The well-known Jesuit, sociologist, and social justice activist Fr. Mícheál Mac Gréil will be laid to rest this afternoon in Aughavale Cemetery following Requiem Mass at one o’clock in St. Mary’s Church, Westport.
Large numbers of mourners from all over Ireland attended Cushlough Community Centre last evening (Wednesday) where the remains reposed from five o’clock until eight o’clock.
This was followed by removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Cushlough.
This morning (Thursday) the remains will be removed at half nine to St. Mary’s Church via Loughloon where Fr. Mícheál spent many years both as a young person and in adulthood.
The main celebrant of today’s funeral Mass will be Fr. Owen MacGréil, one of Fr. Micheál’s surviving brothers.
Dr. Michael Neary, former Archbishop of Tuam, will deliver the sermon and journalist Liamy McNally will give the eulogy.
Although Fr. Mac Gréil was born in County Laois, he considered himself a proud Mayo man, growing up and living in Loughloon for many years of his long life.
He passed away earlier this week at Mayo University Hospital in his 92nd year.