Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich died while on the annual Armagh diocesan pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes in France.
Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich (1923-1990) died in Toulouse, France, on 8 May 1990. The 66-year-old had a heart attack while on pilgrimage to Lourdes. He had been cardinal since 1979 and Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland since 1977. He was succeeded as archbishop and cardinal by Cardinal Cahal Daly.
In this radio interview with Pádraig Ó Raghallaigh, Ó Fiaich recalls his childhood in Northern Ireland. He attended the school at Cregganduff, where his father taught, and felt close to the Gaelic tradition of the area. His father encouraged his sons' interest in the Irish language, and sent the two brothers to the Rannafast Gaeltacht in Donegal every year. Ó Fiaich took a degree in Celtic Studies in St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
This radio interview was recorded in 1974, on the occasion of Ó Fiaich's appointments as president of Maynooth College.