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Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe

The Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe (Full title: United Dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly) is a diocese in the Church of Ireland, located in Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. It is one of the twelve Church of Ireland dioceses which cover the whole of Ireland. The diocese covers all of counties Limerick, Kerry and Clare, plus parts of counties Galway, Cork and North Tipperary.

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Trevor Williams who was elected on 6 May 2008[1] and consecrated at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 11 July 2008.[2]

Overview and history

When the Church in England broke communion with the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, a similar new body became the State Church in the Kingdom of Ireland. It assumed possession of most Church property (and so retained a great repository of religious architecture and other items, though some were later destroyed). The substantial majority of the population remained faithful to Roman Catholicism, despite the political and economic advantages of membership in the state church. They were obliged to find alternative premises and to conduct their services in secret. The English-speaking minority mostly adhered to the Church of Ireland or to Presbyterianism. In 1833, the two provinces of Dublin and Cashel were merged. Over the centuries, a number of dioceses were merged (see below), in view of declining membership. It is for this reason that the united diocese has three cathedrals.

Predecessor dioceses

The present united diocese dates from 1976, the end result of a number of mergers of sees beginning in the seventeenth century:[3]

Ancient dioceses Unions before 1976 1976
Diocese of Ardfert & Aghadoe 1661: Diocese of Limerick, Ardfert & Aghadoe Diocese of Limerick & Killaloe
Diocese of Limerick
Diocese of Clonfert 1602: Diocese of Clonfert & Kilmacduagh 1834: Diocese of Killaloe & Clonfert
Diocese of Kilmacduagh
Diocese of Kilfenora 1752: Diocese of Killaloe & Kilfenora
Diocese of Killaloe
Diocese of Emly United to Cashel from 1569-1976


Five others are in ruins or no longer exist:

Parish Groups

The diocese is divided into a number of parish groups.[7]

  • Adare Group: St Nicholas', Adare • Croom • St Andrew's, Kilfinane • St Peter & St Paul's, Kilmallock • St Beacon's, Kilpeacon • Knockaney.
  • Aughrim Group: St Catherine's, Ahascragh • Ardrahan • Holy Trinity, Aughrim • St Matthew's, Clontuskert • St John the Evangelist's, Creagh • Woodlawn, Kilconell.
  • Birr Group: St Brendan's, Birr • Dorrha • Lockeen • St Ruadhan's, Lorrha.
  • Clonfert (Cathedral) Group: St Brendan's Cathedral, Clonfert • St John the Baptist's, Donanaughta • Christ Church's, Lickmolassy • St Paul's, Rynagh.
  • Cloughjordan Group: Ballingarry • Borrisnafarney • Borrisokane • St Kieran's, Cloughjordan.
  • Drumcliffe (Ennis) Group: St Columba, Drumcliffe • Kilfarboy • St Fachan's, Kilfenora • St James', Kilfieragh • Kilnasoolagh • Christ Church's, Shannon.
  • Kenmare Group: St Michael & All Angels', Dromod • St Patrick's, Kenmare • Church of the Transfiguration, Kilcrohane • St John the Baptist's, Valentia.
  • Kilcolman (Milltown) Group: St John's, Glenbeigh • Kilcolman • St Michael's, Killorglin • St Carthage's, Kiltallagh • Knockane.
  • Killaloe (Cathedral) Group: Inniscaltra • St Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe[8] • St Senan's, Kiltinanlea • All Saints', Stradbally • St Cronan, Tuamgraney.
  • Killarney Group: St Mary, Killarney • Holy Trinity, Muckross.
  • Limerick (Cathedral) Group: St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick • Abington • St Michael's, Limerick.
  • Nenagh Group: Killodiernan • St Mary's, Nenagh • Templederry.
  • Rathkeale Group: St Mary's, Askeaton • Kilcornan • Kilnaughtin • Holy Trinity, Rathkeale.
  • Roscrea Group: St Burchin's, Bourney • Christ Church's, Corbally • St Molua, Kyle • St Cronan's, Roscrea.
  • Shinrone Group:[9] Aghancon • Dunkerrin • St Finnian's, Kinnitty • St Mary's, Shinrone.
  • Tralee Group: Ballymacelligott • Ballyseedy • St James's, Dingle • Kilgobbin, Camp • Killiney, Castlegregory • St John's, Tralee.
  • Plus the University of Limerick.

List of bishops

See also


External links

  • Official Website
  • Crockford's Clerical Directory - Listings

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