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Parish Priest: Fr. Pat Conroy
Tel: (090) 974 5021
Ballinakill/ Derrybrien is an ancient parish dating back to the time of St. Patrick. The church is on an elevated site overlooking the countryside of South-East Galway and on the Clare border. For four hundred years, the Carthusians had a church in the parish - the ruins of the church can be seen in the cemetery grounds. The present church was completed in 1894 and renovated in 1973.
The church of St. Patrick in Derrybrien - the other church in our parish was completed in 1894. Tradition tells us that Saint Patrick himself visited this parish on one of his evngelising journeys.
Parish Priest: Monsignor Cathal Geraghty, P.P., V.G.
• Fr. Augustine Chifu, C.C.
• Fr. Charles Nyameh, C.C.
• Fr. Aidan Costello. C.C.
The Carmlelite Fathers
Carmelite Abbey- Ph: 091 841209
Loughrea is the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Clonfert. There are two churches in the parish: the Carmelite Abbey and St. Brendan's Cathedral. The Carmelite Fathers have been in Loughrea since the year 1300.
Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Kennedy
Tel: (057) 915 1358
Lusmagh is the only parish in the diocese of Clonfert which is in County Offaly, and in the province of Leinster. Official records show Lusmagh as part of County Galway until the 17th century, hence its position in Clonfert diocese. In early Christian times the parish was called Kilmochonna as Saint Mochonna founded a monastery here around 600 AD. Saint Cronan also founded a monastery in the locality and the present day church (pictured on the left) and parish are dedicated to him.