New bishop of Diocese of Kilmore to be ordained this Sunday

A new Bishop of the catholic diocese of Kilmore will be ordained this Sunday.

The Diocese of Kilmore includes almost all of County Cavan as well as portions of Leitrim, Sligo and Fermanagh.

Sixty-years old Fr Martin Hayes will be ordained as bishop of Kilmore during Mass this Sunday in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim in Cavan.

Fr Hayes is a native of Thurles in County Tipperary.

His background is in engineering.

In 1977, he began studying production engineering at NIHE Limerick, graduating in 1981 with a degree in manufacturing technology.

During his studies in Limerick, he became involved with a youth faith initiative.

In September 1983 he entered St Patrick’s College in Thurles and was ordained a priest in June 1989.

He has also studied in Rome, in California and in Australia.

He has worked with Accord, the marriage care service, and was instrumental in setting up SUAS, a listening service for those bereaved by suicide.

He has been a curate and administrator of the cathedral parish in Thurles.

Sunday’s ordination Mass begins at 3pm. Restrictions apply because of Covid-19.

The ceremony will be livestreamed on the cathedral website,

The Diocese of Kilmore, spread over Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo, Fermanagh and Meath, has a Catholic population of about 69,000 served by 51 priests in 34 parishes with 95 churches.