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Archbishop of Dublin pays tribute to Bishop Brian Hannon

The Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, has paid tribute to Bishop Brian Hannon whose death was announced this morning, Monday January 10. Archbishop Jackson succeeded Bishop Hannon as Bishop of Clogher.
Bishop Brian Hannon during his time as Bishop of Clogher.
Bishop Brian Hannon during his time as Bishop of Clogher.

“It is with great sadness that we learn today of the death of The Right Reverend Brian Hannon, formerly Bishop of Clogher.


“Bishop Hannon and his wife Maeve loved the Diocese of Clogher and its people ever since he came to Enniskillen as Rector and then Dean.

“He was renowned as someone to whom community at its most extensive mattered and he played his part ecumenically, not only in Ireland but internationally.

“I had the pleasure and privilege of succeeding him as bishop in 2002 and of doing my best to carry forward his legacy of faithfulness and vitality in a cross–border diocese.

“Our prayers and thoughts today are with his wife Maeve and their three sons Desmond, Brendan and Neil and their families along with all the people of the diocese who mourn his passing and grieve their loss of him and all he gave so generously in service and in leadership.”

The Rt Revd Brian Desmond Anthony Hannon (born 1936) was educated at Trinity College Dublin and ordained in 1961; he served firstly in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe as Curate in Clooney (1961–1964), Rector of Desertmartin (1965–1969), and Rector of Christ Church, Londonderry (1970–1982). From 1982, he was Rector of the Parish of Enniskillen (St Macartin’s Cathedral) in the Diocese of Clogher, firstly appointed Canon and becoming Dean of Clogher in 1985. He was elected Bishop of Clogher in May 1986 and consecrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, in June of that year. Bishop Hannon retired in 2001 on his 65th birthday.

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Revd John McDowell, and the Bishop of Clogher, the Rt Revd Dr Ian Ellis, have issued the following statements on the death of the Rt Revd Brian Hannon. You can read them on the Church of Ireland website here.


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