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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

Dean of Waterford appointed – The Reverend Bruce Hayes


The Reverend Bruce Hayes, currently rector of Dalkey parish in the Diocese of Dublin & Glendalough, has been appointed dean of Waterford and rector of Waterford Union of Parishes in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory. His installation as dean and institution as rector will take place on Wednesday April 6 at 7 p.m.

The announcement of the new appointment was made by Bishop Michael Burrows on Sunday morning, December 19th 2021.

Making the announcement Bishop Burrows said:

The appointment of Bruce Hayes as dean of Waterford is great news for parish and diocese. We look forward to benefiting from his energy, positivity and pastoral commitment. He brings to his new parish rich experience from contexts as different as Skibbereen, Co Cork and Dalkey, Co Dublin. Waterford will discover him to be joyful in his approach, and sensitive in his care.

The dean – elect is married to Samantha and they have three sons. He was born in Dublin and grew up in Tullow, County Dublin. He graduated from UCD in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy, was ordained deacon in 2001, and priest the following year.

He served at Saint Finnian’s Church, in Belfast, as a curate and accepted the call to Abbeystrewry Union in Cork in 2004 where he served as rector until 2013. He then returned to Dublin to serve as rector of St. Patrick’s Church, Dalkey. A rugby fan, he also enjoys vegetable growing and carpentry.

“I look forward to getting to know the people and the city of Waterford,” he says, “and trust they will hold my family and I in their prayers whilst we prepare for the move.”