The death has occurred of well known priest, writer and broadcaster Fr Colm Kilcoyne.

Aged in his eighties, Fr Kilcoyne passed away this morning.

Born in Castlebar in 1934, Colm Kilcoyne was ordained in 1959 and initially served in the Monastery in Corrandulla, and after that taught in Glenamaddy.

In the early 70s he was a priest in Keel, Achill.

Then in 1975, he began working in the Catholic Communications Centre in Booterstown in Dublin and became an expert in communications.

He wrote numerous books on the topic and was sought after as a speaker at retreats and conferences worldwide.

He trained clergy in preaching, and lay people for reading at Mass and in communications.

In 1979, he returned to the Tuam Archdiocese and served as a priest in Aughamore.

He came to Knock in 1985, initially as a curate, but then developed and became Head of Communications at the Shrine.

He presented Religious programmes in the 90s on Midwest Radio, Galway Bay FM and Northwest Radio, and was a regular contributor on the national airwaves.  He served as a Director on the Board of Midwest Radio.

He was a columnist with the Western People and before that with the Western Journal.

He also wrote for both the Sunday Press and Tribune.

In 1994 he went to Cong where he served until 2009.

He returned to his native Castlebar in retirement, and was delighted to be back home and close to family.

The Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary paid tribute to Fr Kilcoyne on Midwest News today. He spoke of Colm’s "great strength with the pen" and as "a communicator" and the many relevant topics that he highlighted and discussed across a range of media.

Removal from his residence on Rathbawn Road, Castlebar takes place on Saturday at 1.15 pm for Funeral Mass at 2pm in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.

Burial takes place afterwards in the Old Cemetery, Castlebar.

Fr. Colm’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on the Castlebar Parish Webcam http://www.castlebarparish.ie/web-cam/ or listened to in Castlebar on the Parish Radio Channel 105.3FM.

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