New Bishop of Achonry ordained

Fr. Paul Dempsey became the youngest bishop in Ireland on Sunday afternoon when he was ordained to the Diocese of Achonry at a ceremony in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and St. Nathy in Ballaghaderreen.

The 49-year-old was born in Carlow but raised in Athy, Co. Kildare where he was educated by the Christian Brothers. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 and his first appointment was as curate in Clane and Rathcoffey Parish in Kildare. It was during this time that he started writing a weekly column for the Leinster Leader newspaper.

Fr. Dempsey was a firm supporter of youth projects in the county and also hosted a weekly religious and social affairs programme on Kildare FM.

Fr. Dempsey was appointed Parish Priest of Newbridge and Administrator of Caragh and Prosperous Parishes from 2015 to 2020.

Pope Francis announced his appointment to the Diocese of Achonry, which includes parishes in Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo, in January of this year.

The new Bishop of Achonry is the youngest of four and was joined by his brother, Tony, close relations and friends for his ordination on Sunday afternoon. His two sisters, Bernadette and Angela, were unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions.