Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe

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Diocese of Raphoe
Dioecesis Rapotensis
Deoise Ráth Bhoth
The Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Colmcille, Letterkenny, the episcopal seat of the bishops of Raphoe
Country Republic of Ireland
Territory Most of County Donegal
Ecclesiastical province Province of Armagh
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Armagh
Area 1,556 sq mi (4,030 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
81,350 (90.2%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1111
Cathedral St Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny
Patron saint St Eunan and St Columba
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D.
Bishop of Raphoe
Metropolitan Archbishop Eamon Martin
The Diocese of Raphoe within the Ecclesiastical Province of Armagh
The Diocese of Raphoe within the Ecclesiastical Province of Armagh

The Diocese of Raphoe (/ˈræf/; Irish: Deoise Caitliceach Ráth Bhoth) is a Roman Catholic diocese in north-western Ireland. It is one of eight suffragan dioceses that are subject to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Armagh.[1] The incumbent is Philip Boyce O.C.D. who was enthroned on 1 October 1995. The current vicar general of the diocese is Daniel Carr. As of 25 January 2015, Philip Boyce reached the mandatory retirement age for a Roman Catholic Bishop which is 75 years of age. No announcement has been made yet on when Boyce will formally step down as the diocesan bishop.

Geographic remit[edit]

The See covers most of County Donegal apart from the Inishowen peninsula. It contains 33 parishes. The largest towns are Ballyshannon, Donegal, Letterkenny and Stranorlar. The bishop's residence - Ard Adomnán - is in the town of Letterkenny. It is located beside the Parochial House, near the Cathedral of St. Eunan and St Columba which is dedicated to the joint patrons of the diocese - Saints Eunan (also known as Adomnán) and Columba (also known as Columcille).


Main article: Bishop of Raphoe

The following is a basic list of the bishops of Raphoe since 1725:[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archdiocese of Armagh. Retrieved on 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 441–442. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  3. ^ Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. New History of Ireland: Volume XI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 352–354. ISBN 0-19-821745-5. 
  4. ^ Diocese of Raphoe. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 26 April 2010.

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