Living as a priest also leaves room for sports and more

My name is Cian O Sullivan. I am living in the vibrant village of Ballincollig. I am originally from Bandon in West Cork! As somebody wise once said to me — always be proud of where you are from- no matter how big or small that place is. 

I have lived in many places in Cork City. I lived in Mayfield for two years followed by putting down roots in Mahon for another three years. I lived in Farranree for nine years.

Eventually in late 2015 l arrived in Ballincollig. I am so fortunate that each place l lived and made my home in were both places of welcome and warmth. 

I spent 14 years working in Education. I was a Public Servant for most of my adult live. I worked in Mayfield Community School part time for two years. I was a full-time staff member of Nagle Community College for three years. I spent nine years as a member of the School Community in Glanmire Community College. I retired of sorts as a Public Servant at 39!!!! 

I spent the summer of 2015 in the coastal parish of Timoleague and Clogagh as a curate.

Life isn’t just about work. I have numerous interests: current affairs, history, sport and since l came to live in Ballincollig l enjoy some gardening as in l remember to water my plants and flowers!!!! 

I am member of Ballincollig GAA Club since 2020. I am involved with one of the Adult Hurling teams in the club. I have a huge passion in developing and encouraging talent in particular- from the age of 18 upwards. 

l was lucky to be involved with adult teams in Sarsfield’s Hurling Club in Riverstown. I spent numerous years with many adult teams in Blackrock. I have more clubs than a golfer!!! 

I began my working life in Cork in 2001. I was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Cork and Ross in April 2000. On the 21 June 2003 l was ordained a Priest in my home town of Bandon. I have been so lucky and fortunate in my life so far to do so much and also be a Priest. 

In January 2020 Bishop Fintan Gavin appointed me as the Diocesan Director of Vocations to the Priesthood. My new role is to promote and support those interested in becoming a Priest in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. 

Fr Cian can be contacted at vocations@corkandross.org and at 021-4877161.