Saturday 21 October 2017

U2's 'travelling pastor' passes away at home

The Rev. Jack Heaslip spent the first twenty years of his working life in education - teaching English, ministering as a guidance counselor and chaplain in Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved into full time parish ministry in the Church of Ireland as an ordained Anglican priest.
The Rev. Jack Heaslip spent the first twenty years of his working life in education - teaching English, ministering as a guidance counselor and chaplain in Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved into full time parish ministry in the Church of Ireland as an ordained Anglican priest.
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A CLERGYMAN who played the role of "travelling pastor" for U2's world tours has died.

The Rev Jack Heaslip, who had been battling motor neurone disease, passed away at his home in Howth at the weekend.

His links with the world's most famous rock band go back as far as the 1970s, when he was a guidance counsellor at Mount Temple Comprehensive school.

When the band was on tour he helped the hundreds of staff and crew members - who were away from homes and families - cope with the challenges of isolation and long distance travel.

Rev Val Rogers - the rector at the Aughavale group of parishes - where Rev Heaslip was also based, paid tribute to him for "his intelligence, courage and love".

"Our parishioners who knew him are distressed at his passing," she added. Rev Heaslip, who was in his 70s, is survived by his wife, Patricia, and family.

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