His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Fintan Monahan, (a priest of the Archdiocese of Tuam), as Bishop of Killaloe. The appointment was announced at 11.00am this morning at a press conference held in the Ennis Parish Pastoral Centre.
Fr. Fintan Monahan was born in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on 23 January
1967. His parents are Tom and Peg Monahan and he has one brother, Seán,
and one sister, Caitríona, who is married to Dominic.
the family lived in Carraroe, Co Galway where his father was principal
teacher at Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin, An Cheathrú Rua. In 1996 the
family moved to Castlegar, Galway City, the native home of his mother.
Primary education was in Tullamore and secondary education was in
Carraroe before studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Tuam
in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1984. In 1987 he completed a
B.Sc. in NUI Maynooth, a B.D. in the Pontifical University in 1990, an
S.T.L. in Biblical Theology in 1992 and a H.Dip. in Education in NUI
Galway in 1993.
Ordination to the priesthood was in Séipéal Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú
Rua on 16 June 1991 by Archbishop Joseph Cassidy. While studying for
the H.Dip. in Education in Galway he was curate in An Tulach, Baile na
hAbhann, Conamara from 1992-1993. From 1993-2006 he taught Science,
Irish and Religion at the diocesan college, Saint Jarlath’s College in
Tuam, along with coaching basketball and hurling.
In 2006 Archbishop Michael Neary appointed him chaplain to Saint
Jarlath’s College and diocesan secretary. During that time he also
worked in the area of communications, vocations promotion and served as
editor of the Tuam Diocesan Magazine, New Dawn.
In recent years he joined the Communications Council of the Irish Episcopal Conference.
Bishop-elect Monahan is a fluent Irish speaker and enjoys the outdoor
life, hill walking, jogging, cycling, swimming and gardening.