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Most Rev. 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 Dean McLoughlin, VF
Very Rev. Ian Canon O’Neill
Very Rev. Tadhg Canon Quinn
Very Rev. Monsignor Peter 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 West Galway City East Galway Rural Kilmacduagh Kilfenora
Cathedral & St Francis Ballinfoyle Bearna Ardrahan Ballyvaughan
Knocknacarra Ballybane Castlegar Ballinderreen Carron & New Quay
Sacred Heart Good Shepherd Killannin Clarinbridge Ennistymon & Lahinch
Salthill Mervue Leitirmóir Craughwell Kilfenora
Saint Joseph Renmore Moycullen Gort & Beagh Liscannor & Moymore
Saint Mary, Claddagh St Augustine Oranmore Kilbeacanty & Peterswell Lisdoonvarna & Kilshanny
  St Patrick Oughterard Kilchreest & Castledaly  
    Rosmuc Kinvara  
    An Spidéal    

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 Rev. Michael Dean McLoughlin
Very Rev. Peter Canon Rabbitte, VG
Rev. 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.