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 (11 issues per year):
€40 through your parish distributor
– €65 posted to your address
– or read your Magazine on screen by getting a pdf sent to you by email for €35 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

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 &…

30 Nov: Bishop’s December letter 2019

 LONGING FOR THE LIGHT  Dear Friends  And so, as these words reach readers and hit the pews, it is Advent…


 SPONSORED SOCIAL ANALYSIS COURSE QQI LEVEL 6 Making Mission, Hope and Community Real in a 21st Century World Commencing January 2020…

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…

I always think that we should complete the Christmas crib observance by crafting figures of Simeon and Anna and placing them in the tableau too

Bishop’s December letter 

Upcoming Events

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RSS Church of Ireland

  • Sun, 8th December 2019
    Principal Service A cycle:Isaiah 11: 1–10Psalm 72: 1–7, 18–19Romans 15: 4–13Matthew 3: 1–12B cycle:Isaiah 11: 1–10Psalm 72: 1–7, 18–19Romans 15: 4–13Matthew 3: 1–12 Second Service A cycle:1 Kings 18: 17–39Psalms 11, [28]John 1: 19–28B cycle:1 Kings 18: 17–39Psalms 11, [28]John 1: 19–28