Mcparland family divis
Subject Fr matt Wallace
Message Fr Wallace, an amazing man, friend and priest. Heaven has gained an angel we lost. Thanks for all you done and being there for our family on the death of our beloved Patrick. There will never be another like you. Rip fr Wallace xx

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Name Roberta Johnson (nee McLarnon)
Subject Fr. Wallace
Message When the parish I grew up in and the parish I live in turned their backs on me Fr Wallace did not.

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Name Lynn McVeigh
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message Father Wallace was much more than just a priest. He was such a kind and caring friend. I did alter service with him a few years ago. When Fr Wallace asked me to be an alter girl I was so happy. He was very good to me giving me the opportunity to serve God. Fr Wallace always gave me strength and encouragement to be strong. I will never forget him. R.I.P

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Name Noeleen McKiernan
Subject Fr. Matt Wallace
Message I have known you since I was a little child and now at 41 yrs old I deeply regret that I will never see your face again, R.I.P Matt you were a true inspiration xx

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Name Mags
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message Fr. Matt you will be the best sunflower in Gods’ garden. The peoples’ Priest is surely Heavens’ gain. You gave so much over the years and a lot more we don’t know about… A giant of a gentleman whose Faith, Hope and Love knew no bounds. Rest in peace now Fr. Matt xo

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Name Jim
Subject father Matthew Wallace
Message Very sad to hear that father Matt passed away, i had the privilege to be in his company several times and every time he made me feel welcome and he also had me laughing each and every time. RIP father Matt From an east belfast protestant

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Name: Paul

“I first had the pleasure of meeting Fr Matt when he was placed in our Parish in the early 70’s in Lenadoon. When he arrived he immediately got involved in the youth of the community doing everything he could for them, far and beyond what was ever expected of him and often at his own personal expense. One particular image I remember of him is stopping outside our house to talk to a 4 lads who were going up to the youth club at the top of the hill. There was already himself and 4 passengers in his new  orange Mitsubishi car but Fr Matt often found a solution to many a problem.. He squeezed a fourth lad into the back of the car the and opening the boot lid of the saloon car, told the other

3 lads to hop in! And off they went, such was the respect his community had for him. Whilst in hindsight and obviously now having the wisdom of adulthood would not recommend overloading a car or have passengers in the boot, it is an example of his selfless attitude throughout his life giving all he had to the communities he worked with in West Belfast.

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Name jacqueline Hawkins
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Gone but never forgotten Father, you were a true Gentleman. May you Rest in Peace xxx

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Name Mary Coe
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message On behalf of my mum Elizabeth Holden, sincere condolences to the family of Fr Matt. My mother held him in very high regard and looked on him as a friend as well as her parish priest. Rest in Peace

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Name Kevin Fisher
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message A true kind loving man who made us all feel special. Even now in your passing, as though like a final gift from you, I feel such a surge of spiritual energy in my Christian faith as I attend the services in your name. You will never be forgotten. A huge thank you for all that you’ve done. Rest in peace Fr. Matt Wallace ~ A Friend to all.

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Name Margaret O’ Connor Graham
Subject Fr Matt Wallace.
Message So sorry Matt, Jim and I were planning on visiting you in Aug/Sep this year. Going to see the Titanic Memorial. Matt sat behind me at Duncannon N/S. Visited us in Texas 1985 approx. See John Joe Donnelly was also in same class

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Name Maria Campbell
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message Fr Matt left this world on the Feast Day of The Sacred Heart. He had a very special heart and gave his heart and soul to the West Belfast Community for many years. My prayer is that you have found your serenity and you are now resting in peace. Life for you has changed not ended and when we see a beautiful sunset it will remind us that you are with your people always.

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Name Ryan
Subject Fr. Matt Wallace
Message Very sad to hear about Fr. Wallace, may he rest in peace.

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Name stephen mulhern
Subject father matt wallace
Message what a kind funny character, I have some good memories as a child as I grew up as a child in turf lodge. he also christened my child as a baby and im privliged to that he had the honour to do this. R.I.P father

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Name Marie simpson
Email  
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Father Matt 7 years ago you were largely responsible for me returning to my faith after losing it some years previously. For that alone I am eternally grateful to you. Although not from Turf Lodge parish I attended and loved hearing your masses each week. You were unique – a lovely, kind human being and you will be so sorely missed. Rest in peace, you served us so well.

