Communities across the region are mourning the loss of retired Galway priest Canon Kevin Early, who has passed away at the age of 79.

The Ballymoe native was a teacher and served as principal of Summerhill College in County Sligo for a number of years and also had a brief stint as principal of St. Mary’s College Boyle.

He served as parish priest for Milltown after his ordination in 1965 and was parish priest of Frenchpark until his retirement in 2015.

The Galway man passed away in Drumderrig Nursing Home in Boyle on Wednesday.

Canon Early will lie in private repose at The Sharkey Funeral Home, Frenchpark.

His remains will be removed to St. Asicus’ Church, Frenchpark tomorrow for Concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon followed by interment in Oran cemetery via Ballymoe.

The mass will be relayed on farewellfilms.ie and a memorial mass for the repose of his soul will be offered at a later date.

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