Martin Drennan

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The Right Reverend
Martin Drennan
Bishop Emeritus of Galway and Kilmacduagh
and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus of Kilfenora
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Diocese Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora
Installed 2005
Term ended 2016
Predecessor James McLoughlin
Successor not yet determined
Other posts Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin and Titular Bishop of Aquae Regiae 1997–2005
Ordination 16 July 1968 (Priest)
Consecration 21 September 1997 (Bishop)
Personal details
Birth name Martin Drennan
Born (1944-01-02) 2 January 1944 (age 73)
Piltown, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Denomination Roman Catholic Church

Martin Drennan (born 2 January 1944) is the former Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Kilfenora. Pope Francis accepted his resignation on July 29, 2016.[1]

Early life and ordination[edit]

He was born in Piltown,[2] County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Priest and Professor[edit]

He studied at Maynooth seminary and the Biblical Institute, Rome was ordained to the priesthood on 16 July 1968 for the Diocese of Ossory[3] Following this was two years of parish work at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny and Ballycallan parishes. He taught Scripture in St Kieran's College, Kilkenny (1973–80) before returning to study in Rome and concurrently serving as Spiritual Director at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome (1980–85).

When he returned to Ireland he was appointed to the Faculty of Theology in Maynooth College (1985–97) rising to the position of Professor of Old Testament. He also taught Hebrew.

On 28 May 1997, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin and Titular Bishop of Aquae Regiae.[4]


He was consecrated on 21 September 1997. The principal consecrator was Cardinal Desmond Connell; his principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Luciano Storero, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and Laurence Forristal, the Bishop of Ossory.

In May 2005 he was appointed to the Diocese of Galway in succession to Dr James McLoughlin. He officially resigned as bishop on July 29, 2016, citing poor health.[1]

Abuse scandal[edit]

In November 2009, there were several calls for Bishop Drennan to resign from his post for his inclusion as part of the Murphy Report, surrounding a sexual abuse scandal in the Dublin archdiocese.

Bishop Drennan said that he did not feel disturbed by the Dublin diocesan report's discussion of his role. He said: "The report says nothing negative about me in fact, you know. I don’t think I have any questions to answer, in fact, from my own reflections on the time there."[5]

The report's assessment was that the Archdiocese acted correctly in addressing the issue that relates to Dr Drennan given the fact that the civil authorities brought no charges against the priest in question.[6]


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  2. ^ "Location of Piltown". Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Pope Benedict appoints Dr Martin Drennan as new Bishop of Galway". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  4. ^ "Bishop Martin Drennan: Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Drennan untroubled at mention in report". Irish Times. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
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