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Famed for its black pudding, his new home is far cry from Newry

By Rebecca Black

Published 20/02/2016

Rev Kingsley Sutton
Rev Kingsley Sutton
Church of the Ascension, Timoleague, one of the group of churches in Co Cork Rev Sutton will minister to

It is about as far away as it is possible to get from Northern Ireland and flags on this island.

The west Cork town of Clonakilty is best known for black pudding, its unique annual random acts of kindness festival, and Irish War of Independence hero Michael Collins, and now it is giving the Rev Kingsley Sutton a second chance.

With a population of just 5,000 scattered around the stunning coastal location, it is a far cry from Newry or the busy Belfast parishes where he trained and served.

Readers may be surprised to hear that the Co Wicklow-born minister, who hit the headlines last year in his own personal cultural crusade, was not disciplined and has already been redeployed.

The extent of his actions were only revealed after a parishioner - having had no joy raising concerns with Bishop Harold Miller - contacted the Belfast Telegraph.

The story slowly unravelled that Rev Sutton had not only removed two Royal British Legion flags, against the orders of the bishop, but had also incinerated them.

As the details emerged, the Rev Sutton first issued a long, humble public apology, and then resigned as rector of Newry.

The bishop himself stepped in to conduct Remembrance Day services in November.

Now, just a few months later - and before a replacement has been found in Newry - the Rev Sutton has found a new parish in the 'Rebel County'.

He will be taking over at the historic Kilgariffe Church, which dates back to 1613, as well as looking after two smaller churches.

 

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