Benedict XVI appointed today Monsignor Eamon Martin, diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Derry, as coadjutor archbishop of Armagh.

He thus stands in line to succeed Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh, when the cardinal retires. Monsignor Martin is 51; Cardinal Brady is 73.

Eamon Martin was born in 1961 in Derry. He comes from a family of 12 children – six boys and six girls.

Eamon Martin was ordained a priest in June 1987. He was elected diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Derry in November 2011.   

Monsignor Martin has been a regular media contributor on BBC's Thought for the Day; Prayer for the Day and celebrant and preacher on Sunday Morning Worship, and other programs on RTÉ, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Monsignor Martin has a keen interest in music, particularly in choral and classical music as well as liturgical music generally. He has a particular interest in Sacred Music, especially Gregorian Chant. He also enjoys walking and gardening.