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Name Rosie@Martin McCann
Subject Fr. Matt Wallace
Message A great priest, and a true gentleman, he will be sorely missed. May the angels bring him to his Heavenly home,R. I. P.

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Name Marian O’Neill nee Morgan
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message A great man who gave so much of himself. He was a great source of strength to us all in our times of need. We will be forever grateful and eternally indebted to him for all his love, support and compassion. Our love and prayers go with him. May he rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus. God Bless.

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Seamus ,Emma and Walsh family
 
Father matt Wallace
You touched so many hearts , you made so many friends you will hopefully look down on us now and understand exactly what you meant to the hundreds of people whose lives you touched. Rest in peace father will always be in the prayers and thoughts of the many who are devasted at the loss of such a wonderful man who always had a smile and a joke to tell .

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Name Cathy Megahey
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message God bless Fr Matt. So sorry to hear of his passing. Such a gentleman, a priest who knew practically everyone he met by name and had a genuine interest in his people. Thinking of your family also at this time, in our prayers always. RIP. from Raymond and Cathy Megahey

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Name Mark & Pauline Livingstone
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Such a wonderful giving and kind man. You always had a smile and a great sense of humour. You were what a priest should be – real and in touch with all his people. The queues outside the chapel say it all, you are loved, Father Matt. Rest in peace

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Name Eileen
Subject Fr Matt Wallace.
Message A lovely man, time for everyone. Highly thought of by my mother and the rest of the family. He brought my mother communion and always had time for a chat with her and the rest of us. He always took an active part in the Turf Lodge community and further afield. He will be remembered fondly for his 20 minute mass and running out soon after for his ciggy and a chat with everyone. He will never be forgotten and leaves behind some lovely memories. RIP fr Matt. The peoples priest.

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Name Andersonstown News
Subject Fr.Matt Wallace
Message Very sad news about Fr Wallace,a great priest, great man, great community worker, leader. A truly great inspiration to us all. From the staff at the Andersonstown News in Belfast. R.I.P

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Name Jim Magee
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message May you be at peace in heaven Matt, your served your people well.. RIP..

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Name Clare
Subject Fr. Wallace
Message A true gentleman who will be sorely missed by all. RIP xx

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Name: Chucker Tolan 111

“RIP MATE,,,YOU WERE A TRUE LEGEND IN HEART N SOUL..PELLIGRINO AND BIANCO BE WITH YOU,,SADLY MISSED BY THE TOLAN CLANN”

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Name Noel & Anna Brownlee
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message One of life’s true gentlemen, a great self-less giant of a man. An example to all that met him. we have lost a wonderful friend. Our condolences to his family at this sad time. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. RIP.

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Name charley morrison
Subject Father matt wallace
Message Rest in peace Father Matt,you were not only a priest in to our community in turflodge but you were a true friend as well and you will be sorely missed by the Morrison family Monagh road

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Name Sinéad (McCrudden) Burns
Subject Rev Father Matt Wallace
Message A wonderful priest and an amazing person who helped me and my family through very difficult times.You touched so many hearts and we will never forget you. From the McCrudden family(formerly of Ardmonagh Gardens). You are home now. Rest in Peace Fr Matt.

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sally phillips
 
father matt wallace
father matt your going to be sorely missed by everyone that knew you and you touched the hearts of so many people gone but will never be forgotten rest easy with the angels youve truly got the wings you desevered xx

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Name Rosetta
Subject Rev Fr Matt Wallace
Message Heaven has gained our angel! R.I.P. Fr Matt!

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Name Sabrina McVeigh
Subject Fr Matt
Message You were an amazing priest you help so many of our Communitys youth through their dark periods and sought professional help for them, I was proud to know and help you with this, rip Matt, 1 in a million always went above and beyond xxx

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Name Ann M Ritchie
Subject Rev Fr Matt Wallace
Message May you rest in peace, Thanks for everything XX You touched my life and heart,We will Never forget you, YOU did Gods work XX so now its time for you to ENJOY GODS PAY! goodbye my Friend.

