Former Bishop of Derry Séamus Hegarty has died

The retired Bishop of Derry, Samus Hegarty, who has passed away.
The retired Bishop of Derry, Samus Hegarty, who has passed away.

Tributes have been paid to the former Bishop of Derry, Séamus Hegarty.

The Diocese of Derry confirmed the Kilcar-native's death on Friday.

"With sadness we announce the passing from this world of Séamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of Derry and former Bishop of Raphoe, who died after an illness in Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal. Bishop Hegarty was born on January 26, 1940. Funeral arrangements to follow," the Diocese said.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: "I was sorry to hear of Seamus Hegarty’s death today and I want to express my sincere condolences.

“I will miss our conversations and the contribution Séamus made to our city.

“He had huge shoes to fill when he succeeded Bishop Daly in Derry and served communities in difficult times."