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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach

Diocesan Archive

The Galway Diocesan Archive is maintained in a secure location which is not immediately accessible. All queries should be directed to the archivist, Mr Tom Hansberry, or to Dr Darina McCarthy, who can be contacted via at

The archive contains items of historical interest relating to parishes, administrative matters relating to the diocese, and a library. Sacramental records are not kept at diocesan level: they remain with individual parishes. If you are searching for a baptismal, marriage or death record, please apply to the parish in which the sacrament was administered. You will find contact details for all parishes here.

Rules regarding access to the archives are presently under review. Weblinks to the rules and the archive application process will be added when the review has been completed. In the meantime, you are welcome to email us with any queries via the link above.

An item from the archives which may be of interest:
Edward MacLysaght & H.F. Berry, 'Report on documents relating to the Wardenship of Galway'Analecta Hibernica no.14 (The Irish Manuscripts Commission Ltd, 1944).
This issue of Analecta Hibernica is devoted to material relating to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction known as the Wardenship of Galway. Its history covers a period of three and a half centuries: from 1484, when the Wardenship was created, to 1831, in which year the Catholic Diocese of Galway, subsequently united to the Dioceses of Kilfenora and Kilmacduagh, was formed.