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Name Susan Doran
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message Still can’t take it in that you are gone a true gentleman and a great character, thank you for all you done for my family over the years will miss our we chats and Craic out the back, gone but will never be forgotten rest in peace father Matt x

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Name Betty Brown
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Rest in peace Father Matt. cant believe you are gone. thoughts and prayers are with your family , friends and the parish of Holy Trinity

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Name Danny Short
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message A true legend who touched the lives of thousands. Fr Matt you will be sorely missed. Thank you for your support, guidance and friendship.

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Name Seamus Mc Guinness
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message May God in His kindness grant you the Peace and Joy of eternal hapinness. May He show to you, what you showed to all, that is love kindness and mercy. You will be missed by all. From the Mc Guinness Family, Galway, formally of Ard Monagh Gdns, Turf Lodge. May you Rest in Peace.

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Name Kevin lennon
Subject Fr. Matt Wallace
Message RIP Fr Matt Wallace a selfless Priest and a fantastic person who always has time for young people, also a keen advocate of our young boxers. Sadly missed by Kevin Lennon, Newcastle Co Down

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Name Geraldine Hughes
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Father Wallace there will never be anyone like you. Heaven just got lucky. I hope you are now at peace and resting and can feel the love of the countless people who’s lives you touched and made better. With profound sadness. Geraldine Hughes NYC

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Name Denise Emery
Subject Fr. Matt Wallace
Message I am so saddened to hear that Fr. Matt has passed away. He gave so much of his time and genuinely cared for people especially the youth. His ministry touched many lives, and I will never forget how he influenced mine as a teenager in the late 70’s. RIP Fr. Matt and Thank You. Denise USA

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Name Jim and Pauline McNeilly
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message We will miss you, we were so shocked to hear of your passing. You were a true friend to so many and you will never be forgotten

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Name The Ramsey Family
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message We are just so sad to hear of Fr Matt’s passing. He was everything a priest should be and more he was a friend. Our sympathy and prayers go to his family. RIP Fr Matt you will be missed by everyone

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Name Patricia Rea
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message There are no words to explain or describe the sudden passing of Fr Matt, he will be missed a large void in all of our hearts, God take care of his Mummy, watch over our parish

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Name Gerard McCabe
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Matt it was a privilege to have you not only as our priest for the last 20 years but also a personal friend you helped me more than you ever knew Matt you were an inspiration to the young of Turf lodge you always done the best Turf lodge would be nothing if we never had you here Matt we will love an miss you always rip mate

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Name Hugh P McLarnon
Subject Father Matthew Wallace
Message Why ?

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Name Ted & Pat Rooney
Subject Father Matt
Message Having first meet Father Matt when he first came to Oliver Plunkett were he is still held in the highest regard it is with deepest regret that on behalf of the family we offer our sincere condolences to his family and parishoners, there loss will be hard to replace, Fr Matt it was a pleasure to have meet you may you rest in peace

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Name Ciaran Curley
Subject Rev Father Matt Wallace
Message This is a tribute to a giant of a man who will never be forgotten. I will pray for you everyday of my life. You gave every little bit of your being for the good of your fellow people and in particular the people of your beloved west Belfast. You should be celebrated for your intuition,integrety and positive regard for every life you lightening and many you did. If only you realised how much you were loved, admired and looked up to. Your no nonsense approach to your ministry is what made you the man you were. There will never be another like you. Thank you for everything you did for me and my family. My wedding day will not be the same without you. So R.I.P Matt you deserve the rest more than anybody. The true priest, the peoples priest, our Matt Wallace. We love you.

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Name Joanne Connolly
Subject Father Matt Wallace
Message Father Wallace was an absolute gentleman and he always provided great care and kindness for my family when he was curate in Saint Oliver Plunkett. The parish was never the same after he left. I have many happy memories of him in primary school and in the chapel. May he rest in peace.

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Name John Joe Donnelly
Subject Fr Matt Wallace
Message I would like to offer our condolences & heartfelt sympathy to the Wallace Family. Fr Matt was my best friend during our school years in Duncannon, Co Wexford in the 1950s. I will always remember you Fr Matt as a very good friend & also for all the good times we had together when we were children. You were a shining example of all that was good in a person & you will be missed so very much by everyone that you came into contact with. Rest in Peace Fr Matt in the Arms of Jesus.

