Bishop Dónal McKeown saddened by death of Bishop Emeritus Séamus Hegarty

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The Bishop of Derry, Dónal McKeown, has expressed sorrow at the death of his predecessor Bishop Emeritus, Séamus Hegarty, who died on Friday.

He said: "Even though Bishop Séamus Hegarty had been in declining health for a number of years, it was with sadness that I heard about his death.

"As Bishop of Derry, he was the successor to Bishop Edward Daly, and Bishop Séamus served this diocese from 1994 -2011, although I was not appointed to the Diocese of Derry until 2014. Bishop Séamus had an impressive dedication to his role as a priest and bishop, with a special expertise in education. His concern for Irish emigrants around the world was constant and heartfelt. Ar dheis De go raibh anam.”