The death has been announced of The Right Revd. Samuel Poyntz, formerly Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (1978-87) and Bishop of Connor (1987-95).
Bishop Poyntz, who was born in 1926, was educated at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen and Trinity College, Dublin.
There will be a private family funeral this week followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin this Saturday 25th February at 11.30am.
On hearing of Bishop Poyntz’s passing, The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said: “It is with real sadness that I learned of the death of Bishop Samuel Poyntz over the weekend. I have known him since my own childhood in Dublin, but most closely from my time as a rector in Cork when he was bishop of the Diocese. I found him to be a decisive, practical and vigorous Christian leader but also someone who was deeply caring and supportive of his clergy, in short a great bishop.
“I also saw him to be a person of huge courage and fortitude, virtues which he demonstrated to the full during his time as Bishop of Connor during very difficult times in Northern Ireland, but these were also qualities which he used throughout his long and fulfilled life for the good of the life and witness of the entire Church of Ireland.'
“I hold the Poyntz family in my prayers at this time of loss, and trust that they will know God’s comfort in their bereavement.”