Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora
|Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh
Dioecesis Galviensis, Duacensis et Finaborensis
|Country||Republic of Ireland|
|Territory||Parts of counties Mayo, Galway and Clare|
|Ecclesiastical province||Province of Tuam|
|Metropolitan||Archdiocese of Tuam|
|Area||1,008 sq mi (2,610 km2)|
|Established||United 5 June 1883|
|Cathedral||Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway|
|Patron saint||Galway: Our Lady Assumed into Heaven Saint Nicholas
Kilmacduagh: St Colman
Kilfenora: St Fachanan
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Michael Neary,
Archbishop of Tuam
|Emeritus Bishops||Martin Drennan
Bishop Emeritus of Galway and Kilmacduagh
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora (Irish: Deoise na Gaillimhe, Chill Mhic Duaich agus Chill Fhionnúrach) is a Roman Catholic diocese in the west of Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Tuam and is subject to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tuam. The deanery of Kilfenora, previously a diocese in its own right, lies in the ecclesiastical province of Cashel. The most recent bishop is the Most Reverend Martin Drennan who was ordained on 21 September 1997 and appointed on 23 May 2005. He officially retired on July 29, 2016.
The geographic remit of the see includes the City of Galway, parts of the county of Galway and the northern coastal part of the county of Clare. Large population centres include Ennistymon, Oranmore and Oughterard. The cathedral church of the diocese is the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas.
The diocese has its origins in the ancient monastery of Kilmacduagh and the Wardenship of Galway (1484–1831). Following the abolition of the Wardenship (see Edmund Ffrench) by the Holy See in 1831, the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Galway was appointed in the same year.
In 1866, Bishop John McEvilly of Galway was made Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora. When he was appointed coadjutor to the Archdiocese of Tuam in 1878, he retained Galway until he succeeded as archbishop in 1881. McEvilly continued to oversee Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora until 1883 when Pope Leo XIII united the diocese with the neighbouring Diocese of Kilmacduagh. At the same time, the ordinary of the United Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh was appointed, in perpetuum, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Kilfenora.
The bishopric of Kilmacduagh had been a separate title until 1750 when Pope Benedict XIV decreed that it to be united with the bishopric of Kilfenora. Since Kilmacduagh was in the Ecclesiastical province of Tuam while Kilfenora was in the Province of Cashel, it was arranged that the ordinary of the united dioceses was to be alternately bishop of one diocese and apostolic administrator of the other. The first holder of this unusual arrangement was Peter Kilkelly, who had been Bishop of Kilmacduagh since 1744, became Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora in September 1750. Since that date, Kilfenora has been administered by that united diocese as an Apostolic Vicariate. Since the territory of an Apostolic Vicariate comes directly under the pope as "universal bishop", the pope exercises his authority in Kilfenora through a "vicar".
Deaneries and Parishes
The united diocese is divided into five deaneries for which a Vicar Forane (VF) is appointed by the Bishop. The VF exercises limited jurisdiction in the deanery on behalf of the Bishop. The deaneries are divided further into parishes or group parishes.
- Deanery of Galway City East – Parishes: Ballybane · Ballinfoyle · Cathedral · Good Shepherd · Mervue · Renmore · Saint Augustine · Saint Francis · Saint Patrick.
- Deanery of Galway City West – Parishes: Knocknacarra · Sacred Heart · Salthill · Saint Joseph · Saint Mary, Claddagh.
- Deanery of Galway Rural – Parishes: An Spidéal · Barna · Castlegar · Killanin · Leitirmóir · Moycullen · Oranmore · Oughterard · Rosmuc · Shrule.
- Deanery of Kilmacduagh – Parishes: Ardrahan · Ballinderreen · Clarinbridge · Craughwell · Gort & Beagh · Kilbeacanty & Peterswell · Kilchreest & Castledaly · Kinvara.
- Deanery of Kilfenora – Parishes: Ballyvaughan · Carron & New Quay · Ennistymon · Kilfenora · Liscannor & Moymore · Lisdoonvarna & Kilshanny.
List of Bishops
Bishops of Galway
|1831||(Nicholas Foran)||Appointed 16 April 1831, but did not take effect due to illness; later became Bishop of Waterford and Lismore in 1837|
|1831||1844||George Joseph Plunket Browne||Appointed 6 August and consecrated 23 October 1831; translated to Elphin 26 March 1844|
|1844||1855||Laurence O'Donnell||Appointed 26 September and consecrated 28 October 1844; died 29 June 1855|
|1857||1881||John McEvilly||Appointed 24 December 1856 and consecrated 22 March 1857; also was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora (1866–1883) and Coadjutor archbishop of Tuam (1878–1881); relinquished Galway when he succeeded as Archbishop of Tuam on 7 November 1881|
Bishops of Galway and Kilmacduagh
and Apostolic Administrators of Kilfenora
|1883||1886||Thomas Joseph Carr||Appointed 12 June and consecrated 26 August 1883; translated to Melbourne 29 September 1886|
|1887||1908||Francis McCormack||Translated from Achonry; appointed 27 April 1887; retired 21 October 1908; died 14 November 1909|
|1909||1923||Thomas O'Dea||Translated from Clonfert; appointed 29 April 1909; died 9 April 1923|
|1923||1936||Thomas O'Doherty||Translated from Clonfert; appointed 13 July 1923; died 15 December 1936|
|1937||1976||Michael Browne||Appointed 6 August and consecrated 10 November 1937; retired 21 July 1976; died 24 February 1980|
|1976||1992||Eamon Casey||Translated from Kerry; appointed 21 July 1976; resigned 6 May 1992; died 13 March 2017|
|1993||2005||James McLoughlin||Appointed 10 February and consecrated 28 March 1993; retired 23 May 2005; died 25 November 2005|
|2005||2016||Martin Drennan||Previously Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin; consecrated 21 September 1997; appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh 23 May 2005; resigned 29 July 2016|
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- Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh (GCatholic website)
- Diocese of Cill Fhionnúrach (i.e Kilfenora) (GCatholic website)
- Diocese of Galway and Kilmacduagh (Catholic-Hierarchy website)
- Diocese of Kilfenora (Catholic-Hierarchy website)
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