Most Rev. Michael Neary, DD

Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway.

093-24166, Fax 093-28070. E-mail:



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



Sr. Mary Lyons, Archbishop’s House, Tuam.  Tel 093-24166. E-mail:


Cathedral Chapter

The Cathedral Chapter is comprised of a group of priests of the Diocese to whom specific liturgical and other roles are entrusted by canon law and by the Archbishop.  They are “canons” of the Diocese.



Rt. Rev. Mgr. Dermot Moloney, VG.



Fr. Patrick Williams, PE, Tealach Uilinn, Moycullen, Co. Galway.


Very Rev. John Cosgrove, PE, Crossboyne.

Very Rev. Conal Eustace, PP, Castlebar.

Very Rev. Austin Fergus, AP, Mayo Abbey.

Very Rev. Brendan Kilcoyne, PP, St.Mary’s,  Athenry.

Rt. Rev. Mgr. John O’Boyle, Diocesan Resource Office, Tuam.

Very Rev. Joseph O’Brien, PP, Abbeyknockmoy.

Very Rev. Padraic O’Connor, PE, Mountbellew.

Very Rev. James Quinn, CC, Taugheen.

Very Rev. Kieran Waldron, PE, Ballyhaunis.

Very Rev. Peter Waldron, AP, Keelogues.

Very Rev. James Walsh, AP, Kilmeena.

Very Rev. John Walsh, PP, Aghamore.


Honorary Canons

Very Rev. Eamon Concannon, PE, Knock.

Very Rev. Joseph Cooney, PP, Ballyhaunis.

Very Rev. Seamus Cunnane, PE, Grove House, Tuam.

Very Rev. John D. Flannery, PE, Milltown.

Very Rev. Martin Gleeson, PE, Belclare.

Very Rev. Michael Goaley, PE, Glenamaddy.

Very Rev. Des Grogan, PE, Partry.

Very Rev. James Kelly, AP, Tooreen.

Very Rev. Colm Kilcoyne, PE, Castlebar.

Very Rev. Tony King, PE, Westport.

Very Rev. Liam Kitt, PE, Cleveland/Mountbellew.

Very Rev. Joe Moloney, PE, Grove House, Tuam.

Very Rev. Martin Newell, AP, Claran, Headford.

Very Rev. Colm Ó Ceannabháin, PE, An Tulach, Baile na hAbhann.


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; Brendan Kilcoyne, P.P., Athenry; James Ronayne, P.P., Clifden; Fergal Cunnane, P.P., Dunmore, Charles McDonnell, Adm., Westport; Conal Eustace, P.P., Castlebar; Peter Gannon, P.P., Claremorris; Paddy Gilligan, P.P., (Cong) Ballinrobe.



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, Diocesan Resource Office, Tuam.



Vicar General

Rt. Rev. Mgr. Dermot Moloney, P.E, V.G.

093-52946.  E-mail:



Rev. Francis Mitchell, Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway. 093 24166. Fax: 093 28070


Secretaries in Diocesan Office

Ms. Noreen Raftery, Ms. Anne Gormally


Legal Secretary

Ms. Ann Walsh – Concanon and Meagher, Archbishop’s House, 093-24166. E-mail:



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 Mgr. Dermot Moloney, Vicar General.

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

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

(d) One priest representative of the Religious Orders working in the Diocese.


Members of the Present Council

The Fifteenth Council was elected in 2014.  They meet in the  Diocesan Resource Centre in the Grounds of St. Jarlath’s College. Fr. Seán Cunningham is the Chairman, Fr. Patrick Burke is the Treasurer and Fr. Shane Sullivan is the Secretary.


Members of the 15th Council

Archbishop Michael Neary, Ex-officio

Dermot Moloney, Ex-officio

Age Group Reps

Paddy Williams (Age-Group 1), Kieran Waldron (Age-Group 2) Pádraig O’Connor (Age-Group 3), Frank Fahey (Age-Group 4), Pat O’Brien (Age-Group 5), Hughie Loftus (Age-Group 6), Declan Carroll (Age-Group 7), Seán Cunningham (Age-Group 8).

