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Tributes paid as retired Bishop of Killala dies

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Tributes paid as retired Bishop of Killala dies


Edwin McGreal

The former Bishop of Killala, Bishop Thomas Finnegan, has died. Bishop Finnegan died on Christmas morning at the age of 86. He has been remembered by his successor, Bishop John Flemming, as a man who had a ‘great love’ for the diocese of Killala, which he served as bishop from 1987 to 2002.
“For fifteen years Bishop Finnegan guided the diocese of Killala with exceptional care, genuine wisdom and great love. He will be remembered for the many imaginative pastoral initiatives which he began, as well as for the contribution he made in the area of the development of the west of Ireland, the care of emigrants and the progress of Catholic education,” said Bishop Flemming.
A native of County Roscommon, Thomas Anthony Finnegan succeeded Bishop Thomas McDonnell and was ordained Bishop of Killala in St Muredach’s Cathedral in Ballina in July 1987. He was ordained a priest at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1951. He became parish priest of Roscommon and in 1985 Vicar-General of Elphin Diocese. He was President of Summerhill College, Sligo, from 1966 to 1979 and was chairman of the Catholic Headmasters Association in the 1970s.
His remains reposed at St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina today (Tuesday) and Requiem Mass will take place at noon tomorrow (Wednesday). It will be presided over by the Primate of all Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady.