Shock and devastation in Tipperary as local parish priest found dead

Fr Tadhg Furlong - RIP
Fr Tadhg Furlong - RIP

Father Tadhg Furlong was found dead in his Cappawhite home

There is a great sense of loss today in the community near the Limerick/Tipperary border as local Cappawhite parish priest, Fr Tadgh Furlong, was found dead in his home after failing to turn up to mass on the morning of Monday, November 27.

A highly popular parish priest in his local community of Cappawhite, his failure to celebrate mass on Monday morning alerted parishioners to check on him in his home.

On arrival, they discovered Fr Furlong had passed away overnight.

Speaking on the death of the well-loved local priest, Cappawhite GAA announced on Twitter today: “Our sincere condolences to the family of Fr Tadhg Furlong PP of Cappawhite who passed away today. Fr Tadhg was a great friend of our club & will be sadly missed in our parish & community. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Fr Furlong was an Annacarty native. He was ordained as a priest in 1976 and practised for 47 years.

He was well-loved and hugely admired by the Cappawhite community and by parishioners, and was largely involved in all aspects of community life.

Just shy of his 74th birthday, Fr Furlong had a kind and very spiritual nature and the high regard in which he is held is apparent through the huge outpour of condolences on social media.

Fr. Furlong will lie in repose in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cappawhite on Wednesday, November 29, with opening prayers at 4 pm until closing prayers at 7 pm.  Requiem Mass on Thursday at 1.30 pm with burial afterwards in Cappawhite Cemetery.

Limerick Voice extends our deepest sympathy to his siblings and to all the extended Furlong family and to the Archbishop and Priests of the Cashel and Emly Diocese.

May he rest in peace.

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