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Archbishop Clifford to be laid to rest in native Louth

By Allan Preston

The funeral of the former Auxiliary Archbishop of Armagh Gerard Clifford will take place tomorrow in Dundalk.

Bishop Clifford retired from his post in 2013 after suffering from ill health and passed away on Monday in Dublin at the age of 75.

He was born in the border parish of Bellurgan in Co Louth and ordained to the priesthood in 1967.

The current Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin paid tribute to the cleric, calling him "a tireless peacemaker and bridge-builder".

"He was one of the great figures of the ecumenical movement in Ireland - a role he accomplished through gentle friendship and witness," he said.

"In my visits to Bishop Gerry in recent weeks and months he seemed at peace.

"As he was a man of deep faith, I ask you to join with me in prayer for the repose of his soul."

A Requiem Mass will be held in St Patrick's Church in Dundalk at noon tomorrow followed by burial in the nearby Calvary Cemetery at Ravensdale.

Archbishop Martin will be principal celebrant at the funeral.

Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, will concelebrate and will also preach the homily.

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