The priest and writer, Fr Colm Kilcoyne, has died at his home in Castlebar, Co Mayo.

He was aged in his late 80s.

Fr Kilcoyne served in several parishes in the Tuam Catholic Archdiocese and was known nationally as a columnist in The Sunday Press and subsequently in The Sunday Tribune in the 1980s and 1990s.

He also wrote several books and presented radio programmes on a number of local stations in the west.

He was in Parish Priest of the Cong parish, before he retired in 2009.

Fr Kilcoyne will be laid to rest in Castlebar at the weekend.