A priest originally from Co Donegal has been announced as the next Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Ossory.

The diocese, which covers much of counties Kilkenny as well as parts of Laois and Offaly, has been without a bishop since Archbishop Dermot Farrell was appointed to the archdiocese of Dublin in 2018.

Bishop Denis Nulty of the neighbouring diocese of Kildare and Loughlin has been the apostolic administrator of Ossory since then, but the Vatican has today announced that the new bishop will be Fr Niall Coll.

Fr Coll was born in 1963 in Letterkenny and has been a priest since 1988 and studied in Maynooth, Rome and Dublin.

He has been a teacher at St Eunan's College in Letterkenny, lecturer at St Patrick’s College in Carlow and a curate and parish priest at different parishes in Co Donegal, as well as Professor of Religious Studies and Religious Education between 2001 and 2019.

His current parish is Donegal and Clar.

The incoming bishop is also a contributor to various publications including Doctrine and Life, The Furrow, The Irish Theological Quarterly and The Tablet.

His appointment as Bishop of Ossory was confirmed today by Pope Francis and announced at a mass in the Cathedral of St Mary in Kilkenny, celebrated by Bishop Nulty and Monsignor Julian Kaboré who is the chargé d’affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland.