Updated: 22/05/18 : 05:38:42
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Funeral this afternoon of Bishop Christy Jones

THE FUNERAL of Christy Jones, retired Bishop of Elphin, takes place this afternoon, Tuesday.

Today’s funeral can be viewed on the worldwide web at:-

Today’s Requiem Mass ceremony is due to commence at 1.30pm with burial to follow later in the Cathedral grounds.

Last night the remains of Bishop Jones arrived at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Kevin Doran thanked all those, volunteers and staff, who had cared for Bishop Christy in his illness since Christmas.

Among the dIgnitaries paying tribute was Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

Compline, or prayer at the end of the day, was recited last night after an earlier social ‘get together’ in the Gillooly Hall.

Public Repose

Earlier, two days of public repose had seen several hundreds arrive at Saint Mary’s Presbytery in Temple Street to offer final respects.

Principal mourners at the funeral ceremonies are Bishop Jones sister, Sr Eileen RJM,  his sister in law Pauline, nephews and nieces.

In his weekend tribute, Bishop Kevin Doran recalled that since his retirement four years ago, Bishop Jones had lost four of his sisters.

Bishop Kevin Doran addressing the congregation at the Sligo Cathedral last night.

Half Century

Aged 82, Bishop Jones dies on Friday night last, the second youngest of a family,of eleven born to the late Christopher and Christina Jones.

Before retirement he had served as Bishop of Elphin from 1994 to 2014.

A native of Roscommon, Bishop Jones association with Sligo town stretched over half a century.

This included spells on the teaching staff of Summerhill College, heading up Sligo Social Service Council, diocesan Vocations Director and various voluntary roles. 

Untiring Work

Tributes continue to be paid online to a man whose death notice highlights his “untiring work for the underprivileged.”

Also praised were his skills as a lecturer, vocations director, preacher at Knock, Lourdes pilgrimage leader.

Bishop Doran’s personal tribute noted: “He put flesh on the Gospel through his care for, and friendship with, those who were poor and most at risk in our society.”

Sligo traditional singer and musician Carmel Gunning also added her tribute:-

“It was great knowing you. May you Rest In Peace. Condolences to all your family.”

See Sligo Today 21/5/2018 and Sligo Today 19/5/2018.