Primate pays tribute as retired bishop of Achonry dies aged 84

Archbishop Éamon Martin says Thomas Flynn had ‘reputation as a pastoral leader’

The death has taken place of the retired bishop of Achonry, Thomas Flynn (84).

He was born in Ballaghadereen, Co Roscommon in 1931 and was ordained a priest of the diocese in 1956. He served on the teaching staff of the local St Nathy's College and as its president.

He was bishop of the diocese of Achonry from 1977 to 2008 and also served as spokesman for the Episcopal Conference and later as spokesman on education.

Catholic primate Archbishop Éamon Martin said he was saddened to learn of his death.

“While his time at the Bishops’ Conference preceded mine, his reputation as a pastoral leader with a great love for Catholic education was known throughout Ireland,” he said.

His remains will be reposing in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and Saint Nathy’s from 6pm to 9pm tomorrow. His funeral Mass will be at 3pm on Saturday.