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Name: Peter Maguire

“I will always cherish my childhood memories of you Matt.  I will miss you my friend, you did so much for us all.”

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Name: Marianne Dempsey

“Fr Wallace was a true family friend who gave his life selflessly to help others without question or judgement. He was a living saint who walked among us. He is now at peace watching over us all- smiling as always I’m sure.

Never more than a thought away x”

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Name: Smart family

“The Smart family are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Father Matt Wallace. Matt was an extremely kind man who was totally devoted to his parishioners and gave generously of his time to the sick.  He will be greatly missed but his memory will live on in the hearts of those fortunate to have known him.”

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Philomena Magee Wrote:

“Our Community has not only lost their Parish Priest, they have also lost their best friend. Fr.Matt has touched our hearts and will be greatly missed. May you and Gods angels watch over us, because we are sure you are with him today.”

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Sinead Walker (nee) Watson  Wrote.

“Thank you for always being so kind. I will never forget how nice you always were to me and that party you took myself and many other children to. You have gone to your reward and nobody deserves it more.

You truly are one in a million.”

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 Gerry McCann Wrote:

Fr Matt was a true friend of the people his passing has left a huge void not just in his beloved west Belfast but also of  those he touched with his compassion and understanding, that he was always there at your side.

He was central too all but none more than former Nazareth Lodge Boys , he had a place in his heart. I and many thank god we had the privilege to be part of his life as he was of ours. He was my soul mate for over forty years, I shall miss him immensely.

God Bless you Fr Matt and thank you for all you have done rest in peace.

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Kellie and Paddy Wrote:

“Our thoughts and prayers go to Fr Matt,, we will miss not seeing you in the gym, Such a great priest and a good friend. He will be sorely missed”

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Mackers Wrote:

I just wanted to record my condolences to the family of Father Matt Wallace who has died. Matt above all was a fantastic human being who gave so much to the people of West Belfast. He was down to earth and never in your face as far as his religious beliefs were. Although I have no such religious feelings you could not but admire Matt in his. He was the epitome of a worker priest. He was a roll up your sleves and get in there no nonsense man.

He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of either knowing him or meeting him. Yesterday was a sad day for the people of West Belfast, they have lost one of their own adopted sons. Beir bua.

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MESSAGES FROM PEOPLES FACEBOOK

 

Karen O’halloran  USA

While I don’t usually post or participate in personal or sensitive postings on FB I feel this time is the exception. I have lived in America for the past 22 years but don’t let a year pass without visiting home. I grew up and my parents still live in Gransha Rise (which opens on to the Church Grounds) Fr Matt played an instrumental role in my passage to the US while he was still in St Peters on the Falls so I was delighted to hear that a few years later he was our Parish priest in Holy Trinity. It was a great bonus to be home and met with an extra hug on the street. Like I said, it’s unusual for me to comment on FB but my heart has been heavy since hearing the news. I have taken comfort in reading all the tributes from the people of Turf Lodge. I made a few calls yesterday from Florida all the way to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to share the tragic news of Matts passing so, I suppose I’m writing this to let the community know that our hearts are aching all over the world. I prayed last night to God and Matt that he had even a small clue how much he was respected and loved. For one man to have such an effect of so many people in so many ways speaks volumes. I only hope now that Turf lodge honors him by ‘paying it forward’ everything he brought and taught our community. Do him proud! Rest in peace Fr Wallace. X
Karen ‘O’ – USA

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Maria McGoran

So many memories and happy family occasions shared with this wonderful gentleman. I hope he knows how much he touched all of our lives. Rest in peace Fr Matt. You will always be remembered and prayed for by the Marley family.

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Paul Gibson Sr.

Just need to say a few words about fr Matt. After movin to Lenadoon for a few years i got to learn about the great things Matt was doin for the Lenadoon community above n beyond the call of duty. I remember in flyin rd the estate in hiss car with young lads in his car so they would hopefully stay away from joyridin. I also know of occassions the kids used to knock his door n ask him for a lend of his video recorder n he would oblidge n let them take it into there own homes which helped to keep them of the streets. Being in his company on a few occasions he always made me feel at ease n that he was just one of the lads. This was the true nature of the man. A man who unselfishly gave his whole self. Who cared n shared. This is the man who has to b commended for everything that he has done for the people he came in contact with. We thank you fr Wallace our parish priest!! We thank Matt our friend. God bless you!!!

