The Rt Rev Eamon Casey – obituary

Bishop Casey, second from right, in Dublin in 1985 Credit: Eamonn Farrell/

The Rt Rev Eamon Casey, who has died aged 89, was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway who resigned following the revelation in 1992 that he had fathered a son 17 years earlier, and that he had paid the boy’s mother, an American divorcee, some 75,000 Irish pounds from diocesan funds after negotiations with her lawyers.

An ebullient and gregarious figure, Casey was the most popular, the most socially involved, and the most dynamic campaigner against poverty and injustice of his generation of Irish bishops. He was also a noted bon vivant, with a taste for fine claret and fast cars, which he frequently crashed. But he maintained that “any clergyman with more than four figures in the bank has lost the faith”.

Eamon Casey was born on April 23 1927 at Firies, near Tralee, Co Kerry, one of 10 children of a creamery manager. Raised in Co Limerick, he was educated at St Munchin’s College there and...

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