The 67th Catholic Bishop of Cloyne has been appointed at a ceremony at St Colman's Cathedral in Cobh.

Bishop William Crean told the congregation that he was renewing his commitment to continue the work of healing and reconciliation that is so necessary in the diocese, while acknowledging it will take time, understanding and patience.

Bishop Crean was appointed to replace Dr John Magee who stepped down in 2010 after it was found he had not followed proper child protection procedures in the Catholic diocese.

Bishop Crean was appointed at a special ceremony in the Cathedral by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, assisted by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dr Dermot Clifford, and the Bishop of Kerry, Rev William Murphy.

Among those who were also there were the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, Paul Colton, as well as the Rev Colin Milligan of the Methodist Church of Ireland.