The Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Rev Alan Harper, Primate of All Ireland, has paid tribute to the ‘wise and courageous leadership’ of the late Cardinal Cahal Daly.
Cardinal Daly, who was born in Loughguile, Co Antrim, on October 1 1917, died on New Years Eve. He was Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland in the early 1990s and was made a Cardinal in 1991. He retired in 1996, returning to his study of philosophy.
Archbishop Harper said: “It is with deep regret that I received the news of the passing of Cardinal Daly. The Cardinal was a most distinguished scholar as well as an outstanding leader of the Roman Catholic people of Ireland.
“During the most challenging of times the Cardinal gave wise and courageous leadership both as Bishop of Down and Connor and subsequently as Archbishop of Armagh. He was a fearless and forthright champion of peace and justice, always speaking out unambiguously on community issues during the darkest days of the Troubles.”
The Archbishop went on: “In retirement the Cardinal sustained his academic interests and his devotional life with a generosity towards fellow scholars and those who sought to nourish the interior life that was the hallmark of the whole of his life.
“I count it a privilege to have known him and send my sincere condolences to his family and share the sadness of all those whom he influenced for good in his life. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
On January 3, the remains of the late cardinal were moved from St Peter's Cathedral in west Belfast, where he had been lying in state, to St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, where he will be buried following a service in the Cathedral on Tuesday January 5.