Large crowds are expected at Galway Cathedral this afternoon for the installation of Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway. He was formally the Bishop of Achonry.

Among those in attendance today will be his family and friends, representatives from church groups across the diocese and public representatives , including President Michael D. Higgins.

A Derrybrien native, Brendan Kelly will become the Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora at a 3pm Mass in Galway Cathedral this afternoon..

A letter from Pope Francis will be read by Canon Michael McLoughlin at the opening of the ceremony, which will also involve the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary and the retired Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan.

The Cathedral choir will perform music for the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Bishop Kelly will proceed outside the Cathedral for an informal reception where he will meet members of the congregation.

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