Deanery Reps

Charlie McDonnell, Athenry, John Kenny, Dunmore, Joe Quinn, Claremorris, Raymond Flaherty, Tuam, Pat Donnellan, Westport, Conal Eustace, Ballinrobe, Fergal Cunnane, Castlebar, Gerry Burns, Clifden.

Archbishop’s Nominees

Paddy Mullins, Archbishop’s Nominee: Parish

Benny McHale, Archbishop’s Nominee: Retreats

Peter Connolly, Archbishop’s Nominee: Gaeltacht

Pat Farragher, Archbishop’s Nominee: Pastoral Councils

Michael Gormally, Archbishop’s Nominee: Youth / Islands

Diocesan Pastoral Council

Ms. Mary Trench, Hollymount (Chairperson), Ms. Mary Connell, Castlebar, (Secretary), Archbishop Michael Neary, Mgr. Dermot Moloney, Ms. Triona Bn. Uí Chonghaile, Tiernea, Ms. Kathleen Loftus, Newport, Sr. Catherine Buckley, Knock, Mr. Brendan Ridge, Letterfrack, Mr. David Harkin, Mountbellew, Ms. Sinean Sullivan, Clifden, Fr. Tod Nolan (Tuam).  Council of Priests Reps: Fr. Ray Flaherty, Fr. Pat Farragher.  Council of the Laity Reps: Ms. Eileen Gildea, Ms. Teresa Carney.  Diocesan Youth Council Reps: Mr. Stephen Bushell, Mr. Ray McGrath. Reps from the Diocesan Implementation Body: Ms. Rosaleen Crowe O’Neill,  Ms. Mary Connell, Ms. Anne McHale, Canon Tony King.



Aidan Gallagher (Louisburgh), Gerard Quirke (Tuam), Shane Costelloe (Taugheen), Ronan Armstrong (Claremorris), Pio Hartnett (Clifden and Donegal), Eric Hynes (Aghamore), David Leija (USA)


Diocesan Websites


Youth Ministry:


Social Networking Sites

Twitter Diocesan:

Facebook Diocesan:

Diocesan Youth Council:


Parish Websites

Athenry Parish:

Ballintubber Abbey:



Cummer: <>

Westport: <>

Dunmore Parish web address is <>




St. Jarlath’s College :



Diocesan Finance Committee

Archbishop Michael Neary, Mgr. Dermot Moloney, Mr. Gerard Concannon, Fr. Pat Farragher, Fr. Michéal Mannion, Fr. Joe O’Brien, Fr. Fintan Monahan, Canon Joe Cooney, Canon Martin Newell, Ms. Anne Corcoran, Judge Patrick Durkin, Mr. Stephen Burns


Diocesan Council of the Laity

Chairperson: Ms. Teresa Carney, (Castlebar)

Secretary: Ms. Eileen Gildea, (Dunmore) Executive Members: Sr. Dorothy Somers (Tuam), Ms. Mary Burke (Tuam), Ms. Margaret Grogan (Bekan), Ms. Anne McHale (Killawalla), Ms. Sal O’Connor (Kilmeena), Ms. Mairéad Staunton (Lecanvey)


National Council of the Laity

Diocesan Representative – Ms. Teresa Carney, (Castlebar)


Adult Education

Director: Rev. Tod Nolan, Diocesan Resource Centre, St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam 093-52284. E-mail;


Primary and Post Primary Schools Diocesan Secretariat

Rt. Rev. Msgr. John O’Boyle, Diocesan Resource Centre, Bishop Street, Tuam 093-52284. E-mail;


Primary Catechetics

Director: Mr. John McDonagh, Diocesan Resourc Centre, Bishop Street, Tuam, 093 52284.


Diocesan Advisors

Sr. Mary Johnson, Chapel Street, Castlebar, Ms. Claire O’Malley.


Primary Diocesan Education Committee CPSMA

Mr. Frank Burns (Chairperson), Ms. Rosaleen Crowe-O’Neill, Mr. Stiofán O’ Moráin, Ms. Deirdre Dennedy, Mr. Fergus Seoighe, Sr. Geraldine  Costello, Mr. Joe Carty,  An tUasal Ruairí Ó Domhnaill. Mgr. John O’ Boyle (Secretary).


