Fr Tony Coote was Parish Priest in the parish of Mount Merrion and Kilmacud in Dublin, Ireland,
where he lived since 2008. In July 2019, just months after being diagnosed with Motor
Neuron Disease, Tony organised and took part in Walk While You Can, a fundraising walk from
Letterkenny, County Donegal to Ballydehob, County Cork to raise money and awareness of the
disease. The walk of over 550 kilometres received national attention with Tony completing the journey in his wheelchair. In December 2018, Tony was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UCD for outstanding service to the community recognising the role he played with the now nationwide student-led mental health movement ‘Please Talk’, and for his work in setting up UCD Volunteer Overseas.
Fr Tony Coote passed away on the 28 August 2019, leaving behind him a legacy of friendship and love.