Diocesan Curia/Administration



Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dermot Moloney PP, VG, 5 Gold Cave, Crescent, Tuam, Co. Galway. Tel 093 52946



Sr. Mary Lyons, RSM, JCD

Address: Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway. Tel: 093-24166. E-mail: chancellortuam@gmail.com.



Venerable Patrick Williams, PE, Teaghlach Uilinn, Moycullen, Co. Galway, Retired.



Rev. Francis Mitchell, Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway. Tel: 093 24166.  E-mail:  admin@tuamarchdiocese.org



Staff at Archbishop’s House June 2016

Front Row: Ms. Anne Walsh, Mrs. Noreen Raftery, Mrs. Anne Gormally, Mrs. Ellen Dooley, Sr. Mary Lyons.

Back Row: Mgr. John O’Boyle, Fr. Fintan Monahan, Archbishop Michael Neary, Mgr. Dermot Moloney, VG



Priests of the Archdiocese who, on the nomination of the Archbishop, have been chosen by the Holy See for this honorary position which confers on them the title of “Monsignor”.

Dermot Moloney, PE, VG, Tuam, John O’Boyle, Director of Education and Child Protection, Diocean Resource Office, Tuam.

Vicars Forane

The Vicars Forane are priests who are appointed for specific leadership roles within each deanery.

The present Vicars Forane are:

Joseph O’Brien, P.P., Abbeyknockmoy; Tuam Deanery.

Brendan Kilcoyne, P.P., Athenry; Athenry Deanery.

James Ronayne, P.P., Clifden; Clifden Deanery.

Fergal Cunnane, P.P., Dunmore, Dunmore Deaneary.

Charlie McDonnell, Adm., Westport; Westport Deanery.

Conal Eustace, P.P., Castlebar; Castlebar Deanery.

Martin O’Connor, P.P., Ballindine; Claremorris Deanery.

Paddy Gilligan, P.P., Cong: Ballinrobe Deanery.



The Code of Canon Law defines a Council of Priests of a Diocese as : A group of priests who represent the presbyterium and who are to be, as it were, the Bishop’s senate. The Council’s role is to assist the Bishop, in accordance with the law, in the governance of the diocese, so that the pastoral welfare of that portion of the people of God entrusted to the Bishop may be effectively promoted. (Canon 495)

The Council’s role is to assist the Bishop in a consultative capacity.

The Tuam Diocesan Council holds office for three years and is made up of:

(a) Ex officio members, Archbishop Neary and Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dermot Moloney, Vicar General.

(b) Elected representatives of the Various Deaneries and Age-Groups.

(c) Individual priests appointed by the Archbishop for specific reasons.


Members of the Present Council

The Sixteenth Council was elected in 2015. They meet in the Diocesan Resource Centre in the Grounds of St. Jarlath’s College. Rev. Seán Cunningham is Chairman, Canon Brendan Kilcoyne is Vice-Chairperson, Very Rev. Michéal Mannion is the Treasurer and Rev. Shane Sullivan is the Secretary.

Standing l-r: Brendan Kilcoyne, Máirtín Ó Conaire, Shane Sullivan, John O Gorman, Jarlath Heraty, Stephen Farragher, Ronnie Boyle, Karl Burns, Martin O Connor, Dermot Molony. Seated: l-R: Joe Feeney, Micheál Mannion, Sean Cunningham, Tod Nolan, +Michael Neary, John Walsh, Kieran Waldron. Photo Courtesy of Stephen Farragher.
Standing l-r: Brendan Kilcoyne, Máirtín Ó Conaire, Shane Sullivan, John O Gorman, Jarlath Heraty, Stephen Farragher, Ronnie Boyle, Karl Burns, Martin O Connor, Dermot Molony.
Seated: l-R: Joe Feeney, Micheál Mannion, Sean Cunningham, Tod Nolan, +Michael Neary, John Walsh, Kieran Waldron. Photo Courtesy of Stephen Farragher.

Members of the 16th Council

Most Rev. Archbishop Michael Neary, Ex-officio

Rt. Rev. Mgr. Dermot Moloney, VG, Ex-officio


Age Group Reps

Very Rev. Kieran Canon Waldron              Age Groups 1&2:

