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Father Aengus Finucane

On behalf of everyone in Concern, I would like to express my profound sympathy on the death of Father Aengus Finucane. Aengus died at 8.30 this morning.

Aengus worked with Concern from its earliest days in Biafra in 1968 and served as Chief Executive from 1981 until his retirement in 1997. He has been Honorary President of Concern US since 1997 and has contributed immensely to building the organisation in America.

Aengus will be deeply mourned and missed by thousands of people in Ireland and across the world. He had an absolute commitment to the poorest of the poor: his work with Concern saved countless lives and improved the lives of many millions of people. He was a passionate believer in education as the foundation of development and never missed an opportunity to emphasise the critical importance of educating girls.He used his great gifts of personality and charismatic leadership to work for the things he believed in. People loved to be with him and he loved to be with people. He inspired a whole generation of Concern overseas volunteers, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, who remained his steadfast friends and supporters. His work with Concern US since 1997 gave him great satisfaction and introduced him to another community who took him to their heart and who will miss him greatly.

While deeply saddened by the passing of Aengus, we celebrate the scale of his life achievement. There can be few Irish people of his generation, or of any other generation, who have contributed as much to improving the lives of so much of humanity. In doing so, he enjoyed life and made it very enjoyable for all who knew him. May he rest in peace.