Cork-based priest leaves €1.2m in his will

Cork-based priest leaves €1.2m in his will Fr John Cotter

A Cork priest who died early last year left estate worth over €1m in his will.

Fr John Cotter, the former parish priest of St Patrick’s Church on Cork’s Lower Glanmire Road, died on  February 2, 2017, leaving a total estate of €1,160,008.

One of nine children, Fr Cotter was born in Rossmore, Co. Cork, and ordained in June 1963.

His first two years of priesthood were spent in the US diocese of Savannah, Georgia, before returning to his home diocese of Cork and Ross, where he became chaplain to the Sisters of Mercy, Schull, before moving to Caheragh as curate.

Over the following years he served as chaplain to St Finnbarr’s Hospital and as director of the Cork Marriage Advisory Council, as well as working in several parishes including Passage West, Kinsale, Goleen, Uibh Laoire and Monkstown, becoming parish priest at St Patrick’s in 2005.

He retired from his duties as parish priest in 2008, but continued to assist in the parish following his retirement.