The death has taken place of the former Bishop of Galway, Dr James McLaughlin.

He retired last July after 12 years in office and was 76.

His successor, Bishop Martin Drennan said he was deeply saddened and shocked by the news and that the late bishop was deeply loved and admired by the people and priests of his native city and diocese.

Dr Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, also paid tribute to the late Bishop James McLoughlin.

He said Bishop McLoughlin was a gentle and humble man who radiated great joy, friendship and happiness to all whom he met.

His appointment as Bishop of Galway was announced by Pope John Paul II, on 10 February 1993.

Dr James McLaughlin retired as Bishop of Galway and Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora on 3 July 2005.