Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

Going The Extra Mile, A Lenten Reflection by Bishop Michael Burrows

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

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

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




Latest News

24 Feb: Easter Vestry invitation

  Have you ever considered putting your foot on that first rung? If so, your rector and fellow parishioners will…

21 Feb: Radio programmes of interest this week

There are many programmes with spiritual themes available to listen to in this diocese each week. These include:  Christian Media…

07 Feb: Spiritual Radio Programmes Coming Up This Week – and tribute to Cecil Riddall

Why not tune in to some reflective and spiritual radio programmes in the diocese this week? There is quite a…

06 Feb: Bishop Rowan Williams Lecture in CITI on Tuesday, 18th February at 3 p.m.

‘Faith in Democracy?’ – Lecture by Bishop Rowan Williams In a lecture at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin,…

31 Jan: Bishop’s Letter – February 2020

HOW TO REMEMBER WELL Dear Friends As I write I am watching from the corner of my eye news coverage…

31 Jan: Christian Media Trust Radio Schedule for the next week

Christian Media Trust programmes on South East Radio 95.2-96.4fm Saturday 1st Feb – Tuesday 4th Feb 2020. Simply Divine Sat 1st…

After all, we are a household of faith for whom ‘remembering well’ is essential to what we are.

Bishop’s February 2020 letter

Upcoming Events

Theatre Event in Portlaoise

Come along to the Dunmaise Theatre, Portlaoise  on Friday 27th at 8 p.m. to see the play Halycon Days starring...

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Aghade Healing Weekend Concert and Service

As part of the Aghade Healing Weekend the Kilkenny Gospel Choir will perform a fundraising concert in support of the...

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Table Quiz in The Farmers’ Kitchen, Wexford

Thursday 5TH - Table Quiz in The Farmers Kitchen, Wexford on Thursday, 5th March, 2020 at 8 p.m. (Please note...

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Night at the Races in Kildavin

Saturday 7th – Night at the Races - Carrigduff NS PTA. This will be held in Conway’s, Kildavin. First race...

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Songs of Praise service in Ballyroan Church, Abbeyleix

On Sunday 8th A Songs of Praise service will be held in aid of Ballyroan Church funds at 7 p.m....

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Supper Dance in Kells

Friday 13th Kells  - Supper Dance in the Spring Hill Hotel, Kilkenny

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Social Dance in Templemore Arms Hotel

On Friday 13th St Mary’s Templemore Annual Social Dance will be held in the Templemore Arms Hotel. 9.30 p.m. to...

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Table Quiz in aid of Castletown parish

A Table Quiz in aid of Castletown Parish will be held in the Pedigree Corner on Friday, 20th March at...

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RSS Church of Ireland

  • Sun, 1st March 2020
    Principal Service A cycle:Genesis 2: 15–17; 3: 1–7Psalm 32Romans 5: 12–19Matthew 4: 1–11B cycle:Genesis 2: 15–17; 3: 1–7Psalm 32Romans 5: 12–19Matthew 4: 1–11 Second Service A cycle:Deuteronomy 6: 4–9, 16–25Psalm 50: 1–15Luke 18: 9–14 Luke 15: 1–10B cycle:Deuteronomy 6: 4–9, 16–25Psalm 50: 1–15Luke 18: 9–14 Luke 15: 1–10