Roman Catholic Diocese of Kerry

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Diocese of Kerry
Dioecesis Kerriensis
Deoise Chiarraí
Killarney Cathedral by Paride.JPG
St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, the episcopal seat of the bishops of Kerry.
Country  Republic of Ireland
Territory Most of County Kerry and parts of County Cork
Ecclesiastical province Province of Cashel
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly
Area 2,047 sq mi (5,300 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
130,000 (95.6%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established Diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe in the early 12th century, renamed Diocese of Kerry on 20 December 1952
Cathedral St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney
Patron saint St Brendan
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Raymond Browne,
Bishop of Kerry
Metropolitan Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly,
Archbishop of Cashel and Emly
Vicar General Fr Seán Hanafin
Emeritus Bishops William Murphy,
Bishop-emeritus of Kerry
Roman Catholic Diocese of Kerry map.png

The Diocese of Kerry (Irish: Deoise Chiarraí) is a Roman Catholic diocese in south-western Ireland. It is one of six suffragan dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of Cashel (also known as Munster) and is subject to the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.[1] The diocese was established in the early 12th century as the "Diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe". It changed its name to the "Diocese of Kerry" on 20 December 1952.[2] The cathedral church of the diocese is St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney.


The diocese contains most of County Kerry and parts of County Cork, including the towns of Cahersiveen, Dingle, Killarney, Killorglin, Listowel, Millstreet and Tralee.

Bishop of Kerry[edit]

The incumbent, Raymond Browne, was appointed by Pope Francis on 2 May 2013[3] and was consecrated on 21 July 2013 by his then metropolitan, Dermot Clifford.

Deaneries and Parishes[edit]

The Diocese is divided into twelve deaneries, each divided into a number of parishes or group parishes:


  1. ^ Diocese of Kerry. Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  2. ^ Diocese of Kerry. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 22 March 2009.
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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°03′34″N 9°31′07″W / 52.05944°N 9.51861°W / 52.05944; -9.51861