Fr Joe O’Neill is a native of Ballybrittas in County Laois.
He studied Mechanical Engineering in what was then Carlow Regional Technical College. During his time in college, and inspired by a neighbour who had taken this path in life, he chose to begin his journey to the priesthood. Fr. Joe joined the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart before transferring to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. He was ordained in 1998 and has worked in the parishes of Portlaoise, Bagenalstown, Prosperous and most recently Naas parish in Co Kildare.
In December of 2018, he was presented with the opportunity to join the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People as Chaplain to the Deaf Community.