The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Bishop Martin Drennan.

Bishop Drennan served as the Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora from July 2005 until his retirement in 2016.

He passed away on Saturday, at the age of 78.

Archbishop Eamon Martin has expressed sympathy on the Bishop’s death.

He has described Bishop Drennan as “a quiet person by nature, a deeply spiritual, devoted and generous priest and bishop, who was widely respected for his piety, humility, intelligence and strength of character”. 

“Throughout his ministry”, Archbishop Martins says, “Bishop Drennan was held in affection by his students, parishioners, clergy and religious whom he sought to serve as priest, bishop and shepherd.

“He served as a member of the Irish Bishops’ Conference from 1997 until 2016, when he retired early due to ill health. Drawing from his experience as a former professor of scripture, his grasp of the power of God’s Word brought a depth and richness to his contributions to the work of the Bishops’ Conference”.

He extended sympathy to Bishop Drennan’s family and also to the parishioners and clergy in Galway and in his former diocese of Dublin. 

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis”.

Bishop Drennan will repose at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, Galway from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, tomorrow, Tuesday,  with funeral Mass at 1pm on Wednesday in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, Galway.

Interment will follow afterwards.




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