Thurles – Installation Of Archbishop, Kieran O’Reilly, SMA

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in preaching and teaching.”  (Timothy 1: Chapter 5: verse 17).


Tomorrow Sunday (February 8th 2015)  we here in Cashel & Emly Archdiocese, welcome and celebrate the Installation of our new, soon to be Archbishop, Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, in the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, [Map Ref.].

Bishop Kieran O’Reilly, a native of Cork and who was appointed Archbishop of Cashel & Emly on November 22nd 2014, was born on August 8th 1952 to parents Mr Seán and Mrs Theresa O’Reilly. He was educated at Presentation Brothers and Scoil Chríost Rí, before entering the Society of African Missions in Wilton, Cork in 1970. Bishop Kieran was officially ordained for the Society on the 17th June 1978 and served in Liberia for two years before studying for a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. From 1984 to 1989 Bishop Kieran was lecturing in Scripture at the major seminary in Ibadan, Nigeria and from 1990 until his appointment as Bishop of Killaloe, he served on the Irish and International Councils of the Society of African Missions.

At the time of his appointment he was serving his second term as Superior General of the Society of African Missions. He was ordained as Bishop of Killaloe on August 29th 2010 in succession to Bishop Willie Walsh, latter who had retired as Bishop of the Diocese on completion of his 75th year as spiritual leader.

Amongst those expected to attend Bishop Kieran’s Installation tomorrow will be his family, his religious congregation, the Society of African Missions, representatives of his former Killaloe Diocese, latter where he has served as bishop since 2010, as well as the people and priests of the Cashel & Emly Archdiocese.

For those of the Cashel & Emly Archdiocese and others unable to attend this Installation Ceremony, the event will be broadcast on Tipp Mid-West Radio via our local parish link (106.4FM). The event will also be streamed live by A.V. Star Systems in partnership with Flexiweb, and can be viewed simply by clicking the following link;

Parking facilities tomorrow will be facilitated in the car park to the rear of the Munster Hotel and in the grounds of the Presentation Primary school opposite. For logistical and safety reasons the Cathedral Courtyard and the grounds of St. Patrick’s College will be closed to parking following 10.30am Mass. Disabled Parking will be made available on Cathedral Street and in this regard the cooperation of the visiting public in relation to such parking is crucial.

In order to ensure accommodation at this ceremony it was required to allocate seats by tickets issued by the Diocesan Office and all those attending the ceremony are therefore required to be seated by 2.30 p.m. at the latest, thus ensuring the dignity of the ceremony.


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