Senior Church of 
Ireland cleric passes

�/Pearcemedia-  22thApril  2012 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -'Mandatory Credit - Photo  Mark Pearce' Sunday afternoon saw the Church of Ireland's Creggan Parish Church  celebrating its Re-Dedication  following a �90,000 restoration  of the church and its Pipe organ .  ''left to right;  Hon Curate, The Rev'd Richard Moore, The Ven. Raymond Hoey, Archdeacon of Armagh  and Rector, the Rev'd Sandra Pragnell'' Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce
�/Pearcemedia- 22thApril 2012 Pearcemedia Northern Ireland -'Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce' Sunday afternoon saw the Church of Ireland's Creggan Parish Church celebrating its Re-Dedication following a �90,000 restoration of the church and its Pipe organ . ''left to right; Hon Curate, The Rev'd Richard Moore, The Ven. Raymond Hoey, Archdeacon of Armagh and Rector, the Rev'd Sandra Pragnell'' Mandatory Credit Photo Mark Pearce

A senior Church of Ireland cleric in Armagh diocese the Venerable Raymond Hoey has died after a lengthy illness at the Southern Area Hospice in Newry. He was 72 and had been in failing health for some time..

Archdeacon Hoey, a Co Fermanagh man, began his clerical career as a curate in St Mark’s parish church in Portadown.

In 1978, he was appointed rector of the joint parishes of Christ Church, Bessbrook and St Luke’s Church, Mullaglass and spent his entire ministry there until 2014, before retiring.

He was involved for more than a decade as archdeacon of Armagh and was prominently involved in the administration of the Armagh diocese. He is survived by his wife Florrie; son Jonathan and daughter Shauna.

Archdeacon Hoey was buried after a funeral service in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral, Armagh on Tuesday.