Very Rev. Martin Canon O’Connor            Age Groups 3&4

Very Rev. Stephen Farragher                    Age Groups 5&6

Rev. Shane Sullivan                                 Age Groups 7&8


Deanery Reps

Very Rev. Brendan Canon Kilcoyne          Athenry

Very Rev. Micheál Mannion                      Ballinrobe

Rev. Sean Cunningham                                     Castlebar

Very Rev. Peter Gannon                           Claremorris

Very Rev. Francis Mitchell                       Clifden

Very Rev. Joseph Feeney                          Dunmore

Very Rev. Jarlath Heraty                          Tuam

Rev. Karl Burns                                       Westport


Archbishop’s Nominees

Very Rev. John Canon Walsh                   Archbishop’s Nominee

Very Rev. Ronnie Boyle                            Archbishop’s Nominee

Very Rev. Máirtín Ó Conaire                     Archbishop’s Nominee

Very Rev. John O’Gorman                        Archbishop’s Nominee


The Fifteenth Council came into existence in Spring 2012.  Chairperson is Martin O’Connor and Stephen Farragher and Secretary is Karl Burns.  Picture – Back Row: Stephen Farragher, Tony King, Pat Farragher, Francis Mitchell, Billy Reilly.  Front Row: Ciarán Blake, Archbishop Michael Neary, Martin O’Connor, Karl Burns.  Mgr. Dermot Moloney is missing from photo.

The Fourteenth Council came into existence on Friday, February, 20th, 2009 in the New Diocesan Resource Centre in the Grounds of St. Jarlath’s College. Fr. Ray Flahertyis the new Chairman, Fr. Sean Cunninghamis the Vice-chairman, Fr. Gerry Burns is the Treasurer and Fr. Pat Farragherl is the Secretary. We wish them well in their work during the term of the council.

Absent from photo: Mgr. John O’Boyle, Fr. Eamonn Concannon, Fr. Fr. Hughie Loftus, Fr. Ciarán Blake and Fr. Ronnie Boyle (This is a picture of the 13th Council – we await on of the 14th!)

Members of the 13th Council

Archbishop Michael Neary (ex-officio)

Dermot Moloney (ex-officio)

Age Group Reps: Paddy Williams, Des Fahey, Padraig O’Connor, Frank Fahey, Pat O’Brien, Hughie Loftus, Declan Carroll, Seán Cunningham.

Deanery Reps: Charlie McDonnell, Des Walsh, Joe Quinn, Ray Flaherty, Pat Donnellan, Conal Eustace, Michael Murphy, Gerry Burns.

Archbishop’s Nominees: Paddy Mullins (Parish), Benny McHale (Retreats), Peter Connolly (Gaeltacht), Pat Farragher (Pastoral Councils), Michael Gormally (Islands).


The Last Council (12th Council) pictured at their final meeting in Archbishop’s House in December, 2005.

Finance Committee

Dermot Moloney, PP, Crossboyne; Joe O’Brien, PP, Abbeyknockmoy; Joseph Cooney, PE, Ballyhaunis; Martin Newell, AP, Claran, Patrick Farragher, Adm., Tuam; Fintan Monahan, Diocesan Secretary. Lay Members of the finance committee: Gerard Concannon, Claremorris, Anne Corcoran, Westport, Stephen Burns, Castlebar.



in Ireland

Eamon Conway, DD, Head of Religious Studies, University of Limerick.

John Gavin, c/o Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Seamus Cunnane, Grove House, Tuam, Co. Galway.

Michael O’Malley, c/o Archbishop’s House, Tuam.

Denis Gallagher, c/o Archbishop’s House, Tuam.

Thomas Gallagher, c/o Archbishop’s House, Tuam.

Michael Whelan, c/o Archbishop’s House, Tuam .


Padraig Audley, PE, An Cheathrú Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe

Eamon Concannon, PE, Knock, Co. Mayo

Joe Cooney, PE, Carrowmore Meadows,  Knock, Co. Mayo

Attie Devine, Abbeybreaffy, Nursing Home, Castlebar, Co. Mayo



John D. Flannery, PE, Cartron, Milltown, Co. Galway

Jack Garvey, PE, Clonbur Road, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Michael Goaley, PE, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway.

Des Grogan, PE, Partry, Co. Mayo

Sean Kilbane, SMA, retired in Clonfad, Moore Parish.

Colm Kilcoyne, PE, 20, Rathbawn Drive, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Tony King, PE, Westport, Co. Mayo.

Paul Keane, Ballycrodick, Dunhill, Co. Waterford.

Christy Kilkelly, C/O Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway

Dr. Enda Lyons, Bermingham Road, Tuam, Co. Galway.

John McCarthy, 76, Carrowmore Meadows, Knock, Co. Mayo

Enda McDonagh, DD, LCL, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. 01 6285222.


Joe Moloney, PE, Grove House, Tuam, Co. Galway

Joseph Moran, PE, Abbeybreaffy Nursing Home, Co. Mayo.


Máirtín Ó Lainn, PE, An Cheathrú Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe.

Kieran Waldron, PE, Devlis,  Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.


Archdeacon Paddy Williams, PE, 6 Gort an Clochair, Tulla, Kilkee. Clare


Page of Pictures from the Diocesan Inservice, October, 2005

Inservice Pictures


Some of the Priests of the Archdiocese on Retreat in Knock, Summer, 2005

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