Pope Francis appoints Father Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory

28 Oct 2022

  • Photo opportunity at 11.00am at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Niall Coll, a priest of the Diocese of Raphoe, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.  The news of this Episcopal appointment will be made public this morning at 11.00am Irish time (12.00pm in the Vatican).

Photographers and journalists are invited to attend at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory, for 11.00am Mass this morning with principal celebrant Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory, concelebrated by Monsignor Julien Kaboré, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland, and Father Niall Coll.  To obtain photographs for publication purposes from today’s Mass, please contact John McElroy on +353 (0) 87 241 6985.


Notes for Editors

  • Life and Ministry of Bishop-elect Niall Coll

Niall Coll was born on 25 August 1963 in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

During his ministry, Bishop-elect Niall Coll, in conjunction with his priestly appointments, has conducted retreats for clergy, is a contributor to various publications, including Doctrine and Life, The Furrow, The Irish Theological Quarterly and The Tablet, and in addition was the Editorial Director of the Catholic School ethos journal Le Chéile.


1981 – 1984     BA National University of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co Kildare

1984 – 1987     BD Pontifical University Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare

1988                Priestly Ordination: 3 July 1988 Incardinated in the Diocese of Raphoe

1987 – 1989     Licence in Dogmatic Theology Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

1991 – 1992    H Dip Ed University of Dublin, Trinity College

1992 – 1995     Doctorate in Christology Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy


1989 – 1991    Teacher: St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

1995 – 1998    Lecturer: St Patrick’s College, Carlow

1998 – 2001    Curate: Parish of Dungloe, Co Donegal

Chaplain and Teacher: Pobalscoil na Rosann, Dungloe, Co Donegal

2001 – 2019    Professor of Religious Studies and Religious Education,

St Mary’s University College, Belfast

2019 – 2021    Parish Priest: Drumholm-Ballintra, Co Donegal

2021 to date    Parish Priest: Donegal (Tawnawilly) and Clar, Co Donegal         

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