Monday 5 December 2016

Fr Eoghan Haughey, last sibling of late Taoiseach, dies

Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30

The late Fr Eoghan Haughey - brother of former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey - with his nephew, Deputy Sean Haughey Photo: Collins
The late Fr Eoghan Haughey - brother of former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey - with his nephew, Deputy Sean Haughey Photo: Collins

Eoghan Haughey, the last surviving sibling of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, has died aged 82.

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The Oblate priest passed away at the order's residence, the House of Retreat in Inchicore, Dublin. He was the last member of the six Haughey siblings who grew up at the family home in Donnycarney.

Fr Haughey is best remembered in the public mind as leading the requiem Mass for his older brother in June 2006. He launched a strong defence of the man who had polarised opinion over his long and controversial career.

He also recalled his brother's matter-of-fact courage in the face of his final illness and the bravery he had shown many times during myriad political and personal difficulties he faced.

The priest recalled being summoned by Charlie Haughey to be told of the upcoming funeral arrangements.

"About the funeral. It will be in Donnycarney. You will do it and you will do it with all prayerful dignity," Fr Haughey told the funeral congregation in 2006.

He also compared his brother, known in family circles as Cathal, to the great Ulster warrior hero Cú Chulainn.

News of the priest's death was announced by his nephew Seán Haughey, who tweeted: "Very sad to announce the death this morning of Fr Eoghan Haughey OMI at the House of Retreat, Inchicore, age 82. RIP."

Mr Haughey's remains will repose at the House of Retreat on Tyrconnell Road in Inchicore from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow. His funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 11.30am in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Inchicore.

Irish Independent

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