Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly

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The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly (Irish: Ard-Deoise Chaisil agus Imligh) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese in mid-western Ireland and the metropolis of the eponymous ecclesiastical province.

Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly

Archidioecesis Casheliensis et Emeliensis

Ard-Deoise Chaisil agus Imligh
TerritoryMost of County Tipperary and part of County Limerick
Ecclesiastical provinceCashel and Emly
Area1,190 sq mi (3,100 km2)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2018)
79,505 (97.0%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established10 May 1718
CathedralCathedral of the Assumption, Thurles
Patron saintSt Ailbe
Secular priests77 (as of 2018)
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopKieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel
Vicar GeneralArchdeacon Eugene Everard
Bishops emeritusDermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel
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The cathedral church of the archdiocese is the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles, County Tipperary.

The incumbent archbishop of the archdiocese is Kieran O'Reilly.


The original Dioceses of Cashel and Emly were established by the Synod of Ráth Breasail in 1111.[1]

Diocese of CashelEdit

The Diocese of Cashel was elevated to the rank of ecclesiastical province, which was roughly co-extensive with the traditional province of Munster, by the Synod of Kells in 1152. Since the Papal Legate, Giovanni Paparoni, awarded the pallium to Donat O'Lonergan in 1158, his successors have ruled the ecclesiastical province of Cashel – also sometimes known as Munster – until 26 January 2015.[1]

Diocese of EmlyEdit

The Diocese of Emly took its name from the eponymous village in County Tipperary, which was the location of the principal church of the Eóghanacht dynasty.[2][3]

Archdiocese of Cashel and EmlyEdit

The original Roman Catholic dioceses of Cashel and Emly had been governed by the same bishop since 10 May 1718, with the Archbishop of Cashel acting as Apostolic Administrator of Emly, until they were united on 26 January 2015 to form the new metropolitan see of Cashel and Emly.[4]

Church of IrelandEdit

Following the Reformation in Ireland, the two Church of Ireland dioceses of Cashel and Emly were united in 1569. This union lasted until 1976, at which point the diocese of Cashel was merged into the Diocese of Cashel and Ossory, while the diocese of Emly was merged into the Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe.


Ecclesiastical provinceEdit

The ecclesiastical province is one of four that make up the Catholic Church in Ireland; the others being Armagh, Dublin, and Tuam.

The six suffragan dioceses of the province are:


The archdiocese is divided into 46 parishes, which are spread across two counties: 35 in Tipperary and 11 in Limerick. The parishes are grouped into eight deaneries.[5]

As of April 2018, there were 79 priests in the diocese.[6]

Aside from the cathedral town of Thurles, the main towns in the diocese are Ballina, Caherconlish, Cashel, Fethard, Templemore, and Tipperary.

Parishes in Cashel and Emly
Deanery Parishes
  • Clerihan
  • Fethard and Killusty


The following is a list of the ten most recent archbishops:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Cashel and Emly (Archdiocese)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Emly (Diocese)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Cashel". New Advent. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Ireland". GCatholic. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Cashel & Emly - Deanery Map". Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  6. ^ Baker, Noel (3 April 2018). "Special Report - Diocese by diocese: The state of the Catholic Church on the island of Ireland today". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2 April 2021.

External linksEdit

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