Diocesan Services


ACCORD offers remedial counselling to people experiencing difficulties in their married life. Male and female counsellors are available. Please telephone for appointment during office hours. Other specialised services which ACCORD provides: counselling for couples with sexual difficulties; counselling with regard to fertility awareness; personal enrichment courses for women. These are run over 10 weeks, one morning per week, 10.00a.m. until noon.

St. Mary's Centre, Jame's St., Kilkenny
Tel. 056-7722674

Office Hours:
Monday 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Wednesday 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Thursday 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Friday 11.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m.

Rev. Kieran O'Shea (Spiritual Director);

For all enquiries please contact 056 7721653

Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Chairperson); Ms. Mary Curtin (Secretary); Mr. Eugene O'Sullivan (Legal Advisor and Family Law Consultant);


People are encouraged to talk through their problems, look deeply within themselves and to discover what limits them from achieving a further more satisfactory life.

Counsellor/Therapist available: Direct Line tel. 056-7765883

Counselling Support for Schools (CSS) is a service which provides support for young people with the education system in Kilkenny and in the Diocese of Ossory.  It provides a confidential service to young people under the age of 18 years.  The service provides a safe environment in which students can explore concerns relating to development issues or specific problems associated with being a young person in todays busy world.

For further informantion contact:
Geraldine Butler - 056-7756998
email: kilkennycss@eircom.net

CURA is a confidential telephone service that offers counselling to women with problem pregnancies.

St. Mary's Centre,
James Street
Tel. 056-7722739
Fax. 056-7770240
National Tel. 1850-622626
Website: www.cura.ie

Rev. Sean O'Connor (Spiritual Director);


Ossory Youth is the co-ordinating body for youth work in the Diocese of Ossory.  Through the provision of a wide variety of programmes, activites and events, it seeks to complement the roles of the family, community, school, church and work place in the over-all educational development of the young person.  Ossory Youth is a voluntary organisation which employs professionally trained youth workers to assist it in carrying out its objectives.

Desart Hall
New Street
Tel. 056-7761200
Fax. 056-7752385


Mr. Padraig Fleming (Chairperson); Mr. Padraig Hughes (Member); Ms. Monica O'Shea (Member); Mr. Ian Coulter (Member); Ms. Mary Morrissey (Member); Ms. Liz Dermody (Member); Mr. Eamonn Daly (Member); Mr. Tom Walsh (Member);


Ossory Social Services, founded in 1963, endeavours to meet the emerging needs of today.  It continues to educate people to help themselves, to provide community care and support services to those in need and to give assistance to other agencies whenever possible.  It provides on-site facilities to:

Waterford Rd
Tel. 056-7722674/7721409
Fax. 056-7763636
Email: kilkenss@iol.ie

Local Centres:

Callan:  056-7725223
Ferrybank:  051-832592
Johnstown:  056-8831196
Rathdowney:  0505-46521
Castlecomer:  056-4441679
Freshford:  056-8832281
Moneenroe:  056-44441247

Dochas Kilkenny

Outreach Ministry to asylum seekers and refugees in the Diocese of Ossory and in the County of Kilkenny.  The Outreach Programme provides training, formation and information on various aspects on being an immigrant in Ireland.

Chaplain/Director:  Rev. William Purcell.
Secretary:  Ms Teresa Delahunty
Tel.  056-7789916

Kilkenny Carers Support Services Ltd.

Contact:Ann Power/Alice Whitty 
Tel. 056-7765163

Director:  Mr. Geoffrey Meagher, St. Canice's Homes for the Elderly 

Chairperson:  Rev, Kieron Kennedy, Ossory Social Services.

Secretary:  Ms Kay Hogan, Ossory Social Services.

Ms. Kelma Hopkins, KASHMA; Ms. Eileen Watson, Grow; Mr. Francis Coughlan, S.O.S. Kilkenny Ltd.; Ms. Elaine  Bradshaw, Alzheimers Society.  Ms. Patricia Phelan, S.O.S. Kilkenny Ltd., Mr. Seamus Roche, Good Sheperd Centre.

Prevent Poverty Action Group

 Ms. Teresa Mullin
Tel.  056-7765163

Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Director); Ms. Kay Hogan (Administration); Ms. Rose-Marie Maher (Reception); Sr. Frances Condon (Counselling and Care Co-Ordinator); Ms. Geraldine Butler (Counselling Support for Schools); Ms. Kitty Hunt (Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator); Sr. Good Counsel Foran (Bargain Shop Co-ordinator); Ms. Mary Kerry Bolger (Pre-School for Traveller Children Teacher); Ms. Brigid O'Connell (Services for the Elderly); Ms. Noreen Lanigan (Services for the Elderly); Ms. Teresa Nolan (Services for the Elderly);

Ossory Social Services, founded in 1963, endeavours to meet the emerging needs of today.  It continues to educate people to help themselves, to provide community care and support services to those in need and to give assistance to other agencies whenever possible.  

Mr. Thomas Morkan (Treasurer); Rt. Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Director); Ms. Emer Foley (Vice Chairperson); Mr. Edwin Stallard (Chairperson); Mr. James Bourke (Member); Dr. Kieran Cuddihy (Member); Ms. Breda Cullen (Member); Mr. Patrick Donnelly (Member); Sr. Good Counsel Foran (Member); Mr. Joseph Nolan (Member);

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland. Its membership of 9,500 volunteers throughout the country are supported by  professional staff, working for social justice and the creation of a more just, caring nation. This unique network of social concern also gives practical support to those experiencing poverty and social exclusion, by providing a wide range of services to people in need.

St. Vincent De Paul
Kilkenny Office
Tel. 056-7752777

Regional Office
Tel. 0504-90683

Fred's Fashion Clothes Shop
Tel. 056-7702637

Mr. Geoffrey Meagher (Regional President); Mr. Liam Heffernan (Area President);

Right Rev. Mgr. Kieron Kennedy (Chairperson); Ms. Kay Hogan (Secretary);
Ossory Diocesan Office James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: bishop@ossory.ie