Celebrating 65 years of Priesthood

Congratulations to Canon Brendan O’Donoghue, Shannon who celebrates 65 years of priesthood. We wish both him and Canon Seamus Mullen, Miltown who is also celebrating this major milestone many blessings.

We remember with gratitude Canon Reuben Butler, Canon Pat Taaffe and Fr Paddy Carmody of the class of 1956. May they rest in peace.


Statement of the Summer 2021 General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference

In accordance with the public health restrictions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference gathered remotely this week for their Summer 2021 General Meeting via video-link, instead of the usual location at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  This was the fifth plenary meeting of bishops hosted using this medium. …

Confirmation dates and time for 2021

Clonmoney School : 20th August @ 11am

Stonehall School : 20th August @ 3pm

Ballycar School :  21st August @ 12noon

Scoil na Maighdine : 21st August @ 3pm

First Holy Communion Dates

1st Communion Dates for 2021

Ballycar: 21st August 2021 at 12noon

Stonehall : 11th September 2021 at 12noon

Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire: 18th September 2021 time to be confirmed

Clonmoney: 25th September 2021 at 11am

Bishop Fintan Monahan welcomes the appointment of Father Ger Nash as Bishop of Ferns

I warmly congratulate Father Ger Nash on his appointment as Bishop of Ferns.

I have known him since we started in Maynooth together in September 1984 and being ordained one day apart in June 1991.

I am deeply indebted to him since my arrival here in the diocese of Killaloe five years ago.  His tremendous…

First Communion and Confirmation

The HSE have been in contact with the diocese regarding concerns of high infection rates in the mid-west region and expressing concerns of increased socialisation in the region in general. For now the advice from the Taoiseach’s office is that First Holy Communions or Confirmations cannot take place until after July 5th. We appreciate this…

Message from Bishop Fintan

I hope you are keeping very well.
Just letting you know that the office had a call today from a senior officer in the HSE, mid-west region regarding the high rates of infection in the region. In line…

Confirmation & First Holy Communion

Government Guidelines: It is advised that other religious ceremonies such as First Holy Communions and Confirmations should not take place in May and June. Further advice will follow on resumption of these ceremonies when it is safe to do so.

Confirmation Candidates

Dear Confirmation Candidates and your parents.
I hope you are all keeping very well and safe. You will remember when Bishop Fintan wrote to you all on May 4th that he mentioned a Prayer service of Preparation for Confirmation and for the coming of the Holy…

As we move to reopen our churches again.

On this Monday May 10th we will reopen our churches for the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments with the People of God present and actively participating. For many, being able to return to church to worship as a community is truly a blessing. However, we will need to have regard to health and safety…