Brian Hannon: Funeral of former bishop held in Enniskillen

The funeral has taken place in County Fermanagh of former Church of Ireland Bishop Brian Hannon.

Mr Hannon died on Monday at the age of 85 after a long illness. He was bishop of Clogher from 1986 to 2001, retiring on his 65th birthday.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, Desmond, Brendan and Neil. Neil is the singer of pop group The Divine Comedy.

The funeral was held in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen.

Mourners were told Mr Hannon was a sincere man of faith who lived every day the faith he preached.

Lord Eames, former Archbishop of Armagh, in his address said; “He cared for the people of Clogher diocese as though they were parishioners of a large parish – he knew them as individuals, he knew their problems and through the darkness of the Troubles he carried their pain on his heart.

“I will long remember him moving among the beds of Enniskillen hospital on the day of the Enniskillen bomb as together he and I sought to bring some comfort to those in such tragic circumstances.

“The prayers of us all reach out to Maeve and his sons Desmond, Brendan and Neil in their sorrow and loss.”

The service, which had restricted numbers of people attending due to social distancing regulations, was streamed on the Enniskillen Cathedral website.