Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry

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Diocese of Derry

Dioecesis Derriena

Deoise Dhoire
St Eugene's Cathedral by Paride.jpg
St Eugene's Cathedral viewed from the walls of Derry
Country Northern Ireland
 Republic of Ireland
TerritoryMost of County Londonderry, some parishes in counties Tyrone and Antrim and County Donegal
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Armagh
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Armagh
Coordinates54°59′42″N 7°19′34″W / 54.995°N 7.326°W / 54.995; -7.326Coordinates: 54°59′42″N 7°19′34″W / 54.995°N 7.326°W / 54.995; -7.326
Area965 sq mi (2,500 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
243,229 (76.7%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralSt Eugene's Cathedral, Derry
Patron saintSt Eugene and St Columba
Current leadership
BishopDonal McKeown
Metropolitan ArchbishopEamon Martin
Vicar GeneralPaul McCafferty & Monsignor Andy Dolan
Bishops emeritusFrancis Lagan Auxiliary Emeritus to the Bishop of Derry (1988-2010)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry map.png

The Diocese of Derry (Irish: Deoise Dhoire) is a diocese in both the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland . It is in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. The diocese was established in the year 1158.[1] The diocese consists of almost fifty parishes and some number of religious congregations have houses in various parts of the diocese.

The Cathedral Church of the diocese is St Eugene's Cathedral. Nearby is St Columba's Church, Long Tower. Schools in the diocese include: St Joseph's Boys' School, Thornhill College, St Columb's College, Lumen Christi College.


Derry contains most of County Londonderry, some parishes in counties Tyrone and Antrim and the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal, and the parish of Lifford (Clonleigh) in East Donegal. As well as the city of Derry, the main towns are Buncrana, Coleraine, Lifford, Limavady, Maghera, Omagh and Strabane.


The following is a basic list of the post-Reformation Roman Catholic bishops and vicars apostolic.[2][3]

  • Redmond O'Gallagher (1569–1601)
  • See vacant (1601–1622)
  • Luke Rochford, vicar apostolic (appointed 1622)
  • Terence Kelly, vicar apostolic (1629–1668)
  • Eugene Conwell, vicar apostolic (appointed 1671)
  • Bernard O'Cahan, vicar apostolic (1684–1711)
  • Fergus Laurence Lea (1694–c. 1696)
  • See vacant (1711–1720)
  • Terence Donnelly (1720–unknown)
  • Neil Conway (1727–1738)
  • Michael O'Reilly (1739–1749)
  • John Brullaghhaun (1749–1750)
  • Patrick Bradley, O.P. (1751–1752)
  • John MacColgan (1752–1765)
  • Phillip MacDevitt (1766–1797)
  • Charles O'Donnell (1797–1824)
  • Peter MacLaughlin (1824–1840)
  • John MacLaughlin (1840–1864)
  • Francis Kelly (1864–1889)
  • John Keys O'Doherty (1889–1907)
  • Charles MacHugh (1907–1926)
  • Bernard O'Kane (1926–1939)
  • Neil Farren (1939–1973)
  • Edward Daly (1974–1993)
  • Séamus Hegarty (1994–2011)
  • Sede vacante (2011–2014)
  • Donal McKeown (2014–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Derry".
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 422–423. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  3. ^ "Diocese of Derry". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 19 June 2009.

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