Post Primary Religious Education

Sr. Margaret Buckley, Diocesan Resource Office, Bishop Street, Tuam, 093 52284, E-mail:

Sr. Mary Kenny, Diocesan Resource Office, Bishop Street, Tuam, 093 52284


Post Primary School Retreats

Fr. Benny McHale, New Line, Athenry, Co. Galway 091 844169.

Ballintubber Abbey, Knock Shrine, Esker in Athenry.

Ms Margaret Scollan 071 9186242 and Ms. Sheila McHugh 087 2459107.



St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway 093 24342

Mr. John Kelly (President) Tel 093 24248.  E-mail:

Rev. Francis Mitchell (Chaplain)

St. Colman’s College, Claremorris, Co. Mayo 094 9371442

Mr.  Jimmy Finn (Principal)

Rev. Peter Gannon (Chaplain), E-mail:


Advisory Council on Catholic Second Level Education

Sr. Mary Corr (Chairperson), Mr. Martin Hession (Secretary), Fr. Kieran Waldron, Sr. Dympna Stack, Canon Padraig O’Connor, Mr. Seosamh de Búrca, Mr. Liam Sadler. Mgr. John O’Boyle.


Safeguarding Children Committee

Ms. Maureen Walsh (Chairperson), Rev. Tod Nolan (Co-ordinator of Training), Ms. Noreen Sadler, Mr. Joe Staunton, Ms. Sandra Claxton, Msgr. John O’Boyle (Diocesan Designated Person), Ms. Mary Trench (Diocesan Designated Person).


Case Management Advisory Committee

Dr. Anthony Carney, Psychiatrist, Dr. Gabriel Fox Paediatrician, Dr. Mary Lyons, Canon Lawyer, Dr. John Canavan, Psychologist, Mr. Tony Doherty, Solicitor, Mrs. Maureen Walshe, Secondary Teacher, Chairperson Child Protection Committee, Dr. Ronan Waldron, Surgeon.



Canon Kieran Waldron, PE, Devlis, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, 093 49222. E-mail:



Canon Conal Eustace, PP, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 094 9541784. E-mail:

Anne Maguire, Tuam, Co. Galway. 093 24900.

Canon James Ronayne, Clifden, Co. Galway. 095 22125.


Fr. Fergal Cunnane, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 094 9021844.


Fr. Richard Gibbons, Knock, Co. Mayo. 094 9388100.




Fr. Gerry Burns, Clonbur, Co. Galway, 094 9546304




Fr. Stephen Farragher, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, 094 9630006 E-mail:


Family Life Services

Mr. Cathal Kearney, Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. 094 9025900.



Rev. Francis Mitchell, Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway 093 24166. E-mail:


Family Prayer Apostolate

Fr. Frank Fahey, Ballintubber Abbey, Ballintubber, Co. Mayo. 094 9030934.



Knock Marriage Bureau

Canon Joe Cooney, Knock, Co. Mayo.




Fr. Michael Molloy, PP, Moore, Fr. John Kenny, PP, Partry


Pastoral Councils

Rev. Patrick Farrahger, The Presbytery, Dublin Road, Tuam, Co. Galway, 093 24250



World Meeting of Families 2018

Rev. Francis Mitchell, Archbishiop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway, 093 24166. .



Mr. John B. McLoughlin, 3, Trinity Court, Tuam, Co. Galway. 093 28337.



Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Ms. Sheila Davin, Tuam, Co. Galway 086-8664633



Diocesan Coordinator – Very Rev. Michael Molloy, PP, Moore, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscommon 090 9673539


Polish Chaplaincy

Rev. Krzystof Sikora, Roundstone, Co. Galway 087-3230382


Pioneer Total Abstinence Association

Fr. John O’Gorman, PP, Menlough, Co. Galway. 090 9684818. E-mail:

Fr. Seán Cunningham, CC, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. E-mail:


Pontifical Mission Societies

Rev. Paddy Mooney, PP, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway 094 9659017. E-mail:


Order of Malta Chaplaincy

Fr. Denis Carney, PP, Balla, Co. Mayo. 094 9365025. E-mail:


G.M.I.T., Castlebar, Chaplaincy

C/O Daniel Caldwell, Mayo Campus 094 9025700..


