Msgr Austin Duffy laid to rest in Dungiven

Priests carry the coffin of Monsignor Austin Duffy. (1608SJ42) Photo: Danny O'Kane
Priests carry the coffin of Monsignor Austin Duffy. (1608SJ42) Photo: Danny O'Kane

Monsignor Austin Duffy was yesterday laid to rest in Dungiven where he served as parish priest for 11 years.

Monsignor Duffy, who passed away on Friday, August 12,was a former Vicar General of the Diocese of Derry and an advisor to Bishop Edward Daly..

The 82 year-old was a former Parish Priest of Glendermott, in Derry City. As Vicar General of the diocese for 11 years, Monsignor Duffy was also chief advisor to Bishop Daly between 1982 and 1993.

Born in March 1929 in Clones, Co. Monaghan, the young Austin Duffy moved to Derry City with his parents and attended St Eugene’s PS, Francis Street, the Convent PS, Pump Street and St. Columb’s College. After his studies at St Columb’s College he entered St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained on June 22, 1952. His first appointment was to the parish of Fahan as a curate where he remained until 1955. He also served in Faughanvale, Buncrana and Maghera before being appointed Parish Priest of Glendermott in 1977. In 1984 he was transferred to Dungiven as Parish Priest and in 1995 he retired as Parish Priest of Dungiven and took up an appointment as curate in Leckpatrick, Co. Tyrone for two years. He then moved to Tamnaherin but, due to poor health, he retired from active ministry in 1998. In his retirement he lived in Dungiven.

Those attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Dungiven, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery, included retired Bishop of Derry, Most Reverend Dr. Edward Daly; retired Auxilliary Bishop of Derry, Most Reverend Francis Lagan, Most Reverend Seamus Hegarty and Dungiven Paris Priest, Rev. Aidan Mullan.