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Diocesan Committees


Very Rev. Liam Cassin, P.P. (Chairperson); Ms. Kathleen Kirby (Secretary); Ms. Helen Power (Member); Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Member); Sr. Brigid Lonergan (Member); Sr. Catherine Walsh (Member); Mrs. Nellie Brett (Member); Ms. Patricia McEvoy (Member); Ms. Ann Marie Walsh (Member); Mr. Liam Dalton (Member); Ms. Gena O'Loughlin (Member); Mr. Jim Byrne (Member); Mr. Jim Walsh (Member); Mr. Tommy Duggan (Member);


Rt. Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Chairperson); Ms. Kay Hogan (Administration); Mr. Michael Ryan (Caretaker / Maintenance); Mr. Charlie Fitzpatrick (Caretaker / Maintenance);

Mr. John Norris (Chairperson); Ms. Frances Lennon (Secretary); Right Rev. Mgr. Michael Ryan P.P. (Member); Mr. Joe Gannon (Member); Mr. Paul Murphy (Member); Very Rev. Francis Maher, P.P. (Member); Mr. Tom O'Shea (Member); Mr. Louis Feeley (Buildings and Projects Advisor); Mr. Tom Downey (Member);


Diocesan Advisors for Religious Education

Rev. Kieran O'Shea (Primary); Rev. Sean O'Connor (Post Primary);

Very Rev. Patrick Dalton, P.P. (Secretary); Ms. Frances Lennon (Member); Ms. Maureen Daly (Member); Ms. Margaret Gilligan (Member); Ms. June Barrett (Member); Mr. Donie Walsh (Member); Rev. Kieran O'Shea (Member); Ms. Mary Weadick (Member); Mr. John Maloney (Member);

Very Rev. Daniel Bollard, P.P. (Chairperson); Ms. Frances Lennon (Secretary); Very Rev. Thomas Murphy (Member); Ms. Una McHale (Member); Ms. Margaret Digby (Member); Ms. Mary Mescal (Member); Mr. Martin Crotty (Member); Ms. Brigid Corcoran (Diocesan Trainer); Mr. Michael Melia (Diocesan Trainer);


The Diocesan Chairperson for the Ecumenism Committee will be happy to offer advice in the planning and celebration of interdenominational services and will be delighted to include notices of such services in diocesan publicity.  Please submit notices as early as possible for maximum publicity.

Very Rev. James Murphy, P.P. (Chairperson);

The Kilkenny branch of Enable Ireland (formerly Celebral Palsy Ireland) was established in 1980 as a support group for parents of children with Celebral Palsy.  The branch identified the need for the establishment of a Centre providing comprehensive Day Care Services for children with Celebral Palsy and other special needs, eg, learning, sensorial and emotional disabilities form Kilkenny City an environs.

The Centre, which is in a renovated National School, was opened in 1981, it is named after the late Mary O'Neill, a founder member of the Kilkenny Branch, who made an invaluable contribution to the development of the branch up to the time of her death in 1983.

Services provided are as follows:

Pre-School Groups for Children form 0-6 years.

Each child is encouraged to reach their full potential in all area of development under the care of trained staff with backgrounds in Nursing, Teaching, Child Care.

Out-patient Services for Children form 0-6 years.

Physiotherapy, Psychology, Speech Therapy, Assistive Technology, Paediatric Clinic, Occupational Therapy, Social Worker.

The O'Neill Centre 
St. Josph's Road
Tel. 056-7762326
Fax. 056-7762399

Ms. Lucy Dooley (Administrator);


Mr. Geoffrey Meagher (Chairperson); Right Rev. Mgr. Michael Ryan P.P. (Member); Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Member); Very Rev. Anthony O'Connor P.P. (Member); Mr. John Gunn (Member); Mr. Declan McCann (Member); Mr. Joseph Nolan (Member); Mrs. Joan Mahon (Member);


The  Holy Family Centre provides residential accomodation for 14 children with care needs.  Some of the children reside at the Centre full time while others return to their families for weekends and school holidays.

Director:  Ms. Helena Tynan

Children's Residence
Holy Family Centre
Callan Road
Tel. 056-7770396 / 7721281
Fax. 056-7711316

Dr. Brendan Lee (Chairperson); Ms. Emer Foley (Secretary); Ms. Moira Christopher (Treasurer); Ms. Helena Tynan (Director); Sr. Elizabeth Meagher (Member); Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Member); Ms. Rose Brophy (Member); Mr. Larry Carroll (Member); Mr. Paddy McAlinney (Member);


Kilkenny Association for Severly Mentally Handicapped Adults was formed in 1983 with the aim of providing housing and day care facilities for the severly mentally handicapped adults of Kilkenny City and County, thereby integrating our residence into the community close to family and friends.

