Category Archives: Diocesan News

Lourdes Bound

The annual Achonry-Killala Pilgrimage to Lourdes is fully booked with 170 pilgrims travelling in the company of Bishop John Fleming, Bishop of Killala and Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator of Achonry.  The Pilgrimage takes place from August 29th-September 3rd, flying directly from Ireland West Airport.

Please remember the pilgrims in your prayer and know that your intentions will be remembered in Lourdes.

Canon Christy McLoughlin, R.I.P.

Canon Christy McLoughlin


The Diocese of Achonry announces, with regret, the death of Canon Christy McLoughlin, P.E.  May he rest in peace.

Our sympathies are with his family and friends and with the Parish of Tourlestrane where Christy ministered until his retirement.


Remains reposing at Gallaghers’ Funeral Home Bonniconlon on Monday 13th May from 5.00pm with removal at 7.15pm to St Attracta’s Church, Tourlestrane arriving at 8.00pm

Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12Noon with burial afterwards in the Church grounds.


Updated 13th May 2019

Vocations Sunday 2019

The diocese of Achonry welcomes those who might be considering a Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood to get in contact. Our diocese includes twenty-three parishes in Counties Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo.  At the moment, each parish has at least one resident priest and, in a small number of our parishes there is a second priest – often a man who has retired after more than fifty years service to the diocese but who chooses to continue to minister to God’s people.

Currently we have no students for the priesthood and, like most other dioceses at home and abroad, are looking to the future and hopeful that there may be some people out there – possibly you who are reading these lines right now, who might feel a calling to serve God and His people as a Catholic Priest in the diocese.

If this is something you have considered, wondered about or wrestled with? Maybe now is the time to talk.

Our Vocations Director is Fr Paul Kivlehan and he would be more than happy to discuss this with you.  

Why not get in contact?




Confirmation Dates 2019


Confirmation will be celebrated on the following dates:

As the diocese is awaiting the appointment of a bishop, each Parish Priest

will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in his own parish this year.



  • Attymass
Saturday 23rd March
  • Ballaghaderreen
Sunday 24th March
  • Bohola
Saturday 30th March
  • Bonniconlon
Sunday 31st March
  • Foxford
Saturday 6th April
  • Kilmovee
Saturday 6th April
  • Carracastle
Sunday 7th April
  • Bunninadden
Sunday 5th May
  • Charlestown
Sunday 12th May
  • Swinford
Sunday 12th May
  • Kiltimagh
Saturday 25th May
  • Straide
Sunday 26th May
  • Tubbercurry
Sunday 26th May



Permanent Diaconate Ordinations

Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate took place for the first time in the Diocese of Achonry on Easter Monday, April 2nd, 2018.  Bishop Brendan Kelly returned to the diocese to ordain two men to the Permanent Diaconate. Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator and Director of the Permanent Diaconate programme in the diocese was the homilist.

A packed congregation in the Church of St James’, Charlestown, Co. Mayo watched and prayed as Martin Lynch (Parish of Kiltimagh) and Kevin Flynn (Parish of Collooney) became the first Permanent Deacons in our diocese.  Both men are married and their families were in attendance along with many friends and well wishers.

After the homily, both candidates are called forward by a deacon – answering “present” to the calling of their name is symbolic of their response to God’s Call to ministry.  Having presented themselves for ordination they are, in turn, presented to the bishop as candidates for ordination.

Having been called to Ministry and accepted for ordination, both candidates committed themselves to the ministry of Deacon and responded to the questions put before them by Bishop Brendan Kelly.

Both will assume ministry in the diocese and we pray God’s continued blessing on them and their families.

Ad multos annos.

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