Diocese of Tuam, Killala & Achonry
Commisary During the Episcopal Vacancy
The Venerable Stephen McWhirter
Ph. +353 85 8759921
Welcome – and thank you for taking time to visit our diocesan website. We hope you find it informative and interesting.
The united diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry covers all of County Mayo, much of Counties Galway and Sligo and a small portion of County Roscommon. Geographically it forms one of the largest dioceses in the Church of Ireland but numerically is the smallest with fewer than two thousand parishioners spread across nine parochial cures. There are thirty churches attended and cared for by loyal and devout congregations.
To the south of the diocese is the large and vibrant city of Galway. Its cosmopolitan population ensures a healthy mix of faith communities who work closely together. The ancient Collegiate Church of St Nicholas in the heart of the city has a fine musical tradition and hosts many community services and events.
By contrast, most of the diocese is rural with the majority of the Church of Ireland population resident along the north-Mayo and Sligo coast. In the summer months, visitors from around the world arrive in large numbers to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and its surrounding landmarks such as Connemara and Croagh Patrick. Others come for the excellent fishing on the West’s lakes and rivers.
All who choose to take the opportunity to join the small local Church of Ireland congregation for Sunday worship are made most welcome; indeed their attendance brings encouragement and support to resident parishioners. Further generous support and co-operation is given by neighbouring Roman Catholic congregations with whom we are always pleased to work and worship.