Death of Bishop Brian Hanon

Death of Bishop Brian Hannon


The Rt Revd Brian Hannon, who had been Bishop of Clogher Diocese during the worst of the Troubles, died on 10 January.  Bishop Hannon was 85.

He was Bishop of Clogher from 1986-2001.  

The current Bishop of Clogher, The Rt Revd Ian Ellis said of his predecessor:  

“Parishioners and clergy of Clogher Diocese and the wider community will be greatly saddened by the news of the death of the Rt Revd Brian Hannon.  Bishop Brian was much loved and admired for his spiritual and pastoral support for his people, especially in providing leadership through days of disruption and violence in Northern Ireland.  His patient, prayerful approach and commitment to enhancing education and community life is fondly remembered by all within this diocese, the Church of Ireland and the wider Anglican Communion.  He and his wife Maeve devoted themselves to all aspects of diocesan life where their gifts of ministry were offered so generously.

“We thank God for everything Bishop Brian shared with the clergy and people of this diocese: for his kind and gracious manner, his caring and compassionate ministry, his musical talents, and wise and gentle leadership.

“As a diocese we hold in our prayers his dear wife Maeve, and sons, Desmond, Brendan and Neil, in their time of grief and loss.  ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.’”

Hannon’s son, Neil, is the founder of the Divine Comedy musical group and composed the theme song for the Father Ted television series.