Most Reverend Martin Drennan DD
Retired as Bishop 29 July 2016
Martin Drennan was born on 2 January 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny. Educated at Tobernabrone National School and Saint Kieran's College, Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth and was ordained in 1968. Subsequently he was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Continuing his studies at the Biblical Institute in Rome he was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture in 1971.
On his return to Ireland he served as curate in Saint Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny and in Ballycallan. From 1975 to 1980 he taught Scripture in the seminary at Saint Kieran's College. He then returned to Rome to serve as spiritual director to the students of the Irish College until 1985.
During the summer of 1985 he was appointed Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth. He continued to teach there until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with pastoral responsibility for the East Wicklow and South Dublin areas.
He was installed as Bishop of Galway & Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora on 3 July 2005.
Coat of Arms
The motto Comhoidhrí le Críost (co-heirs with Christ) is from Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans (8:17) where he emphasises the dignity and sure hope of a great destiny which are given to the followers of Christ.
The coat of arms draws attention to aspects of the joy of our Christian identity. In the centre is the Bible, opened at the beginning of the Gospel of John. The word of God offers a continual reminder to Christians of their deepest identity.
The fleur-de-lis at the top left is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin who grasped the full implications of her dignity as someone chosen and loved by God.
The Celtic Cross on the right is a reminder of our history and links with generations of Irish people who have gone before us.
At the bottom is a flowering blackthorn, making a connection with the family name Drennan (Ó Draighneáin).
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