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Joe McCool

I remember going to Matt a few years back for my passport renewal and got having a yarn as he did. We talked for ages until he asked was i working , i told him i was at university doing an Irish language and literature degree , just as i finished he broke into full blown irish with me . From then on in i only used Irish with him snd not many people knew of his love for his native tongue. I said ” Matt is there any chance you could come to St James and bless the new house I’d just got he replied ” cinnte Joe ” i wiil surely . That was 12 years ago , he never got to come down and every time we met he’d say ” caithfidh mé cuairt a thabhairt go teach s’ agstsa, labharfaidh mé le Annie ( my mum) faoi ” I’ll have to get down to your house , sure I’ll speak to Annie about it . Just one of the happy times we had together. I hope he’s watching over my house and the blessing is knowing he’s there :'( im heartbroken and in disbelief. Slán a chara

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Cash Greene

Just been reading all the posts written about Father Matt. Each and everyone one of them talk about what he did for them (even if it was only getting them out of mass after 20 mins 🙂 ). He truly was an inspiration to so many people and I hope the people of turf lodge can organise something to show how much we care and will miss this very special man. I went down to the chapel last night to light a candle for him and there was a man in a suit standing crying. I asked him was he ok and he said he had just arrived after an hour and a half private taxi journey upon hearing the sad news. He then went on to tell me was in fact a changed person and it was all down to Matt. He met him whilst doing community service at the chapel, and with the support and guidance of Matt went back to school and eventually with Matt as one of his references went onto University. He said his life was one he never would have imagined and it was Matt that showed him there was more to life than being a “scum bag”. I had to share this story as I believe it sums Matt up. He was our Parish Priest, but so much more than that, he was a neighbour, a friend, a counsellor a champion for the people and above all a legend to the people of turf lodge. May his soul rest in peace for he truly deserves it.

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Catherine Mc Laughlin

Father Matt Wallace you will be sadly missed by the people of turf lodge who thought the world of you a true gentle man with a heart of gold loved by one and all this day has brought shock and sadness to r community so hard to take in that you are gone
you were there for every one especially the sick you never missed a day with your wee visit,s you had a great sense of humour you brightened up a dull day a pleasure to meet you in the street you never passed by with out saying hello and a friendly hand shake you were one of the best and its so hard to take in the loss of a wonderful priest things just wont be the same with out you but your memories will remain deep with in our hearts we will remember all the good times and the laughter we all shared with you we the people of turf lodge are thankful for giving us 20 wonderful years well spent with a wonderful caring loving priest like yourself we got only the best and now we have lost that we can carry on but the loss of you is hard to bear may you r i p from the McDonald family monagh dr he is gone but never forgotten death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal we will always miss you all your friends for ever

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Kieran Cunningham


Just heard the news that fr Matt Wallace has passed away, very sad day for the folks of Turf Lodge, I brought my family home from Canada 8yrs ago and had Fr Wallace baptized my daugther, spend some time talking to him, great sence of humour, made us all feel like we hadn’t left Turf.
Once outside he said ” Do you have any off those Canadian cigarettes”
Thanks Fr Wallace !

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Annette Stacey Ellis

I’m from
Co Wexford and I know Fr Matt through my daughter who is married to his nephew, I met him a few times and he was always a lovely man so sad to hear of his passing, it is lovely to read all the lovely comments about him. RI P Fr Matt

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FUNERAL HOMILY FOR FATHER MATT WALLACE PP

 HOLY TRINITY PARISH

TUESDAY JUNE 11TH 2013

Looking at such a large crowd gathered here today, I know what Matt’s first thought would have been – this is too good a chance not to pass the basket round! No one, we know could ask for money or fund raise like he could. This beautiful and much admired church of which he was so proud was free from debt within a few years of its construction because of that amazing skill and thanks also of course because of the generosity of this great parish and community of Holy Trinity and Turf Lodge who gave him such love and loyalty, most wonderfully expressed in the vast number of people who have come to pay their respects and pray for him these past 24 hours.

