The Church of Ireland has ordained the first female Bishop in Britain and Ireland. 

The Reverend Pat Storey was consecrated Bishop of Meath and Kildare at a ceremony in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral this afternoon. 

She joins a handful of female bishops in the worldwide Anglican Communion. 

The service to celebrate Bishop Storey's ordination was led by Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin who joined most of his fellow-bishops in the laying on of hands.

Looking on was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr Denis Nulty, and representatives of many other faith traditions.

Bishop Storey's husband, Earl, also a member of the clergy, read a lesson.

Representatives of President Higgins and the Taoiseach also attended.

A close friend from her native Co Down, the Reverend Nigel Parker, said in his sermon that the new bishop preached and pastored with a disarming directness and a delightful sense of humour.

Afterwards, Bishop Storey said she was "getting her head around" her appointment being historic. 

Her niece, Catherine Shaw, said the new bishop had often said she'd bring a bit of "craic" to the hierarchy as well as leadership skills.

Hilary Cotton, who led a group worshippers from the English Women and the Church organisation, said they looked forward to the Church of England ordaining its first woman bishop in about a year's time.