After my arrival in this diocese in summer 2006. I shall never forget the prompt and warm welcome I received from Bishop Laurence Forristal, at the time the ‘other’ bishop of Ossory.
He became a special friend, often encouraging and guiding through well – timed phone calls. In recent years as his health declined, I would often seek solace in his company through
visits to the nursing home in Gowran where he lived. The end of those visits, and the delightful combination of spirituality and shrewdness I experienced during them, leaves a true gap in my life
and I offer my sympathy to all in the Roman Catholic diocese of Ossory in the context of abereavement that for them rather ends an epoch.
Cashel, Ferns & Ossory