Thursday 22 March 2018

Canon Robert Flynn served in Ballymote for over 20 years

The late Canon Robert Flynn
The late Canon Robert Flynn

The funeral took place last weekend of Canon Robert (Bob) Flynn.

He served in Ballymote parish for more than 20 years until he retired from active ministry in 2005. He was 86.

The current parish priest of Ballymote, Fr James McDonagh said: "He was very devoted to his responsibilities, whether it be the parish, school or sacramental preparation.

"He had a great sense of fulfiling his calling and mission."

Fr McDonagh said the late Canon Flynn was also very keen at maintaining church buildings to the highest standard.

A native of Aughalustia, Ballaghaderreen, Canon Flynn was ordained in June 1953.

He then obtained a Higher Diploma in Education from Maynooth College.

From September to December 1954, he was chaplain at Ballinamore Convent, Kiltimagh.

He joined the teaching staff of St Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen, in January 1955.

On April 1st 1973 he was appointed vicepresident of the college.

Four years later, he became college president.

In October 1978, he was appointed parish priest in Carracastle.

In July 1982 he was appointed parish priest in Ballymote.

He retired on September 1st 2002 but served as a curate until September 2005.

He was appointed a Canon in 1991 and Dean of the Diocese of Achonry in 1997.

He is survived by his younger brother, the 83-year old former bishop of Achonry, Most Rev Thomas Flynn.

He is also survived by nephews and nieces.

His remains reposed at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote last Friday afternoon.

Following concelebrated funeral Mass led by Bishop Brendan Kelly on Saturday, burial took place in the church grounds.

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