The Catholic archbishop of Dublin paid tribute on Wednesday to an Irish priest who died after reportedly pushing his secretary out of the way of an oncoming bus.
Archbishop Dermot Farrell told RTÉ’s News at One on Aug. 4 that the death of Fr. Con Cronin marked a “very sad day.”
“Could I sympathize with Fr. Con Cronin and his family on the tragic death of Fr. Cronin and pay tribute to his bravery, where he sacrificed himself to save his secretary,” he said, noting that he was speaking on the Feast of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests.
Locals said that the 72-year-old priest pushed the woman to safety when a bus veered towards them in Monkstown, a village in County Cork, on Aug. 3.
The bus driver, Mark Wills, 52, also died. The Irish Times reported that he is believed to have lost control of the vehicle after suffering a medical trauma.
Gardaí (Irish police) in Togher, Cork, have issued an appeal for witnesses of the accident, which occurred on the Strand Road at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Bishop Fintan Gavin of Cork and Ross expressed his shock at the death of the priest who served in his diocese as a curate in the Harbour Parishes of Passage West and Monkstown.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to Fr. Con’s family, his wide circle of friends, parishioners, and his fellow priests in the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, as well as the priests of the Diocese of Cork and Ross,” he said in an Aug. 3 statement posted on Facebook.
“This tragic accident also leaves another family mourning the loss of a loved one and I extend my prayerful support to his family also.”
“I pray for healing and peace for all who were injured and those who witnessed the accident. I wish to acknowledge the professionalism and kindness of the emergency services who attended the accident scene.”
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