Pope Francis has appointed Lahinch born Father Alphonsus Cullinan bishop of the Diocese of Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.
Fr. Cullinan was born in Lahinch, County Clare in 1959 and is a priest of the diocese of Limerick.
He attended the Salesians National School and the Crescent College Comprehensive (SJ) for his secondary education. From 1978-1981 he attended Mary Immaculate College of Education Limerick and qualified as a primary teacher. Fr. Cullinan studied Theology at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth from 1989-95 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1994. He was as chaplain to the Regional Hospital in Limerick from 1996 until 2001. He studied for his doctorate in moral theology in the Alfonsianum in Rome 2001-2004. He was appointed chaplain to the Limerick Institute of Technology 2004-2011. He was appointed Parish Priest of Rathkeale, County Limerick in 2011.
Bishop William Lee, Bishop Emeritus of Waterford and Lismore, retired on the grounds of ill-health on 1 October 2013. The Diocese includes County Waterford, and part of Counties Tipperary and Cork. There are 45 parishes, 85 Churches and a Catholic population of 152,107.