The death has taken place of retired parish priest of Cong Fr Paddy Gilligan.

Fr Gilligan  - a native of Ballintubber - passed away peacefully at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar at the age of 75.

He was ordained in 1969 and served as a curate on Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands, in Claremorris, and in Castlebar before being appointed parish priest of Achill in 1997.

He subsequently served as parish priest in Kilkerrin and in Cong before he retired in Castlebar last year.

His remains will arrive at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar on Thursday for Funeral Mass at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in Ballintubber Abbey Cemetery.

The funeral will be private for family and close friends.

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