A Trócaire box and family crests were among the symbols of Bishop Eamonn Casey’s life which were brought to the altar at his funeral this afternoon.
The mass was celebrated at Galway Cathedral by Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby and Bishop of Achonry Brendan Kelly.
Born in Firies, Eamonn Casey was ordained a priest in 1951 – he was appointed Bishop of Kerry 18 years later and Bishop of Galway in 1976.
He was seen as a progressive and highly influential member of the church, until his resignation in 1992, after reports surfaced of his relationship with American Annie Murphy – with whom he had his son, Peter.
In his introduction, Bishop John Kirby welcomed Irish President Michael D Higgins, whom he described as ‘an old friend’ of Bishop Casey.
He also paid tribute to the former Bishop of Kerry’s work on behalf of Irish emigrants:
Fr Dan O’Riordan travelled from Castleisland for Bishop Eamonn Casey’s funeral mass which he described as profound, peaceful and full of forgiveness.
He says ten Kerry priests travelled for the mass and at least 100 people from Kerry attended.
Fr O’Riordan explains how he thinks Bishop Casey will be remembered: