The death has taken place of a former Church of Ireland Bishop who spent several years of his ministry in Donegal.

The former Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel and Ossory Rt Rev. Peter Barrett, aged 59, died at his home in Dublin.

A graduate of Trinity College, he was ordained for the Derry and Raphoe Diocese in 1981, and shortly, afterwards became the rector of Conwal Union with Gartan, and lived in Letterkenny, for a number of years.

In 1994, he was appointed Dean of Residence and chaplain at Trinity College and eh became the Dean of Waterford in 1998. In 2002, he became the Bishop of Cashel and Ossory.

In 2006, he resigned suddenly as a bishop.

At the time he issued a statement in which attracted national publicity. He wrote: "I am no longer able to cherish my marriage with the love my supportive wife, Anne, deserves. As a result, I shall be separating from her on my own volition."

It was reported that he had met another woman and they left to live in the UK. In more recent years, he returned to Dublin.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev. Michael Jackson, has led tributes. He told the Irish Times: "Peter's passing is felt with great sadness by a wide range of people and in particular by his family and by all who loved him most dearly."

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