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


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


This incumbency of this compact and strong Union in the Slaney Valley, on the borders of County Wexford and County Carlow, will shortly become vacant due to retirement.

  • Four churches, with a single Select Vestry
  • Beautifully maintained period rectory in the elegant town of Bunclody
  • Church of Ireland Primary School
  • Largely rural parish with supportive parishioners and a setting of great natural beauty
  • An attractive opportunity for steady and imaginative pastoral ministry in a fruitful ecumenical environment.
  • Excellent transport links, and proximity to many colleagues in the diocesan ministry team

Enquiries and requests for further information to

Archdeacon Bob Gray,

The Rectory, Knockroe, Courtown, Gorey, Co. Wexford Y25 NV02

Email:    bobgray57@gmail.com


Ferns Diocesan Board of Education Grant – First Year Child Assistance for Secondary School




Diocesan Magazine

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For annual subscriptions contact:
Mrs Denise Hughes
The Diocesan Office
The Palace Coach House
Church Lane Kilkenny
Tel: 056 7761910
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Latest News

21 Jan: Daniel Fleming commissioned as Diocesean Reader

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13 Jan: Commissioning of Emma Purser as Diocesan Reader

DIOCESAN READER COMMISSIONED IN STRADBALLY Well-known Youth leader and Kilkenny College Boarding Houseparent Emma Purser from Stradbally was commissioned as…

13 Jan: Farewell presentation to The Reverend Dr David Compton

A special farewell service was held in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Sunday, January 12th for the Reverend Dr David…

01 Jan: Bishop’s Monthly Letter – January 2020

Dear Friends Purists will argue whether a new decade begins in a year ending with a ‘0’ or a ‘1’,…

02 Dec: Christian Unity Week resources now available

Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 have been produced by Churches in Malta and will focus…

30 Nov: Reminders – Events in the Diocese

December 1st is a big day on several fronts in this diocese. Please note the following events: The Fun &…

if we do not hurry towards further significant and effective action goodness only knows what sort of planet our successors will inherit not too many years hence

Bishop’s January 2020 letter

Upcoming Events

Sacred Songs and Solos concert in Kildavin – in aid of Mater Foundation Fund

A concert entitled Sacred Songs and Solos will be held in St Paul's Church, Kildavin on two Sunday evenings in January -...

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RSS Church of Ireland

  • Sun, 26th January 2020
    Principal Service A cycle:Isaiah 9: 1–4Psalm 27: 1, 4–121 Corinthians 1: 10–18Matthew 4: 12–23B cycle:Isaiah 9: 1–4Psalm 27: 1, 4–121 Corinthians 1: 10–18Matthew 4: 12–23 Second Service A cycle:Ecclesiastes 3: 1– 11Psalm 33 or Psalm 33:1–121 Peter 1: 3–12Luke 4: 14–21B cycle:Ecclesiastes 3: 1– 11Psalm 33 or Psalm 33:1–121 Peter 1: 3–12Luke 4: 14–21