Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry

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Diocese of Derry
Dioecesis Derrienus
Deoise Dhoire
St Eugene's Cathedral by Paride.jpg
St Eugene's Cathedral viewed from the walls of Derry
Country Mostly in Northern Ireland, and partly in the Republic of Ireland
Territory Most of County Londonderry, some parishes in counties Tyrone and Antrim and County Donegal
Ecclesiastical province Province of Armagh
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Armagh
Coordinates 54°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
Area 965 sq mi (2,500 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
243,229 (76.7%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry
Patron saint St Eugene and St Columba
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Donal McKeown
Metropolitan Archbishop Eamon Martin
Emeritus Bishops Edward Kevin Daly Bishop Emeritus of Derry (1974-1993)
Séamus Hegarty Bishop Emeritus of Derry (1994-2011)
Francis 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 the north of 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.


Main article: Bishop of Derry

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 (from 23 November 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 2009-06-19. 

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