Diocesan Appointments 2023

“Take the risk for Christ”

Appointments 2023

 The following announcement have been made for clergy appointments.

Fr. Gerry O’Brien PP Bornacoola to retire

Fr. John Wall, PP Annaduff to retire

Fr. Tomás Flynn, PP Kiltubrid to retire

In Bishop Paul’s own words

In light of the ongoing shortage of available clergy for appointment, the diocese is adopting a strategic plan to cluster parishes in order to provide pastoral care going forward.

Accordingly, the parishes of Annaduff and Kiltubrid are being clustered with Carrick-on-Shannon.

-Fr. Frank Garvey PP Carrick on Shannon is appointed Administrator (Adm.) of the parishes of Annaduff and Kiltubrid parishes.

-Fr. Ciaran McGuinness MAfr is appointed CC Carrick on Shannon

-Fr. Sean Burke, Cc Mohill and Fenagh is appointed Administrator of the parish of Bornacoola

-Fr. Joseph Ukut, CC Longford, is appointed CC of the parishes of Mohill and Fenagh

These appointments will take effect from Sunday Oct 1st.

I wish to sincerely thanks Fr Gerry O’Brien, Fr. John Wall and Fr. Tomás Flynn for their many years of dedicated pastoral work, in a variety of parishes in the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois. I wish those who are taking up appointments every success and happiness in their new responsibilities.

+Paul Connell

Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois


Going forward this will be the story for all of Diocesan Parishes. In seven years time there will by 25 active priests for our 41 Parishes, . This coming weekend 3rd September, we will have our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock. Our 41 Parishes will gather with Bishop Paul to entrust our people and the future of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise into the lovely hands and heart of Our Lady. It will be a special prayer for vocations this year, religious vocations and especially vocations to the diocesan priesthood, a special theme for this year. “God our loving Father, we pray for an increase in vocations to the diocesan priesthood. Grant courage to those who continue to be called that they may take the risk for Christ and answer with generosity of heart.