Former Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passes away

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Galway Daily news Former Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passes away

Former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan has passed away this weekend at the age of 78.

The Bishop Emeritus passed away on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the Diocese.

“It is with sadness that we announce the death this morning of Most Rev. Dr Martin Drennan, Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus.”

“We remember him in our prayers and offer our sympathy to his family and to all those who mourn his loss.”

Martin Drennan stepped down as Bishop in 2016 after just over a decade at the post, and was succeeded by Brendan Kelly.

Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Martin Drennan was ordained as a priest in 1968, serving the parishes of St. Mary’s Cathedral, and later Ballycallan.

He spent more than two decades teaching, both in Ireland and in Rome, where he headed the Irish College for five years in the 80s.

Drennan was first appointed Bishop of Galway in 2005 following the retirement of his predecessor Bishop James McLoughlin, and served until his retirement after 11 years on the job.

The diocese has said that funeral arrangements will be announced later.