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Dónal Ó’Fatharta’s Galway minor side face five-in-a-row All-Ireland champions Kerry on Sunday at 1.30pm in Croke Park in what is the curtainraiser to the senior semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry.
In the late 12th century, the Diocese of Annaghdown came into existence in the area surrounding the city of Galway. In 1324 it was united with Tuam, but the Anglo-Norman families refused to accept direction from Tuam. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII made St Nicholas’ Church a Collegiate Church governed by a warden (not a bishop) and eight vicars. Edmund ffrench, the last warden, was made Bishop of Kilmacduagh in 1824. On April 27, 1831, the Bull ‘Sedium Episcopalaism’ was issued by Pope Gregory XVI erecting the Diocese of Galway. On October 23, 1831, the first Bishop of the Diocese, George Joseph Plunkett Browne, was consecrated, and in 1844 he was succeeded by Laurence O’Donnell. John McEvilly became Bishop in 1857.
Galway minor footballers, under the guidance of Donal Ó Fatharta, will take on Leinster champions Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park in the curtain-raiser at 3pm before the Galway seniors challenge Dublin (5pm).
Following on from their 0-18 to 0-11 win over Clare last weekend in the All-Ireland quarter-finals at O’ Connor Park in Tullamore, the Galway minors will take on Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on the weekend of August 11/12.
President Michael D Higgins will be one of the guests of honour this weekend when Galway Cathedral will be packed to capacity for the official installation of its new bishop, Dr Brendan Kelly.
The ceremonial installation of Bishop Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway is expected to coincide with the official announcement of the papal visit by Pope Francis to Ireland.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has this morning appointed the Most Reverend Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. It is planned that Bishop Brendan’s installation will take place in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas on 11 February 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
A Salthill man who was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 was appointed diocesan administrator earlier this week.
The announcement was made in Rome at 11am (Irish time) that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Most Reverend Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, on grounds of ill health and on medical advice.