Oct 17

The Bishop with The Reverend David White, new Rector of Carlow Union of Parishes

New rector of Carlow Union of Parishes

New rector of Carlow Union of Parishes

Aug 08

RCB Job Vacancy

The Representative Church Body (RCB) has a vacancy for a trainee accountant within its Finance team. This is a diverse role with particular emphasis on investment/fund accounting.

To see more details, click link below.




Trainee accountant vacancy ad for COI web -FKJ(1)

Apr 07

Report of the Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures

the Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures has produced a report outlining changes to the dioceses of the Church of Ireland. These will come into effect if passed at General Synod in May 2016.   Commission on Episcopal Ministry and Structures2016

Apr 07

Diocese supports Bishops’ appeal literacy projects

Our Diocese recently committed to supporting two Literacy projects in Africa through Bishops’ Appeal.  you can read all about them here


Diocesan Literacy projects 1 Literacy project 2

Feb 18

Senior Bishop’s Medal Competition 2016



Please see the information below about the Senior Bishop’s Medal Competition 2016.

Senior Medal form copy

Senior Bishop’s Medal


Students in Secondary Education
5th & 6th Year Students

Competition Requirements: The competition is open to anyone attending a secondary school within the United Diocese. Competitors are not required to be members of the Church of Ireland nor attend a Church of Ireland school. Candidates are asked to write (in 75 minutes) an essay from a list of unseen titles. The competition places an emphasis on current affairs in church and society
Competition Date: 7pm Wednesday 9th March 2016 at all venues.


Venues: Kilkenny College OR Coláiste Bhride, Carnew OR Newtown School, Waterford

Applications and Further Information: Further details are available on the diocesan website (http://cashel.anglican.org/) or by contacting Canon Harvey directly.
The Revd Canon Patrick Harvey,
The Rectory, Abbeyleix, Portlaoise, Co Laois.. Applicants may also email patrickharveyone@gmail.com or telephone (057) 8731243
Application Closing Date: 5pm Tuesday 8th March 2016
(please note extended deadline) 




Jan 24

Death of Mrs. Georgina Rothwell

imageIt is with great sadness that we mark the death of Mrs. Georgina Rothwell of Killurin Co. Wexford. She served her parish and our diocese in many ways, particularly her long service as Ferns district secretary. She undertook all her roles with energy, dedication and kindness, and her knowledge of diocesan matters was unsurpassed. ”It is hard to take in that we have lost Georgina Rothwell. She was a person full of integrity, with vast experience particularly of Ferns, and she served the diocese with loyalty, the highest of principles and a distinctive independent – mindedness which made it a privilege to work with her. We will miss her sorely.” said Bishop Burrows.

Our sympathy goes to her family at this sad time. May she rest in peace and rise in glory

Jan 24

Institution of Rev. Nicola Halford

imageOn Friday 22nd January, Rev. Nicola Halford was instituted as Rector of Enniscorthy and Monart Union. Nicola was previously curate of Wexford and Kilscoran Union, and a large number of her former parishioners made the short journey north to wish her well. Also there were Nicola’s family, including her husband Ronan, her parents, sisters and many friends from her home in Dublin and beyond. Rev. Arthur Minion, Rector of Wexford preached, reminding the congregation of their calling to ministry through their baptism. Speeches of welcome after the service included Fr. Jim Murphy , CC in Rosslare, and Rev. Stephen Foster, Methodist minister in Gorey. We wish Nicola every blessing her new ministry. She is pictured here with Archdeacon Bob Gray before the service.

Jan 23

Death of Mr. Herbie Sharman

herbie picIt is with sadness that we share the news of the death on Monday 11th January of  Mr Herbie Sharman. He had been a teacher in Kilkenny College, where he was involved in hockey coaching, and was a former President of the Irish Hockey Union.
In the Diocese he was Diocesan Communications Officer, Editor of the Diocesan Magazine and Webmaster of this site, all of which roles he carried out with grace, charm, wit and sensitivity.

Bishop Burrows said:  “Herbie Sharman was a marvellous magazine editor and DCO – diligent, ever-available, always good humoured. Despite living for years with a serious illness, he served this diocese superbly, working almost to the day of his death. The diocese will miss him hugely and I personally have lost a great friend who has been at my side for ten years”.
His funeral took place in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Friday 15th January


Our deepest sympathies go to his family and all who loved him.

Dec 26


10243_1724784254418902_3207109002891604134_nPictured are Canon Arthur Minion, Wexford and Kilscoran Union and the Very Reverand Aodhán Marken ADM, Wexford Parish as they commence day 2 of their 4 day fast in aid of local charities. The annual Four Day Christmas Fast is an important fixture in the Wexford calendar and this year, it began on Sunday (December 20) at 6 p.m and will run until 6.00pm on Christmas Eve, 24th at 6pm.
This is the fourth year for the Canon Arthur Minion and the first for Fr Aodhán Marken on the steps of St Iberius’ Church during the four day event. Dressed in distinctive black capes and red scarfs, the clergymen endure all elements of our unpredictable Irish weather. The only drinks taken during this period will be water, tea/coffee without milk or sugar. A cup of Bovril for salt or a bottle of Lucozade for sugar may be taken if a person has been advised by a doctor to do so. A takeaway paper cup of soup will be available for each participant from Westgate Design Centre at 1 p.m. daily. No other food is taken day or night for four days.
St Iberius’ Fast was started by Canon Norman Ruddock in 1993 and was then a 2 day Fast. In 1998, Fr Jim Fegan joined Canon Norman Ruddock for his annual Christmas Fast and it then became a 4 day Fast as a sign of ecumenical solidarity in advance of the week of prayer for Christian unity.
This year the charities to benefit are the St Vincent de Paul, Ozanam House Mens Shelter, Wexford Womens Refuge, Wexford Hospice Homecare, Cancer Research and Midlands Flood Victims. Last year, the fast raised €45,200 for charity.
An ecumenical Carol Service will be celebrated in St Iberius Church on Christmas Eve at 4pm.
Please contact me, Louise Evans at 086-3182709, should you need any further information

Dec 26

Awards at Synod


CFO Website Winners 2015

L-R: The Revd Nicola Halford (Wexford & Kilscoran Union), the Very Revd Katharine Poulton (Dean of Ossory), the Bishop and the Very Revd Maria Jansson (Dean of Waterford).


The annual ecological awards Tipperary was the winner in the Environmental motivation category.

L-R:  The Dean of Cashel the Very Revd Gerald Field, the Bishop, and Mr Billy Kingston.


This year we concentrated on the social media side of our Diocese.

 Specifically websites and Facebook.

 There was no need to request entries and they are all there to see on the internet.

 A small sub committee of the Diocesan Magazine committee examined all the sites and facebooks that exist in the Diocese and adjudicated.

 Recognition here today is by a presentation of a number of framed certificates, signed by the Bishop, for display in the church porch or somewhere prominently, with a follow up soft copy which will be emailed for display on the winning websites.

 For next year


The committee recommends that fund of €5,000 be set aside from the finances of the Diocesan Magazine so that parishes who are either in the process of building their site up or more importantly for those who have no website be encouraged to apply for a grant from the fund.  A date will be announced for the close applications for these grants.

The Digital Age!

The ultimate aim is to have every parish with its own website and Facebook page which latter can have a link on the Diocesan and parish websites links visible.

Parish websites can also have a link to digital versions of their parish newsletter present.

Overall spreading the ‘Gospel’!

All this digital news helps to spread the news around the Diocese and beyond.

Hard copy parish newsletters should still continue and there is still demand for the Diocesan Magazine as currently published.

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