Much has been said or written in the books of condolence over the past four days that have sought to give voice to what so many people thought of him; but one quote remains in my mind, said about him by a person unknown to me to another priest, at a time shortly before Bishop Walsh sent me as his curate in 1998, that person asked him “do you know Fr Matt?” he replied “no, not really,” they stated, “he reminds me of Jesus, he treats everyone the same.” Over the five privileged years I worked alongside him, I recalled and saw how true those words were. On a personal level I know with his example and guidance I grew up both as a man and as a priest in this parish and I will be forever in his debt for his friendship that began during those years which we maintained since I went to work as a chaplain in the RVH in 2003.

What finer words could be said about a priest, especially on the day of his funeral than he reminds me of Jesus? However what we are gathered here today to commemorate and reflect on is not solely the priestly life of Fr Matt, but also the priesthood itself. We must acknowledge the difficulties of contemporary priestly life; that demands and expectations are increasing despite fewer in our ranks and less vocations; that more of our parishes will have to be amalgamated and the unrealistic dream that we can maintain the same level of service from when most parishes where served by 2 or more priests. This creates many problems; there are no easy solutions and more priests face burnout and struggle with loneliness and the reality that in a sense, that we belong to everyone and to no one, even though we have the positive and affirming love of families, friends and parishioners. It is not that we as priests feel we have made the wrong choice in our way of life, though some do feel that way; it is that a life of service in a bruised and wounded church can be challenging and is both physically and mentally demanding. It is a hard truth and one that cannot be denied or dismissed and for some it has become intolerable or very difficult to bear.

Fr Matt struggled with all these issues and it was painful for his family and all who loved him to see him weakened and dispirited, especially so for someone we regarded as strong in the best sense of that word, someone who always attended to the needs, worries and troubles of others with little regard for his own. Generosity lies at the heart of the priesthood but often a high price is paid for such an ideal and sometimes it can bring you to a bleak and difficult place; St John of the Cross called it the dark night of the soul, where even the faith that is the foundation of our lives as Christians and priests can fail or seem inadequate. Benedict XVI similarly, reflecting on his eight years of service as pope said that at times he felt God did not seem to be listening. St Teresa of Avila expressed it with more gentleness and humour when she said to God, “no wonder you have so few friends when you treat them so badly!”

Like St Teresa, humour was the one thing that Matt didn’t lose; it was one of his most endearing qualities and he possessed his own unique brand that at times caused him to say and do the most outrageous and hilarious things; mostly it was a mix of nervous energy and impatience that not even 60-80 cigarettes a day could calm that caused these amusing outbursts and that is what we loved and found so endearing about him. He may have been slightly or occasionally irreverent, but never ever was he cruel; much of that humour and comedy came as result of his distinct way of work and getting things done that at all times were for the welfare and empowerment of parishioners. Whilst in St Peter’s he got engaged in many schemes for job creation and providing facilities for the area, one of these was Cathedral Community Services, the committee needed more space and wished to move into spare accommodation in St. Comgall’s School, when the committee asked if this could happen, Matt suggested writing a letter to the chairman of the Board of Governors. Within a day they had a positive reply, not the usual bureaucratic response, they were suspicious and asked “who is the Chair, “that’s me!” he told them. Only Matt cold write a letter to himself on one set of headed note paper and answer it on another!

Perhaps not surprisingly the Department of Education were not pleased, but Matt refused to budge, people needed facilities and he wouldn’t let anything prevent them from having them. His was a practical pastoral plan, a model of Church and parish that was firmly grounded in action and getting things done that made a real an immediate change in peoples lives. It made him an attractive and engaging priest that could involve everyone in local parish and community life regardless of either their love of or hostility to the Church.

He never missed an opportunity to get some new scheme up and running, here in Turf Lodge we have the fruits of that ability, his famous shops at the top of this street, the church I have already mentioned; there is also the youth and boxing club, Gort Na Mona GAA club, Holy Trinity School, all have benefitted from his Midas touch, that have helped to create a well resourced and confident community. He would even have been willing to help out in Poland I think! Visiting Wadowieze where Pope John Paul II was born he was appalled  at the lack of commercial exploitation, he thought having a Pope born and baptised in your parish and not making money out of it was a missed opportunity that he for one would not have wasted !

