Death of ‘much loved’ Newbridge priest in freak car accident a ‘tragic loss’ – Bishop Denis Nulty pays tribute to Fr John Cummins

Fr John Cummins from Newbridge passed away on Wednesday

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Death of ‘much loved’ Newbridge priest in freak car accident a ‘tragic loss’ – Bishop Denis Nulty pays tribute to Fr John Cummins

Bishop Denis Nulty, left, and the late Fr John Cummins

The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Denis Nulty, has paid tribute to the Newbridge priest tragically killed in a freak car accident at his home on Wednesday.

Fr John Cummins was serving as parish priest in Abbeyleix, and was highly regarded in the local community. The Newbridge man came from a well-known family in Newbridge who run the Con Cummins pub on the town’s Main Street.

Bishop Nulty wrote that it is “with deep regret and sadness” that he announced the death of Fr Cummins.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Father John’s loving mother, brothers and sister, his priest colleagues throughout the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, his team in Faith Development Services and ACCORD, Carlow, and, of course, his many parishioners in Abbeyleix whom he held in his heart so dearly.

“At this time of profound heartbreak, I also remember his former colleagues at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, and the parishioners of Carlow Cathedral Parish.

“Father John was much loved in the diocese and is a tremendous loss to all of us.  I will hold all of you in my prayers over these very difficult and lonely days.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”