FATHER Fintan Gavin, who has Mayo roots, will be ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Cork & Ross on Sunday.
This will be the first ordination of a Catholic Bishop in Cork since 1984 when Bishop John Buckley was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese.
Born and raised in Dublin, Fr. Gavin's grandparents and ancestors hailed from Midfield, near Swinford. His grandparents were Paddy and Mary Gavin from Tullinahoo.
Aged 53, he is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters and was ordained in 1991.
Fr. Gavin played hurling and football with Saint Vincent’s GAA Club, and was a member of Marino Athletic Club. He is fluent in Italian and Spanish and enjoys keeping fit, walking, cooking - especially vegetarian, and gardening.
The ordination on Sunday is at 3 p.m. and takes place in the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne in Cork City. The attendance will include Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, SMA of Cashel and Emly, and Bishop John Buckley. Each of the 68 parishes of the diocese will have representatives at the ceremony.
The ceremony will be live-streamed at www.corkandross.org.