Following the death this afternoon of Bishop Eamonn Casey, Bishop Emeritus of Galway and Kilmacduagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin issued the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that I learned today of the death of Bishop Eamonn Casey. I wish to sincerely acknowledge the contribution of Bishop Casey to the work of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference over twenty-three years during his time as Bishop of Kerry and as Bishop of Galway.
“Bishop Casey was a long-serving member of the standing committee of the Bishops’ Conference and, in 1973, was one of the founder members of its overseas development agency Trócaire. Bishop Casey’s inspirational leadership of Trócaire pioneered a very significant pastoral outreach from this country towards the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while at the same time he energetically raised awareness of overseas development issues at home in Ireland. Bishop Casey led Trócaire as its chairman until his resignation in 1992. Bishop Casey also contributed to the planning of the successful 1979 apostolic pilgrimage to Ireland of Pope Saint John Paul II. Both as priest and bishop, Bishop Casey’s ministry on behalf of Irish emigrants is well known and was of immense significance in particular to the Irish in Britain.”
“At this sad time for Bishop Casey’s family, and for the dioceses of Kerry and Galway, I invite the faithful to pray for the repose of Bishop Casey’s soul. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”.