Pope Francis has appointed Father Alphonsus Cullinan as bishop of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, Ireland.
Alphonsus Cullinan was born in Lahinch in 1959 and is a priest of the Diocese of Limerick.
From 1978-1981 he attended Mary Immaculate College of Education Limerick and qualified as a primary teacher (B.Ed) in 1981, and taught for six years in Castleconnell, County Limerick. He worked part-time during that time for four years with the Bunratty Castle Entertainers before going to Spain where he taught English for two years in a school in Valladolid.
Fr. Cullinan studied theology at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth from 1989-95 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1994.
He studied for his doctorate in moral theology in the Alfonsianum in Rome 2001-2004.
He succeeds Bishop William Lee who retired on the grounds of ill health in late 2013.
The diocese includes County Waterford, and part of Counties Tipperary and Cork. There are 45 parishes, 85 churches and a Catholic population of about 150,000.