Hospital Chaplaincy, Castlebar

Fr. Conal Eustace, Parochial House, Chapel Street, Castlebar 09490 21844.


Travellers’ Chaplaincy

Fr. Patrick Farragher, Adm., Tuam, Co. Galway. 093 24250.


L’Arche – National Chaplain

Fr. Fergal Cunnane, PP, Dunmore, Co. Galway. 093 38124.



Vocations Committee

Fr. Francis Mitchell, Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway. 093 24166.

Archbishop Michael Neary, Siobhán Bradley, Fr. Michael Murphy, Fr. Tod Nolan, Fr. Stephen Farragher, Fr. Francis Mitchell, Fr. Pat Burke, Fr. Kryzstof Sikora, Fr. Shane Sullivan.


Youth Ministry – World youth day Pilgrimage Co-ordinators

Ms. Siobhán Bradley, Diocesan Resource Office, Tuam 093-52284

Fr. Tod Nolan – Newport 098 41123. E-mail:  and Fr. Charlie McDonnell, Westport 098 28871


Diocesan Youth Council (DYC)

Chairperson: Cliona Feerick (Ballinrobe), Secretary:
Stephen Bushell (Corofin), Ray McGrath (Milltown), Sinéad McManus (Westport), Trish O’Brien (Kilmaine), Kate Costello (Abbeyknockmoy), Adrian Skelly (Caherlistrane), Gerry Glennon (Ballinlough), Fr Sean Cunningham (Tuam), Kevin Concannon (Knock), Fr Tod Nolan (Tuam)

Website: www.dyctuam.ieContact:

Mission Statement of DYC
Tuam Diocesan Youth Council is inspired by Jesus’ special love and care for young people. It seeks to help young people to live as followers of Jesus and to take an active role in the life and ministry of our Church. Tuam Diocesan Youth Council endeavours to ensure that all young people from our diocese are afforded opportunities to celebrate, experience, live and explore their faith in meaningful ways. It will do this by facilitating, supporting and resourcing faith centred events at diocesan and parish level.


Tuam Diocesan Youth Gospel Choir

The choir, made up of young people from the ages of 16-23, will have monthly rehearsals and sing at diocesan youth events. For more information, e-mail us at


World Meeting of Families 2018

The Ninth World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin 22-26 August 2018.  The temporarywebsite for the event is: www.worldmeeting2018ie <>    The national coordinator for the event is Fr. Timothy Bartlett and the Programme Manager is Ms. Anne Griffin.

The World Meeting of Families Steering Group in the Diocese will be formed in the near future.



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

Eamonn Concannon, PE, Knock, Co. Mayo.

Joe Cooney, PE, Knock, Co. Mayo

John D. Flannery, PE, Milltwon, Co. Galway.

Michael Goaley, PE, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway.

Des Grogan, PE, Partry, Co. Mayo.

Colm Kilcoyne, PE, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Christopher Kilkelly, Drumcondra, Dublin.

Enda Lyons, DD, Tuam, Co. Galway.

John McCarthy, PE, Roundstone, Co. Galway.

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

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

Kieran Waldron, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.

Paddy Williams, PE, Gort an Clochar, Kilkee, Co. Clare.



7 Waterside, Woodquay, Galway.

091 565179 Fax: 091 563512 e-mail

Judicial Vicar/Judge/Instructor

Fr. Albert McDonnell, STL, JCL.


Fr. Barry Horan, JCL; Sr. Mary Lyons, RSM, JCD; Máiréad Uí Mhurchadha; Very Rev. Brendan Kilcoyne, JCL; Fr. Francis Mitchell, JCL


Nicola Burke


Mairéad Collins; Mairéad Kavanagh; Brid Powell.