For further information, contact the Administrator.

Houses at

College Gardens, Kilkenny.  Tel. 056-7763211

Garringreen, Johnswell Road, Kilkenny.  Tel. 056-7752803

Ms. Kelma Hopkins (Administrator);


Living in Community together with adults who have a learning disability.

Director:  Mr. Kevin Birmingham Doran 

Ms. Anne Phelan
Cluain Aoibhinn
Fair Green Lane
Co. Kilkenny
Tel. 056-7725628
Fax. 056-7725946

 Office:  "Cluain Aoibhinn", Fair Green Lane, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.  Tel. 056-7725628

Workshop:  "Cluain Aoibhinn", Fair Green Lane, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.  Tel. 056-7725459


"Moorfield House", Kilmoganny, Co. Kilkenny.  Tel. 051-648049

"An Siol", 42 West Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.  Tel. 056-7725230

"Lion De", Crossogue, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.  Tel. 056-7725089


Very Rev. Richard Scriven (Chairperson); Mr. Michael Lydon (Secretary); Mr. Paul Bruton (Member); Ms. Ann Moore (Member); Rev. Roderick Whearty (Member); Ms. Moira Prendergast (Member); Ms. Ann Daly (Member); Mr. John Curtis (Member); Sr. Mary Freeman (Member); Very Rev. Laurence Wallace, P.P. (Member);


Special School, catering for pupils with mild learning difficulties, aged between four and eighteen years.  Hostel accomodation arranged.

Jame's Street
Tel. 056-7721352
Principle: Ms Sheila Herlihy


Mr. Francis Coughlan (C.E.O.); Mr. Billy Murphy (Chairperson); Mr. Michael Hogan (Vice Chairperson); Mrs. Joan Mahon (Honorary Secretary); Ms. Phil Walsh (Finance Director); Mr. Eddie Holohan (Member); Mr. Jim Craddock (Member); Mrs. Joan Mahon (Member); Mr. Billy Murphy (Member); Mr. Lar Dowling (Member); Mr. John McKee (Member); Ms. Rosaleen O' Keeffe (Member); Mr. Billy Murphy (Executive Committee); Mr. Michael Hogan (Executive Committee); Mr. Jim Craddock (Executive Committee); Ms. Phil Walsh (Executive Committee); Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Executive Committee); Mr. Francis Coughlan (Executive Committee);

St Patrick's, Kells Rd, Kilkenny, Tel. 056-7722170, Fax. 056-77612127751414

Residential Service, Day Centre and Respite Service for intellectually disabled children and adults.


Mr. Edward Ryan, C.E.O

Mrs Noelle Cody, Director of Services


Vocations Team Mission Statement

To create an environment in order to promote, identify, and assist individuals in discerning their baptismal call to holiness, as is lived out, through the vocation of the priesthood, diaconate, religious (brothers and sisters), married and single life.   To support the clergy and religious through prayer and inspire the diocesan community in fulfilling its mission to foster vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese of Ossory.

As Catholics, in the past we have been spoiled by the number of men and women who have chosen to heed the call to religious vocation.  This trend has diminished, Members of the Church today must recognise this reality and create an awareness of the importance of encouraging God's people to serve as priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and laity in full time Church ministry.  Like Samuel, some of the people in our family and diocese may have a call from God, but are unable to hear or understand what our Lord is asking them to do.  Let us pray and encourage each individual to hear this call.

Diocesan Prayer for Vocations

Loving God, You speak to us and nourish us through the life of Your Church community.  In the name of Jesus, we ask you to send your Spirit to us that men and women among us young and old, will respond to your call to service in the Church.  We pray especially in our day, for those who hear Your invitation to be a priest, sister or brother.  May those who are opening their hearts and minds to your call be encouraged and strengthened through our enthusiasm in your service. 

For further information please contact:

Father Willie Purcell 
Tel. 056-7725858 

Mrs. Noreen Cooney (Member); Sr. Ena Kennedy (Secretary); Rev. Sean O'Connor (Member); Mr. Pawal Pomel (Member); Mr. Derek Dooley (Member); Very Rev. Raymond Dempsey (Member); Mr. Joe Maher (Member); Sr. Sarah Jordan (Member); Ms. Mary Henry (Member); Mr. Sean Oberc (Member);


Them:  Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith

Very Rev. Richard Scriven (World Youth Day Co-ordinator);
Ossory Diocesan Office
Charity Reg No: 20015831
James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: