Roman Catholic Diocese of Limerick

The Diocese of Limerick (Irish: Deoise Luimnigh) is a Roman Catholic diocese in mid-western Ireland, one of six suffragan dioceses in the ecclesiastical province of Cashel and Emly.

Diocese of Limerick

Dioecesis Limericiensis

Deoise Luimnigh
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TerritoryMost of County Limerick and parts of counties Clare and Kerry
Ecclesiastical provinceCashel and Emly
MetropolitanCashel and Emly
Area811 sq mi (2,100 km2)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
184,300 (95.8%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
CathedralSt John's, Limerick
Patron saintSs Munchin and Ita
Secular priests65 (as of 2018)
Current leadership
BishopBrendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick
Metropolitan ArchbishopKieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly
Bishops emeritusDonal Murray,
Bishop of Limerick
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The cathedral church of the diocese is St John's Cathedral in Limerick.

The incumbent bishop of the diocese is Brendan Leahy.


The diocese is divided into 60 parishes, which are spread across three counties: 57 in Limerick, 18 of which are in the Limerick city area, two in Clare, and one between Limerick and Kerry.

The parishes are grouped into 16 Pastoral Units, where groups of priests are appointed to cover a number of parishes between them.[1]

As of 2018, there were 65 priests in active ministry, 27 of whom were over the age of 65.[2]

Aside from the cathedral city of Limerick, the main towns in the diocese are Abbeyfeale, Adare, Kilmallock, Newcastle West, and Rathkeale.

Pastoral Unit Parishes
Pastoral Unit 1
  • St John's
  • Monaleen
  • St Patrick's / St Brigid's
  • St Michael's
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, Milford
Pastoral Unit 2
  • St Joseph's
  • St Saviour's
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
Pastoral Unit 3
  • Donoughmore / Knockea / Roxboro
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace
  • Holy Family
Pastoral Unit 4 Sub-unit A
Sub-unit B
  • St Mary's
  • St Nicholas'
Pastoral Unit 5
Pastoral Unit 6
Pastoral Unit 7 Sub-unit A
Sub-unit B
Pastoral Unit 8
Pastoral Unit 9 Sub-unit A
Sub-unit B
Pastoral Unit 10
Pastoral Unit 11
Pastoral Unit 12
Pastoral Unit 13
Pastoral Unit 14
Pastoral Unit 15
Pastoral Unit 16


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

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  1. ^ Hurley, David (2 December 2018). "New 'pastoral units' unveiled for Diocese of Limerick". Limerick Leader. Retrieved 3 April 2021.
  2. ^ 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 3 April 2021.

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