Taoiseach's parish in mourning for priest
CHURCH-goers in Taoiseach Brian Cowen's parish are in mourning after the sudden death of their priest.
Father Seamus Dunican had been parish priest of Rahan, just outside Tullamore, since 2001.
Fr Dunican, who was in his early 70s, was originally from Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, and was ordained in 1963.
He served in Rahan for six months at the start of his ministry before going to London to work as a chaplain to Irish emigrants.
He subsequently taught in St Patrick's Classical School, Navan, before being a chaplain to the Defence Forces at Gormanstown, Co Meath, for 10 years. From 1991 to 2001, he was parish priest of Moynalvey, Co Meath, before being transferred to Rahan.
His body will repose at Rahan presbytery from 7pm to 10pm today and from noon tomorrow until removal at 6.30pm to St Carthage's Church, Killina.
Requiem Mass takes place there at noon on Wednesday, followed by interment in the church grounds in Killina.