Tuam Diocesan Judicial Group

Sr. Mary Lyons, RSM, JCD; Canon Tony King, P.P. Athenry, Fr. Patrick Gill, A.P, Lecanvey, Westport; Mgr. John O’Boyle, Diocesan Resource Office, Tuam; Fr. James Walsh, P.P., Kilmeena; Fr. Patrick Williams, P.E., Tealach Uilinn, Moycullen. Canon Brendan Kilcoyne, St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam.

Tuam Defender of the Bond

Joseph Canon Moloney, P.E., Tuam.

National Appeals Tribunal

Rev. Fr. Brian Flynn (Administrator), Rev. Fr. Michael Smyth, MSC (Judicial Vicar), Fr. Paddy Gill, Lecanvey, Archdeacon Paddy Williams, Monivea, Canon Michael Goaley, Glenamaddy,  Mgr. John O’Boyle, Tuam, Rev. Brendan Kilcoyne, Athenry, Canon Tony King, Athenry.

Auditors from Tuam Archdiocese

Nancy Lyons, Clonberne; Ann Walsh, Kilcloghans, Tuam; John Flannnery, P.E., Milltown; Francis Fahey, C.C., Ballintubber; Ann Fergus, Mercy Sisters, Castlebar;  William Reilly, P.P., Clonbur; Joseph Feeney, P.P., Ballinlough; James Walsh, P.P., Kilmeena.

The Marriage Tribunal is one of the caring agencies of the Catholic Church.  In carrying out its task, the Tribunal must bear a two-fold witness:

  • it must bear witness to the bond of marriage;
  • it must bear witness to the justice and compassion of Christ for those who have     suffered from a marriage whose validity may be questioned on recognized grounds.

The Tribunal is approached only when every effort to bring about reconciliation in a particular marriage has ended in failure.  Those who wish to have the circumstances of their marriage investigated may contact the Tribunal directly or through their local priest.

Four Regional Marriage Tribunals were established in Ireland by the Irish Episcopal Conference on March 24th 1975.  They are located respectively in Armagh, Dublin, Cork and Galway cities.


Safeguarding Children

In February ’10 the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee published the Safeguarding Children Policy for the Archdiocese. The Policy includes a Code of Conduct, Core Procedures and a Confidentiality Statement. It is the policy for all parishes of the diocese and for all diocesan agencies.

In accordance with the Safeguarding Policy each parish has a trained Local Safeguarding Representative. The role of the Local Safeguarding Representative is to promote awareness of the Safeguarding Children Policy and to support its implementation at local level.

If there is any concern about the welfare or safety of a child/young person the following procedure will be followed by all church personnel and volunteers.

All concerns, suspicions, disclosures or allegations of abuse must be referred as soon as is possible to a Diocesan Designated Person.

The Archdiocese has appointed two Designated Persons:

Mons John O Boyle (093 52284) and Ms Mary Trench (087 9315823).


Diocesan Youth Council

The Tuam Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) was formed in January 2008. Made up of a core group of 12 young people it is inspired by Jesus’ special love and care for young people. It seeks to help young people to live as followers of Jesus and to take an active role in the life and ministry of our Church. Tuam Diocesan Youth Council endeavors to ensure that all young people from our diocese are afforded opportunities to celebrate, experience, live and explore their faith in meaningful ways. It will do this by facilitating, supporting and resourcing faith centered events at diocesan and parish level.

The DYC runs annual events such as an Easter Dawn Mass in Cong and a Midsummer’s Night Mass in Ballintubber. Each year it leads a youth pilgrimage along the Tochar Pádraig from Ballintubber to Croagh Patrick and it organizes the Annual Youth Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on the second Sunday of May.

Other activities which DYC coordinates include:

The Pope John Paul II Awards: The Pope John Paul II award is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 18 and invites and challenges them to become more actively involved in the life of their parish and local community.

Diocesan Youth Gospel Choir: Formed in January ’10 the Youth Gospel Choir provides an opportunity for young people to gather in a fun environment to sing together. The Choir leads our music at diocesan youth events.

Pilgrimages: In 2010 the DYC organized a Third Level Pilgrimage to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, In 2011 a group of young people from our diocese will take part in World Youth Day which will be held in Madrid, Spain.

More information an all DYC can be had on or by emailing