Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe

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United Dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly
Coat of arms of the United Dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceDublin and Cashel
CathedralSt Mary's Cathedral, Limerick,
Killaloe Cathedral,
Clonfert Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopKenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe

The Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe (Full title: The United Dioceses of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly) is a diocese of the Church of Ireland that is located in mid-western Ireland. The diocese was formed by a merger of neighbouring dioceses in 1976. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin. It is one of the twelve Church of Ireland dioceses that cover the whole of Ireland. The diocese covers all of counties Limerick, Kerry and Clare, plus parts of counties Galway, Cork and Tipperary.

The current bishop is Kenneth Kearon, who was to be consecrated in January 2015.[1] The previous bishop was Trevor Williams who was elected on 6 May 2008[2] and consecrated at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 11 July 2008.[3]

Overview and history[edit]

Diocese Highlighted

When the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church broke communion, it was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, the Church of Ireland became the independent State Church of 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. 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[edit]

The present united diocese dates from 1976, the end result of a number of mergers of sees beginning in the seventeenth century:[4]

Ancient dioceses Unions before 1976 1976
Diocese of Ardfert & Aghadoe 1661: Diocese of Limerick, Ardfert and 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


St. Brendan's Cathedral, Ardfert
St. Fachnan's Cathedral, Kilfenora

Five others are in ruins or no longer exist:

Parish Groups[edit]

The diocese is divided into a number of parish groups.[8]

  • 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[9] • St Senan's, Kiltinanlea • All Saints', Stradbally • St. Cronan's Church, 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:[10] 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[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Bishop Elected". The United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  2. ^ Canon Trevor Williams Elected Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe. Retrieved on 9 January 2009.
  3. ^ Consecration of the Rt Revd Trevor Williams as Bishop of Limerick. Retrieved on 9 January 2009.
  4. ^ Galloway, Peter (1992). The Cathedrals of Ireland. Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast. pp. 10, 48, 97, 142. ISBN 0853894523.
  5. ^ St Mary's Cathedral, Limerick. Retrieved on 9 January 2009.
  6. ^ St Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe. Retrieved on 9 January 2009.
  7. ^ a b The Cathedral Churches of Limerick and Killaloe. Retrieved on 9 January 2009.
  8. ^ Parish Information. Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe website. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  9. ^ St Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe. Retrieved on 7 September 2009.
  10. ^ Shinrone Group of Parishes. Retrieved on 7 September 2009.

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