The Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary has formally submitted his resignation to the Vatican.
Archbishop Neary recently celebrated his 75th birthday, and on reaching that age, it is mandatory under Canon Law for bishops to offer their resignation to the Pope.
Dr Neary has served as Archbishop for 26 years, and will continue in the role until his successor is appointed by Pope Francis.
Born in Castlebar, he was ordained in 1971 and held a number of teaching and clerical roles both in Ireland and Italy, until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Tuam in 1992.
Dr Neary was named archbishop in January 1995 and has been telling Midwest News today that there has been very special moments for him during his time as Archbishop.