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Retired clergyman dies after car swept away

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 15/09/2015

Floods: Rev Roger Grainger
Floods: Rev Roger Grainger

A retired clergyman and actor has died after his car was swept away by a flash flood on an island off Ireland both he and his late wife had fallen in love with.

Rev Roger Grainger (82), who was also a psychotherapist, was a few hundred yards from the cottage he had recently bought on Achill Island, Co Mayo, when he was washed off the road by a torrent. Rain at the time was described as blinding and the flood was reportedly several feet deep.

Dr Grainger, a retired Anglican cleric in the Wakefield diocese in West Yorkshire, moved to Ireland several years ago with his late wife Doreen and settled in Mayo.

He trained as an actor at Rada, took to the stage at the Old Vic and had small roles in the likes of Heartbeat, Emmerdale and Last Of The Summer Wine.

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