Nov 24, 2014

Bishop of Limerick Diocese congratulates incoming Archbishop of Cashel & Emly on his appointment

The Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy has congratulated Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA on his appointment by Pope Francis as Archbishop of Cashel & Emly.

Bishop Leahy, who worked closely with Archbishop O’Reilly in the neighbouring Killaloe diocese, said that he will, no doubt, bring wisdom and warmth, energy and missionary zeal to his new assignment.

“I was lucky to have Bishop Kieran as my neighbour in Killaloe and will also have Archbishop Kieran as my neighbour in Cashel & Emly.  As Bishop of Killaloe, he was keen to forge strong links between the Diocese of Killaloe and the Diocese of Limerick. I’m sure he’ll now bring that collaborative vision to the whole province of Munster.

“I am personally grateful to him because both on the local level and at the level of the Bishops’ Conference, he has been most kind, encouraging and hospitable to me from the moment I began my ministry as Bishop of Limerick. I look forward to strengthening our bonds of collegiality and communion.

“Kieran is a member both of a religious missionary society and of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. I am particularly pleased that a member of a religious order has become an Archbishop in Ireland at this time when we are just about to enter next Sunday the special Year of Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis.”


Bishop Leahy also wished Archbishop Clifford the best for his retirement.  “I am grateful for his contribution in many often hidden ways to the Diocese of Limerick. He has travelled regularly to meetings of the Board of Trustees of Mary Immaculate College, of which he is a member for many years. His good advice and good humour have been appreciated and I know both Bishop Newman and Bishop Murray valued his fraternal presence and advice.

“Archbishop Clifford’s brother, Fr. Brendan, is a Dominican living in St. Saviour’s community in Limerick. I myself am personally very grateful for the warm tone he set in St. John’s Cathedral the day of my episcopal ordination and the many kindnesses shown me since then.”