SUNDAY next will mark another red letter day in the lives of all those who live and practise the Roman Catholic faith in the North East Cork diocese of Cloyne.
It is the day that a Kerryman comes to Cork and will be ordained as the 67 th Bishop of Cloyne, but we will forgive him for that.
Our new Bishop-elect is Canon William Crean, a native of Tralee, he is currently the parish Priest of Cahirciveen and has been a priest for over 36 years.
In those years he has ministered all over Co Kerry, no doubt he has met many awkward situations in his time and it is said that he doesn't flinch when he meets a problem.
He has ministered in places like Glenbeigh, Killorglin, and Tarbert Comphrensive School teaching Religious Education.
He was a founder of Radio Kerry, he spent seven years as PP in Castlegregory and he is in Cahirciveen since 2006, so he brings with him a true Kerry background a factor which should serve him well up here in these parts where there are many more good Kerry people domiciled long before him.
As Sunday's ceremony in Cobh Cathedral will be by ticket only; only those who were successful in their applications for those tickets recently, can attend, wishing all God's Blessings on our new Bishop and his work.
We look forward to his first visits to his parishes in the dioceses over the coming months, as Fermoy is one Parish in which the Bishop is the PP, we can probably expect him along in the not too distant future.