Media information for the funeral liturgy of the late Bishop Thomas Flynn RIP

05 Jun 2015

Please see below arrangements for the Funeral Mass of the Most Reverend Thomas Flynn RIP, Bishop Emeritus of Achonry.  Mass will be celebrated in tomorrow, Saturday 6 June 2015 at 3.00pm in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and Saint Nathy, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon in the Diocese of Achonry.  An Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny TD will be represented at the Funeral Mass by his Aide-de-Camp Commadant Kieran Carey.  Details are as follows:


Chief Celebrant will be Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, who will be assisted by Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, and Bishop Christopher Jones, Bishop Emeritus of Elphin, in the presence of His Eminence Seán Cardinal Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh.  The celebrant and concelebrants will be joined by the priests of the Diocese of Achonry and visiting clergy, with the people of the diocese in attendance.

Masters of Ceremony

Very Rev Dermot Meehan and Rev Tomás Surlis


First Reading – Patrick Mitchell
Responsorial Psalm will be sung by Frances McNicholas
Second Reading – Kathleen Flynn

Prayers of the Faithful

Sister Mary Richardson of the Marist Community, Tubbercurry, County Sligo
John Flynn
Darragh Flynn
Peadar O’Flaherty
Sister Mary Leavey of the Mercy Community, Swinford, County Mayo
Margaret Garvey, Chairperson Ballaghaderreen Pastoral Council

Presentation of the Gifts                       

Margaret Flynn
Yvonne Mitchell

Altar Servers                                                         

Róisín Maloney
Anna Regan
Ellen Forrest
Eva Garvey

Pall Bearers

Very Rev Joseph Gavigan
Very Rev Michael Quinn
Very Rev Vincent Sherlock
Rev John Maloney
John Flynn
Bobby Flynn
John Flynn
Patrick Mitchell


Saint Nathy’s Cathedral Choir directed by Ms Maria Moynihan – Higgins


Ms Antoinette Byrne


Note to Editors

  • The late Bishop Thomas Flynn RIP was born in 1931, and was educated in the De La Salle NS, Ballaghaderreen and in Saint Nathy’s College.  He entered the national seminary Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Achonry in 1956.  He was appointed bishop of the diocese in December 1976, and ordained bishop on 20 February 1977.  Bishop Flynn was bishop for almost 31 years, having served the diocese as priest and bishop for close on sixty years.

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