Thomas Anthony Finnegan was born on 26 August 1925, in Castlerea, County Roscommon. He was educated at Runamoat National School, CBS Primary School and Summerhill College. He studied for the priesthood in Maynooth College, and was ordained priest for the diocese of Elphin in 1951, he served as Chaplain at St Angela’s College, Sligo. He spent four years doing postgraduate studies in Education and Canon Law. In 1960 he became Junior Dean at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from 1966 to 1979 he was President of Summerhill College. He had briefly thought in Summerhill, and the Catholic University School in Dublin.
In 1982 he became parish priest in Roscommon before being appointed Bishop of Killala in 1987 succeeding Bishop Thomas McDonald. He was a founder member of the Council for the West along with the other west of ireland bishops.
The Diocese of Killala has a Catholic population of 38,000 in 22 parishes, and includes portions of Counties Mayo and Sligo. In 1998 Bishop Finnegan founded the Newman Institute which offers courses in counselling, theology and spirituality. Also in 2002, Finnegan was succeeded by Monsignor John Fleming. Bishop Finnegan celebrated his Diamond Jubilee in 2011. He died in Sligo General,on Christmas Day 2011 at the age of 86, and Bishop Finnegan was laid to rest in the grounds of Saint Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina.
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