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Most Reverend Dr Brendan Kelly, DD
Diocesan Office, The Cathedral, Gaol Road, Galway
Telephone: +353-91-563566

Cathedral Chapter

The Cathedral Chapter assists the Bishop in the more solemn liturgical worship of the Cathedral; its members are known by the honourary title of "Canon", and their twelve stalls form part of the furnishings of the Cathedral High Altar. The Chapter is presided over by the Dean of the Chapter. Chapter meetings normally take place in the Cathedral Conference Room.

The current Chapter members are:
Very Rev. Martin Canon Downey
Very Rev. Derek Canon Feeney
Very Rev. Martin Canon Glynn, VF
Very Rev. Thomas Canon Marrinan, VF
Very Rev. Michael Canon McLoughlin
Very Rev. Martin Canon Moran, VF
Very Rev. Ian Canon O’Neill
Very Rev. Peter Canon Rabbitte, VG
Very Rev. Michael Canon Reilly


The Diocese is divided into five deaneries, for each of which a Vicar Forane (VF) is appointed by the bishop. The VF excercises limited jurisdiction in the deanery on behalf of the bishop.

Galway City East Galway City West Galway Rural Kilmacduagh Kilfenora
Ballybane Knocknacarra An Spidéal Ardrahan Ballyvaughan
Ballinfoyle Sacred Heart Bearna Ballindereen Carron & New Quay
Cathedral & St Francis Salthill Castlegar Clarinbridge Ennistymon & Lahinch
Good Shepherd Saint Joseph Killannin Craughwell Kilfenora
Mervue Saint Mary, Claddagh Leitirmór Gort & Beagh Liscannor & Moymore
Renmore   Moycullen Kilbeacanty & Peterswell Lisdoonvarna & Kilshanny
Saint Augustine   Oranmore Kilchreest & Castledaly  
Saint Patrick   Oughterard Kinvara  

Council of Priests

The Council of Priests is a representative body of clergy comprised of elected and nominated members. It offers opinion and advice when consulted by the Bishop as outlined in the Code of Canon Law. A new Council of Priests is elected following the appointment of a new bishop.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee in conjuction with the bishop attends to matters of finance and the governance of the temporal goods of the diocese. The current Finance Committee members are:

Very Reverend Michael Canon McLoughlin
Very Reverend Peter Canon Rabbitte, VG
Reverend Martin Whelan
Mr Peter Casserly
Mr Tom Hansberry
Mr Enda McGowan

Diocesan Auditor

Mr Michael McEvoy

Board of Meitheal

The Board of Meitheal provides assistance with regard to development within the diocese. A new board is constituted following the appointment of a new bishop.