His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation, on the ground of age, of Archbishop Dermot Clifford as Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, and has appointed Bishop Kieran Oâ€™Reilly SMA as Archbishop of Cashel & Emly.
This announcement was made on Saturday in the Vatican
On 16 May 2010 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced Father Kieran Oâ€™Reilly SMA as Bishop of Killaloe to succeed Bishop William Walsh who had retired on completing his seventy-fifth year in accordance with canon 401.1 of the Code of Canon Law.
Bishop Oâ€™Reilly was born in Cork on 8 August 1952 to SeÃ¡n and Theresa Oâ€™Reilly. Educated at Scoil ChrÃost RÃ and ColÃ¡iste ChrÃost RÃ, he entered the Society of African Missions in Wilton, Cork in 1970.
Bishop Oâ€™Reilly was ordained for the Society on 17 June 1978.
He served in Liberia for two years in the Archdiocese of Monrovia before studying for a licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. From 1984 to 1989 he lectured in Scripture at the Major Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul, in Ibadan, Nigeria. From 1989 - 2010 he served on the Irish and International Councils of the Society of African Missions. In May 2010 he was appointed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as Bishop of Killaloe.
At the time of the announcement of his appointment as the next Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, to succeed Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Bishop Kieran was serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe. He also serves as the Episcopal Secretary to the Irish Episcopal Conference.
Archbishop Clifford has warmly welcomed the Holy Fatherâ€™s choice of Bishop Kieran Oâ€™Reilly to be his successor as Archbishop of Cashel & Emly.
â€œI wish to thank His Excellency, the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, for being in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Saturday to announce the good news to representatives of the priests and people in the Archdiocese.
â€œOver the years, I always prayed that I would be here and well enough to ordain my successor when I reached retirement age. As it turns out, I now find that I have already ordained him four years ago in Ennis! I recall that I anointed him liberally with the Oil of Chrism, without realising that I was anointing him for two dioceses! I have been privileged to be working with him over the past four years as a Bishop of the Munster Province and as a colleague and friend in the Bishopsâ€™ Conference. We have worked together in a number of Commissions and he is now the Episcopal Secretary to the Conference. That he is a scholar I learned from others, that he is a gentleman I have found out for myselfâ€.