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Remembering Former Parish Priest (1988 - 2007) Fr. John Ryder
Tuesday 2nd June, 1931 - Sunday 12th December, 2021

It is with the greatest sadness that I have to announce that Bishop McKeown has shared the news of the death of our beloved former Parish Priest Fr. John Ryder this morning (Sunday 12th December), he was 90 years old.

May the God who began the good work through him bring it to fulfilment. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Fr. Eddie Gallagher PP

Tuesday 2nd June, 1931 in Ture, Iskaheen, Co. Donegal

Sunday 17th June, 1956 in Maynooth

Ture National School
St. Columb’s College, Derry
St. Patrick’s College Maynooth

1956-7 - On loan to Diocese of Brentwood
1957-77 - Teacher at St. Columb’s College, Derry
1977-88 - CC Malin Head
1988-2007 - PP Greencastle

Retired to Derry

Saturday 17th June, 2006 Fr. John J. Ryder is joined by Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan, Bishop Edward Daly, Fr. Francis Bradley, Fr. Francis Murray, Fr. James McCrory at St. Patrick's Church on the day of his Golden Jubilee.   Saturday 17th June, 2006 Fr. John J. Ryder with Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan and Bishop Edward Daly on the day of his Golden Jubilee.

Saturday 18th August, 2007 Fr. John J. Ryder P. Em, Fr. Mark Monaghan SMA (native of Omagh and missionary in Nigeria, West Africa), Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan, Fr. Eugene Hasson and Monsignor Danny Monaghan SMA (native of Omagh and missionary in Nigeria, West Africa) at the installation of Fr. Hasson as 12th Parish Priest of Greencastle.   Wednesday 9th August, 2015 Fr. Eddie Gallagher, Fr. Eugene Hasson and Fr. John J. Ryder on the evening of the Way of the Cross dedication in St. Patrick's Church Cemetery.

Wednesday 9th August, 2015 A donation of the Stations to Greencastle Parish for the Way of the Cross dedication were made by tne Loreto Sisters.    

Fr. John J. Ryder with Fr. Joe O'Connor P.Em Badoney Upper (Plumbridge and Cranagh) and Fr. Joe Nangle OFM

Wednesday 1st September, 2010 Fr. Eugene Hasson, Fr. John J. Ryder, Bishop Daly and Monsignor Joseph Donnelly on their way to Broughderg for the Silver Jubilee celebration in Our Lady of the Wayside Church.   May, 2016 Derry Diocesan Priests' Retreat at SMA Conference Centre Dromantine a few weeks before Fr. John J. Ryder's Diamond Jubilee in Priesthood (he was ordained Sunday 17th June 1956)