Thousands are expected to attend the Funeral Mass of the former Bishop of Galway, Eamonn Casey, at Galway Cathedral this afternoon at 2pm.
The Kerry native passed away, aged 89, on Monday in Carrigoran Nursing Home, Co. Clare.
Formerly Bishop of Kerry, Bishop Casey became Bishop of Galway in July 1976, following the retirement of Bishop Michael Brown after 39 years as Bishop.
Over the next sixteen years Bishop Casey worked to ensure that the Diocese of Galway responded to a significant growth in the urban population. He dedicated new churches in Barna, Quirke Road, Headford Road, Ballybane, Maree and Knocknacarra as well as his particular favourite – the Chapel of Saint Columbanus, adjacent to the campus of the then-UCG.
Perhaps the highlight of his time in Galway was his organising and hosting the visit of Pope John Paul II to the city on 30 September, 1979, which was attended by 300,000 young people from all over Ireland.
Bishop Casey resigned as Bishop of Galway in May, 1992 following disclosures that in 1974, as Bishop of Kerry, he fathered a son, Peter, with American woman Annie Murphy.
Subsequently Bishop Casey worked as a missionary priest with the Society of Saint James in Ecuador until 1998 when he returned to parish ministry in the Diocese or Arundel and Brighton in the south of England.
In 2006 he came home to live in Shanaglish, near Gort, Co. Galway and subsequently at Carrigoran Nursing Home in Co Clare in 2011 where he passed away on Monday.
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