Breen welcomes Fr Kieran O’Reilly’s Appointment as Bishop of Killaloe and pays tribute to Retiring Bishop Willie Walsh

May 20th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen welcoming the appointment of Fr. Kieran O’Reilly, as Bishop of Killaloe has also paid tribute to retiring Bishop Willie Walsh for his years of dedicated service to the people of the Diocese but especially to the people of County Clare.

“I warmly welcome the announcement that Fr. Kieran O’Reilly is to be installed as the new Catholic Bishop of Killaloe. I congratulate him and wish him well in his new position. I understand that he is a man of great spirituality and I have no doubt that he will continue the great work of his predecessor Bishop Willie Walsh.

“Having spent most of his Pastoral life working in the African Missions and in his role as Superior General of the Society of African Missions; he is well know for his leadership and administration skills and the championing of justice and human rights for the people of Africa, all of these skills will help him in his new mission here in the Killaloe Diocese.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to extend my good wishes to Bishop Willie Walsh for a long and fulfilling retirement after his stewardship of this Diocese. A native of Tipperary, Willie Walsh, quickly endeared himself to the people of County Clare and indeed he made an enormous contribution not alone to life of the Church, but also to the sporting life of this County having coached many teams to Harty Cup success at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis and through his involvement as a selector with the Clare Senior Hurling Team.

“ I hope he enjoys his retirement which he richly deserves.”