Galway Bay fm newsroom – An intervention by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he was Transport Minister blocked funding for Galway airport and the western rail corridor.
Newly disclosed documents reveal an application for EU funding for transport projects in the west and northwest was dropped following the intervention of Leo Varadkar.
Projects such as the western rail corridor and the upgrading of Galway and Sligo airports were deleted from an EU-wide transport programme in 2011.
The current government is now seeking to reverse the exclusion of western projects from the European Commission ‘Ten-T’ transport programme.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan, Galway East TD Sean Canney explained the importance of the scheme.
Funeral details for the late Bishop Martin Drennan are released
The funeral details for the late Bishop Martin Drennan have been confirmed this afternoon
The former Retired Bishop of Galway passed away yesterday at the age of 78.
Bishop Drennan was bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and retired in 2016.
Bishop Michael Duignan offered his sympathy to Bishop Drennan’s family, to the diocesan community and to his many friends saying that Bishop Drennan’s able and agile intellect and innate pastoral sensitivity when combined with his gentle prayerful, self-effacing presence served the Diocese well.
Bishop Drennan will repose at the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, Galway from 7.00pm to 10.00pm on Tuesday with funeral Mass at 1.00pm on Wednesday in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, Galway.
Interment will follow afterwards.
Fr Diarmuid Hogan was a student of the then Fr Drennan when he was in Maynooth,
He spoke to John Mulligan
The statement from Bishop Michael Duignan is as follows
Yesterday, I received the sad news that Bishop Martin Drennan had died at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin surrounded by his loving family. I offer my sympathy to his family, to our diocesan community and to his many friends.
Bishop Martin was a Kilkenny man to the core who took the West of Ireland to his heart. Even though he continued to avidly support the black and amber of his birthplace, Galway became his home and the people of the west became his new family and his dear friends.
Ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Ossory in 1968, his first appointments were to St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny and to Ballycallan parishes before returning to further studies.
Sacred Scripture was his passion. Fr. Martin was to become an internationally respected academic and taught with energy, passion and insight at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth as Professor of Old Testament.
His was skilled at making the inspired words of the ancient biblical texts relevant, powerful and life giving to the modern world.
In May 1997 Fr. Martin was appointed as an auxiliary bishop in Archdiocese of Dublin and in 2005 he succeeded Bishop James McLoughin as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora.
Bishop Drennan’s able and agile intellect and innate pastoral sensitivity when combined with his gentle prayerful, self-effacing presence served the Diocese well. At the time of his retirement in 2016 on health grounds, he wrote: “My eleven years here have been among the happiest and most fulfilled of my life. When I succeeded Bishop James McLoughlin in 2004 you, the priests and people of Galway, Mayo and Clare, made me welcome. Since then, yoursupport and kindness, your prayers and your affirmation, have been a real source of strength and inspiration to me. For this I will be forever grateful. It was a privilege to be your Bishop. From deep in my heart I thank you.
“My retirement takes place during this Holy Year of Mercy and I sincerely ask forgiveness from anyone among you I may have hurt in any way during my time as Bishop. I offer my loyalty and my wholehearted support to my successor and I ask you for your continued prayers. You will always be in mine.”
The people and priests of the diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora will remember him fondly as a gentle, prayerful, kind and wise pastor. At a personal level, I will be ever thankful to Bishop Martin for his warm welcome to me on my recent appointment to Galway and for his wise counsel.
Throughout his life, and in particular in his later years of illness, he lived very much by the wisdom contained in the title of his last book – Turning Wounds into Wisdom – a series of reflections on the Sunday Gospels in which he endeavoured to turn the wounds of life into a wisdom for living.Bishop Drennan’s episcopal motto was Comhoidhrí le Críost (co-heirs with Christ).
Taken from the Letter to the Romans (8:17), St Paul emphasises the sure hope of an eternal destiny that is the hallmark of a follower of Christ.
I pray that God will now enfold Bishop Martin more deeply into his eternal loving embrace and grant consolation to his family and those who will miss him in this world.
A Easpag Máirtín, a chara dhil
go bhfáiltí sluaite na n-aingeal romhat
go bhfaighe tú suaimhneas síoraí
agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís,
go gcoinní Dia i mbos a láimhe thú. Amen.
Man in his 40s dies following road collision in Tuam
A man in his 40s has died following a road collision in Co Galway.
The incident, involving a pedestrian and a car, happened on the N83 at Cahervoley, Cummer near Tuam, shortly after 12.30 am.
The man was taken from the scene to University Hospital Galway where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, did not require hospital treatment.
The road remains closed for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are currently in place.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses, particularly any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) to make it available.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station.
Death announced of former Bishop of Galway
The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.
The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.
Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.
Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.
He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.
Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.