Bishop Brian Hannon lived the faith he preached; mourners told


The former Bishop of Clogher Right Revd Brian Hannon.

Bishop Brian Hannon was a sincere man of faith who lived every day the faith he preached, mourners were told at his funeral in St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen today.

The Right Revd The Lord Eames OM, former Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, in his address at the funeral service, said; “He cared for the people of Clogher Diocese as though they were parishioners of a large parish - he knew them as individuals, he knew their problems and through the darkness of the Troubles he carried their pain on his heart.


“I will long remember him moving among the beds of Enniskillen hospital on the day of the Enniskillen bomb as together he and I sought to bring some comfort to those in such tragic circumstances.

“The prayers of us all reach out to Maeve and his sons Desmond, Brendan and Neil in their sorrow and loss.”

The funeral service of the former Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd Brian Hannon took place in St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, where he had served as Rector and Dean before becoming Bishop.

Michael Hannon reading the first lesson.

The service which had restricted numbers of people attending due to social distancing regulations, was livestreamed on the Enniskillen Cathedral website; and will be available to view afterwards.

The Dean of Clogher, the Very Revd Kenneth Hall, welcomed everyone to the funeral service which was led by Archdeacon Brian Harper, rector of Magheracross Parish (Ballinamallard).

He was assisted by the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Revd John McDowell; the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr. Michael Jackson and the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Revd Dr. Ian Ellis.

Neil Hannon reading the second lesson.

The Old Testament Reading from Psalm 121 was read by Michael Hannon, a brother of Bishop Hannon and the New Testament Reading from 1 Corinthians 13; 1-13 was read by Neil Hannon, a son of Bishop Hannon.

Following the address by Lord Eames, a family tribute was given by another son, Desmond Hannon.

The hymns included; “Dear Lord and Father of mankind,” “St Patrick’s Breastplate,” “It were my soul’s desire,” and the 23rd Psalm. The organist was Mr. Glenn Moore.

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher was represented by Monsignor Peter O'Reilly.

In a statement issued on behalf of the Hannon family, Neil Hannon thanked everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy following Bishop Hannon’s death on Monday.

He added; “Even after so many years of retirement, and his subsequent long and debilitating illness, the esteem in which he is held appears wholly undiminished.

Desmond Hannon giving the family tribute.

“Dad practised what he preached. Always had time for people. Always looked for ways to unite the community rather than divide it. The genuine warmth and fondness with which he is remembered is a wonderful testament to this, and such a comfort to us right now. It makes this time a little less sad, a little more celebratory. We’re very grateful.

“As a family we will miss Dad so much. He was a loving and generous husband. My parents’ marriage was a partnership that withstood the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with grace, courage and dedication. And Desmond, Brendan and I couldn’t have wished for a better father. Intelligent, patient, encouraging, interested, fun. We will be trying to live up to his example for as long as we live.”

Following the funeral service, a private family burial took place in Craghan Cemetery, Ballinamallard.
Bishop Hannon died on Monday morning and is survived by his wife Maeve and sons, Desmond, Brendan and Neil, and brothers David and Michael.

Biography of Bishop Brian Hannon

The Rt Revd Brian Desmond Anthony Hannon was born in Lurgan in 1936 while his father, Revd Gordon Hannon, was serving as Rector of Shankill Parish.
Bishop Hannon was educated at Trinity College Dublin where he took a degree in Ancient and Modern Languages and was ordained in 1961. He served as a Curate in All Saints Church, Clooney (1961-1964), Rector of Desertmartin (1965-1969), and Rector of Christ Church, Londonderry (1970-1982). From 1982, he was Rector of the Parish of Enniskillen (St Macartin’s Cathedral) in the Diocese of Clogher, firstly appointed Canon and becoming Dean of Clogher in 1985. He was elected Bishop of Clogher in May 1986 and consecrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, in June of that year. Bishop Hannon retired in 2001 on his 65th birthday.

The clergy who officiated at the funeral of Bishop Brian Hannon.


Lord Eames who gave the address at the funeral service.