Carlow Bishop pays tribute to 'much-loved' priest following sudden death

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Carlow Bishop pays tribute to 'much-loved' priest following sudden death

Carlow Bishop pays tribute to 'much-loved' priest following sudden death

Bishop of the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese, Carlow's Denis Nulty has paid tribute and expressed his deep sadness following the sudden death of Fr John Cummins on Wednesday.

Fr Cummins, who once served in the diocesan office in Carlow town, died after a freak accident with his car at the parochial house in Abbeyleix, Co Laois, where he has served as parish priest for the last 18 months.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Father John’s loving mother, brothers and sister, his priest colleagues throughout the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, his team in Faith Development Services and ACCORD, Carlow, and, of course, his many parishioners in Abbeyleix whom he held in his heart so dearly," Bishop Nulty said.

"At this time of profound heartbreak, I also remember his former colleagues at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, and the parishioners of Carlow Cathedral Parish."

"Father John was much loved in the diocese and is a tremendous loss to all of us. I will hold all of you in my prayers over these very difficult and lonely days," Bishop Nulty concluded. 

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the incident which occurred at around 3.30pm on Wednesday.