Former Bishop of Killala dies aged 86

Monday 26 December 2011 21.22
Sligo General Hospital where Bishop Finnegan died
Sligo General Hospital where Bishop Finnegan died

The former Bishop of Killala Bishop Thomas Finnegan has died aged 86.

A native of Co Roscommon, Bishop Finnegan served as Bishop of Killala from 1987 until 2002.

His funeral mass will take place on Wednesday at St Muredach's Cathedral in Ballina.

In a statement, the current Bishop of Killala John Fleming said: "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 in the diocese 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."