Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Kieran O’Reilly as Bishop of Cashel.
The Pope accepted has the resignation of Archbishop Dermot Clifford on the grounds of age.
Archbishop Clifford was ordained a Priest in 1964 and served as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly for 26 years.
He resigned on the ground of age, as is required by Canon Law.
Cork-native Bishop Kieran O’Reilly has been appointed as his successor.
In a statement this morning, Archbiship Clifford paid tribute to his “colleague and friend".
“I have been privileged to be working with him over the past four years as a Bishop of the Munster Province and as a colleague and friend in the Bishops’ Conference," he said.
“That he is a scholar I learned from others, that he is a gentleman I have found out for myself”, he added.