Clergy Conference 2016

TKA Annual Clergy Conference took place between the 12th and 14th October. The venue this year was the excellent Armada Hotel at Spanish Point in County Clare. As we pulled into the hotel car park we were greeted by a stunning view over Spanish Point Bay with it’s golden strand...

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Visitor from Kajiado Diocese, Kenya

Killala Cathedral was pleased to welcome the Ven. Naftaly Lemooke from the diocese of Kajiado, Anglican Church of Kenya, as their harvest preacher on Sunday 2nd October. He was accompanied by the Revd Roger Thompson, CMS Ireland Partnership Co-ordinator for Kenya. He brought greetings from the Bishop of Kajiado, the...

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Sunday School Teachers Training Day

Eleven people attended a diocesan training day for Sunday School teachers and helpers at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris on Saturday 3rd September. We were joined for the day by Lydia Monds and Lynn Storey from the Sunday School Society / Childrens’ Ministry Network. We had an exciting programme...

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Ballisodare Institution

The Institution of the Reverend Dr. Andrew Ison to the Ballisodare Group of Parishes took place in Saint Paul’s Church, Colooney on Thursday 6th October. A packed congregation was led in worship by the Rural Dean, Revd Stephen McWhirter, who had been in charge of the parish during the year...

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Country Gospel Concert in Westport

Legendary Achill man James Kilbane will be in Holy Trinity Church in Westport on Friday October 21 at 8pm with his full band for a great night of Country Gospel Music. The night is a major fundraiser for repairs to this remarkable church, one of the glories of the West...

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Diocesan Refugee Crisis Appeal

‘As a mother who lives a comfortable life, I can’t sit by and watch the suffering of millions without doing something.’ So writes Samara Levy on her website ‘Samara’s Aid Appeal’ ( http://www.samarasaidappeal.org ) As we watched the appaling tragedy of the Refugee Crisis in and around Syria which has...

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Bishop Rooke’s Address to Synod 2016 in Full

September 8th and the commemoration of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary marked the fifth anniversary of my consecration as Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry. So with five years of episcopal ministry under my belt, this is my sixth Presidential Address to our Diocesan Synod. From a diocesan...

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The New Chief Officer of the Representative Church Body

DAVID RITCHIE, THE RECENTLY APPOINTED CHIEF OFFICER & SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE REPRESENTATIVE CHURCH BODY OF THE CHURCH OF IRELAND, TALKS TO PETER CHENEY OF THE C of I PRESS OFFICE ABOUT HIS PLANS FOR THE ROLE. DAVID, CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE? I have had a varied...

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New Rector for Ballisodare

The Ison family are really looking forward to their move to the Ballisodare Group of Parishes and wanted to tell you a little bit about themselves. Andrew is currently working as a vicar in East Yorkshire where he has oversight of five churches, four in villages and a larger church...

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