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Renowned academic, author, poet and publisher Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta has died.

Fr Breathneach, Marc Ó Sé, Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta & an tAthair Ó Cúimh at the Monsignor's 60th anniversary celebration of his ordiantion in An Díseart last Sunday. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

The Ballymore native had been a Professor of Irish in NUI Maynooth and was a famed linguist.

Monsignor Ó Fiannachta was also the founder of the third level institute in Dingle, An Díseart.

The Monsignor, who was in his late 80s, passed away in Dingle this morning.

Monsignor Padraig Ó Fiannachta meeting Pope Francis in Rome last November.

A past pupil of St Finian’s NS in Baile an Ghoilín, west of Dingle, Monsignor Ó Fiannachta went on study theology and Celtic studies in Maynooth.

Ordained in 1953,  he served in Wrexham Parish in Wales before his appointment of Professor of Old Irish and Welsh at Maynooth.

The Monsignor translated and edited the first modern Irish Catholic Bible – a year before the English version was completed in the early 1970s.

Parish appointments in Baile Bhúirne/Cúl Aodh and Glenflesk followed before he returned to Dingle as Canon in 1993.

In 1998 he was awarded the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II.

An author, editor and publisher of note, the Monsignor was first to complete the translation of St Augustine’s Confessions from Greek to Irish.

He presided over 44 volumes of Colmcille, edited over 280 editions of  An Sagart and was editor of Leabhair Maigh Nuad for over 40 years.

In his retirement he founded third level institute An Díseart in Dingle where students of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, USA now study.

In 2014 he travelled to Rome where he met Pope Francis, a man he described as a ‘kindred spirit’.