Fr Paddy Byrne (Source: Twitter)
Carlow born priest Fr Paddy Byrne is set to leave his position in Portlaoise for a new role as parish priest in Abbeyleix, also taking in Raheen.
Fr Byrne took to Twitter to reveal the news and said he was "enthused" after seven happy and fulfilling years in Portlaoise Parish to be appointed as parish priest to the parishes of Abbeyleix and Raheen.
He will be replacing Fr John Cummins in Abbeyleix, who died tragically in an accident earlier this year.
After 7 very happy and fulfilling years in @PortlaoiseParis I’ve been appointed as Parish Priest to the parishes of Abbeyleix and Raheen. I’m enthused and really looking forward to the challenge. My life as a priest is challenging in times of transition. Pray for me.— fr Paddy (@frpaddybyrne) May 28, 2019