Updated: 21/05/18 : 06:18:24
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Further tributes paid to late Bishop Jones

FURTHER TRIBUTES have been paid to Christy Jones, retired Bishop of Elphin who died Friday night, aged 82.

Bishop Jones remains will lie in further public repose from 12 noon to 6pm at Saint Mary’s Presbytery, Temple Street, today, Monday.

Bishop Jones remains will be removed to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 8pm tonight,  Monday.

Online tributes emerged late Friday night and early Saturday following the Bishop death. See link below.

Poignant further online tribute was added over the weekend by Joe McGowan, the noted north Sligo historian and author.

Took Wheel

He recalled Bishop Jones celebrating Mass on Innismurray Island and published a picture from the 2004 event.

Said McGowan: “Bishop Christy took the wheel and steered the boat all the way to the island, and back — with a childish delight I might add.  

“It must have been a rare taste of freedom for him, away from the onerous responsibilities at home,” mused McGowan.

        Bishop Jones celebrating Mass on Innismurray. Photo: Joe McGowan / sligoheritage.com

Online Tributes

Hundreds of tributes and personal messages have now been written online, thanking Bishop Jones for all his Sligo years.

Sligo County Council members Gino O’Boyle recalled the kindness of the late Bishop to his father, the late Cllr. Seamie O’Boyle.

Said Gino: “Unfortunate news about Bishop Christy Jones, he was very good to my father and family through the years. Rest In Peace.”

Wrote Mary Richardson “May the Lord reward him for including everyone in his fold. RIP Bishop Christy.”

Mary McKeown echoed the thoughts of many: “RIP Bishop Christy, you were a lovely man, your soul will live on forever.”

Giving Leadership

Tribute was also paid at Sunday Mass in the Cathedral by his successor Bishop Kevin Doran.

Bishop Doran praised “his reverence for the dignity of every human person especially reverence for the poor and those who are on the margins.

“We would also be aware of his courage in giving leadership on important questions,” said Bishop Doran.

Finally, weekly bingo in the Gillooly Hall — parish community centre for over a century — was postponed as a mark of respect last night.

Link: See Sligo Today 19/5/2018.