Over the years he co- founded Bredagh GAA and was a president of Lambh Derg GAA; from sporting to social, pastoral and spiritual provisions, wherever he worked he always wanted the best for people, especially youth organisations; how fitting that so many are present here today, especially the school choir recalling the day they sang at the opening of this church on December 10 2000. This was the parish Jubilee project, suitably ambitious and even more remarkable built and opened in 10 months. I think those here in the parish will recall some the antics that made it possible, some of which Bishop Walsh only heard about at the 10th anniversary mass in 2010!

Whatever Matt set his sights on he always achieved that is why it was so sad that he couldn’t manage to solve that which plagued his mind, despite the help he sought and received and sincerely tried to make work. The one consolation that family and all here take comfort from is that he is at peace in the way that God’s word expresses in today’s readings, The Book of Wisdom assures us that whatever troubles us in this world is safely removed in the next and that grace and mercy await us. The second reading from Revelation, speaks of a world renewed and transformed; these notions can seem a bit abstract, but the Gospel from St John is a little more real, here Christ speaks of a house of many rooms, (I hope one of them is for smoking in!) Matt for some reason always used this Gospel at every funeral he celebrated and that is why we selected this passage for his funeral too.  I know he was a person of routine, but I feel that maybe there was something more than habit when he read it, something must have struck him about it. It is a beautiful image: heaven as a happy multi- roomed space that accommodates everyone. This image is particularly real and consoling if like Matt you had the blessing of a happy house and home and childhood. Even though he lived in Belfast longer than his native Kilbride, Duncannon, Co Wexford, he was proud of and never forgot his home, family and especially his late mother Anne whose death in 2001 was a heavy cross for him. His memories of her, his late father Phil and home made this Gospel idea of heaven as home not merely an image but a place to seek and one day find and enjoy; we pray with hope that his quest is over and he now enjoys the rest he sought and so richly deserves.

I began with an anonymous quote; let us remember him with a final one which I know for certain who said it. It comes from an unexpected source, a1980’s Tory Government minister, who was a difficult man to impress, Richard Needham. In his autobiography he referred to having met and dealt with Matt and described him as “the extraordinary West Belfast priest.” I can’t really think of any better way to describe him or any other way that he would wish to be remembered.

Fr Thomas McGlynn

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The Irish Times

Fr Matt Wallace, who has died tragically, was a Wexford man who gave selflessly of himself to his adopted home city of Belfast. He ministered there for more than 40 years, almost entirely in west Belfast.

That ministry covered many of the most marginalised. He worked with young people involved in anti-social behaviour, with those at risk of suicide, and in supporting families bereaved by suicide.

Prison crisis
For the past 20 years he was parish priest of Holy Trinity. The core of this parish was the Turf Lodge estate, which suffered greatly from the Troubles, unemployment and deprivation. He lived in the middle of the estate, was part of the community and a regular in the GAA club’s bar. He was active in the development of Holy Trinity boxing club and Gortnamona GAA club.

Fr Wallace’s ministry in west Belfast included the years of the H Block prison crisis. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he defied rules during pastoral visits to smuggle cigarettes and sweets to prisoners on the dirty protest. Recipients included prisoners who made it clear they had left the Catholic Church.

His ministry also included the years of the child abuse scandal in the church.

At its height, the bishops issued a letter to be read at Sunday Masses.

Fr Wallace instead told the congregation “if you are really interested in what bishops are saying you can read it for yourselves. We all know what the bishops should do. They should clear all this up. And if they are not prepared to do this then they should resign.”

Life in Belfast
Matthew Wallace was born in May 1943, in Duncannon, Co Wexford, the fourth of nine children to Phil Wallace, a farmer, and his wife Anne (née O’Shea). After primary schooling locally, he received secondary education at St Peter’s College in Wexford: then studied for the priesthood in the college’s seminary.

He was ordained in May 1970 for the Diocese of Ferns, and seconded to the Diocese of Down and Connor. With the exception of a few months in 1973-4, he spent the rest of his life in Belfast. The stress and overwork of those years took their toll, and his health failed last year.

He is survived by his sisters Kathleen, Bridget, Marie and Eileen: and brothers Jamesy, Willie and Bernard. His cousin, Mick Wallace, is a TD for Wexford. He was predeceased by his brother Joe.

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