Sligo Champion. 26 October 1912.
Most Rev. John Clancy, D.D., Bishop of Elphin, died 19th October 1912.— R.I.P.
Ah! me to think that he is gone
Grave sorrow fills my heart
He fought life’s battles to the end
And nobly did his part.
Now God has called him to his rest,
From out this land of pain,
His manly form and kindly smile
We’ll ne’er see again.
The poor have lost a loving friend,
The Church, a man of fame,
And years I know can ne’er efface
Good Bishop Clancy’s name.
A scholar of attainments high,
A preacher of renown,
He toiled for Christ while on this earth
To gain the heavenly crown.
We mourn his loss with heavy hearts,
And many weep and sigh,
Yet why regret for well we know
He reigns with God on high.
He led us well through storm and calm,
His course was straight and true,
With heads bent low and tear-
We bid a long adieu.
Sligo, October, 1912.
This In Memoriam poem for Bishop Clancy was written within a week of the death and is a formulaic lament for the dead prelate with nothing in the way of originality or personal details. The rhymes are simple and the ideas common-
John Joseph Clancy (1856-
Another poem, Remembrances, by the same author in the Sligo Champion 1912.
Below Left: The headlines in the Sligo Champion reporting the death of Bishop Clancy. The black borders in the newspaper was a common practice for high ranking clerics, prominent politicians and members of the owners or editor's family.
Below: The conservative Sligo Times published a supplement with a large picture of the late Bishop in its edition of 26 October. The Sligo Independent also reported the death and expressed their sorrow at the death of such a well-