My name is Fr Joe O’Neill and I am a native of Ballybrittas in county Laois
I studied Mechanical Engineering in what was then Carlow Regional Technical College. During my time in college, and inspired by a neighbour who had taken this path in life. I chose to begin my journey to the priesthood. I joined the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart before transferring to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. I was ordained in 1998 and I have worked in the parished of Portlaoise, Bagenalstown, Prosperous and most recently Naas parish in Co Kildare.
In December of 2018, I was presented with the opportunity to join the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People as Chaplain to the Deaf Community.
Th Journey so far has been amazing, people have been very helpful and encouraging as I set about learning Irish Sign Language – from scratch. So far so good!
I am happy to be here in Deaf Village Ireland in Cabra and look forward to working with my fellow chaplains in serving the Deaf Community
With kind regards