Northern Ireland

Funeral to be held for former Bishop of Clogher

Former Bishop of Clogher Liam MacDaid, who died on August 15 aged 78.
Former Bishop of Clogher Liam MacDaid, who died on August 15 aged 78.

THE funeral of the former Bishop of Clogher is to take place on Saturday following his death while on holiday in France.

Bishop Liam MacDaid, who served as the Bishop of Clogher from 2010 to 2016 when he retired on health grounds, died suddenly at the age of 78 on August 15.

Originally from Bundoran in Co Donegal, the senior cleric had previously served in the parish of Fivemiletown in Co Tyrone and was also president of St Macartan’s College in Monaghan from 1981 to 1989.

In 2002, he was appointed Chaplain of His Holiness by Pope John Paul II in recognition of his service to the church.

During his consecration as Bishop in 2010, he spoke of the child abuse scandal that had rocked the Catholic church in Ireland, stating: "Society has forced us in the Irish church to look into the mirror, and what we saw were weakness and failure, victims and abuse."

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Referring to the church's responsibility, he added: "We have been brought to our knees, but maybe that is no bad thing."

Following his death, current Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy said of his predecessor: "His devoted service to the Diocese will be long remembered."

The late former bishop's body will repose at St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan on Friday ahead of a Night Prayer service, before a funeral on Saturday and a burial in the cathedral grounds.