Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

The Peace of the Lord be always with you!

bishopWelcome to the website of the Diocese of Cashel Ferns and Ossory.

We are one of the twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland, covering a large area of the South East from Rosslare to Mountrath and from Gorey to Cahir.

We hope what you see and read on this site will give you an impression of our life, worship and witness and make you feel very welcome to join in our activities.

We have a long history and nearly one hundred and fifty church buildings, including six ancient cathedrals. But at the end of the day we are about people…. Bringing them into fellowship with God and with each another as week by week we gather to break the bread and to tell the ever – fresh story of God’s loving presence in Jesus Christ and in the whole life of the world.

Some find faith easy, some find it very challenging, but wherever you are on your journey of faith we welcome you and wish to walk with you in the quest for hope and holiness.

Web pages, however captivating, are no substitute for human contact or for the love and care we all need if we are to face the turbulence and pace of modern life. We hope what you read here will draw you into our midst as we seek though worship and personal encounter to make our response to the human experience of God.

Michael Cashel Ferns and Ossory


This incumbency will shortly become vacant:

  • Largely rural parish on Carlow/Kilkenny border, centred on heritage former mining town of Castlecomer
  • Four churches forming a Union with single Select Vestry
  • Parish primary school
  • Close to Kilkenny with its educational and recreational facilities
  • Confident, positive parish appreciative of imaginative Pastoral leadership

Expressions of interest and informal requests for fuller information to
The Venerable Ruth Elmes
Archdeacon of Ossory & Leighlin
The Rectory,  Churchlands, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
Email rev.ruth.elmes@gmail.com

Diocesan Magazine

Get your copies in 2020
For annual subscriptions contact:
Mrs Denise Hughes
The Diocesan Office
The Palace Coach House
Church Lane Kilkenny
Tel: 056 7761910
Cost: €40 through your parish distributor and €65 posted to your address
(11 issues per year)


The Dean of Lismore seeks an experienced priest colleague to work with him on a house for duty basis in this extensive parish, centered on the historic Saint Carthage’s Cathedral at Lismore and including much of the scenic west Waterford coastline.


Latest News

05 Nov: Diocesan Synod 2019

The Synod of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory was held on Wednesday 23rd  in the…

04 Nov:

Archbishop Clarke to Retire The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, today…

01 Nov: Bishop’s November 2019 Letter

A TIME TO ELECT Dear Friends, As I sat recently at a meeting of the House of Bishops of the…

21 Oct: The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Silent Movie with Live Score

The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Silent Movie with Live Score This Halloween (Thursday 31st October) at 7:30 pm, immerse…


Simon Harden Appointed Organist and Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford Following the retirement of Dr. Eric Sweeney after…

16 Sep: Ordination to the Diaconate – The Reverend Janet Finlay

ORDINATION OF JANET FINLAY TO A NEW LOCAL MINISTRY 13th SEPTEMBER 2018 The Cathedral Church of Saint Laserian  The Reverend…

we play together a vital role in the checks and balances of the governance of the church, in upholding its doctrine and teaching its faith.

Bishop’s November letter 

Upcoming Events

Retreat for Clergy and Laity at Dromontine Centre

Advent retreat The Commission on Ministry is holding a retreat for Advent for clergy and laity in the Dromantine Centre,...

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RSS Church of Ireland

  • Sun, 17th November 2019
    Principal Service A cycle:Isaiah 65: 17–25Canticle: Song of Isaiah2 Thessalonians 3: 6–13Luke 21: 5–19B cycle:Malachi 4: 1–2aPsalm 982 Thessalonians 3: 6–13Luke 21: 5–19 Second Service A cycle:Daniel 6Psalms (93), 97Matthew 13: 1–9, 18–23B cycle:Daniel 6Psalms (93), 97Matthew 13: 1–9, 18–23