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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly

Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly
Archidioecesis Casheliensis et Emeliensis
Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles
Country Ireland
Territory Most of North Tipperary and parts of South Tipperary and County Limerick.
Ecclesiastical province Province of Cashel
Area 1,190 sq mi (3,100 km2)
- Catholics

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established United 10 May 1718
Cathedral The Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles
Patron saint St Ailbe
Current leadership
Pope Template:Incumbent pope
Archbishop Dermot Clifford,
Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly within the Province of Cashel.

The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly (Irish: Ard-Deoise Chaisil agus Imligh) is a Roman Catholic archdiocese in mid-western Ireland. The archdiocese is led by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, who serves as pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of the Assumption and Metropolitan of the Metropolitan Province of Cashel. The Diocese of Cashel was established in 1111 by the Synod of Rathbreasail. The Ecclesiastical province, which was roughly co-extensive with the secular province of Munster,[1] was created in 1152 by the Synod of Kells. The cathedral church of the archdiocese is the Cathedral of the Assumption.

As of 2013 the incumbent Ordinary is Dermot Clifford.

Province and geographic remit

The Province of Cashel is one of four ecclesiastical provinces that together form the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland; the other provinces are Armagh, Tuam and Dublin. The geographical remit of the province includes most of the county of North Tipperary, much of the northern part of South Tipperary as well as an eastern slice of County Limerick. The suffragan dioceses of the province are:

Ecclesiastical history

The Archdiocese consists of two older entities: The "Diocese of Cashel" and the "Diocese of Emly". Since the Papal Legate, Cardinal Paparo, awarded the pallium to Donat O'Lonergan of Cashel at the Synod of Kells,[2] his successors have ruled the ecclesiastical Province of Cashel (or Munster as it is sometimes known). The diocese of Emly took its name from the village of Emly in South Tipperary, which was the location of the principal church of the Eóghanacht dynasty. The original dioceses of Cashel and Emly have been united since 1718 (in the Roman Catholic Church). Following the Reformation in Ireland, the two dioceses of the Established church were united since 1569. This union lasted until 1976. Since that date, the Church of Ireland diocese of Cashel was merged with United dioceses of Cashel, Waterford, Lismore, Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin while Emly was merged with the United dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert, Kilmacduagh and Emly.


Despite the name, the archdiocese's episcopal seat (the cathedra) lies neither in the town of Cashel nor of Emly, but in nearby Thurles. This is due to the supplanting of the Roman Catholic archbishops from their see by the appointees of the crown on behalf of the established Church of Ireland. From the time of the English Reformation onwards, those archbishops appointed by Rome had to make their throne in whichever house in Tipperary would hide them from the forces of the crown. This state of affairs continued until the late 18th century when some of the harsher provisions of the Penal Laws were relaxed.

James Butler 2nd (1774-91),[3] on being appointed by Rome moved his residence and cathedra from Cashel, favouring Thurles instead, where his successors continue to reign today.


Main article: Archbishop of Cashel

Deaneries and Parishes

The archdiocese is divided into eight deaneries, each of which is divided into a number of parishes (or combined parishes).[4]

Deanery of Ballingarry
Deanery of Cashel
Deanery of Fethard
  • Fethard and Killusty
  • Clerihan
Deanery of Galbally
  • Galbally and Lisvemane
  • Emly
  • Ballylanders
  • Kilbehenny and Anglesboro
Deanery of Hospital
Deanery of Murroe
  • Murroe and Boher
  • Ballina and Boher
  • Ballinahinch and Kiloscully
  • Newport, Birdhill and Toor
  • Caherconlish and Inch St. Laurence
  • Ballybricken and Bohermore
  • Cappamore
  • Kilcommon and Hollyford and Rearcross
Deanery of Thurles
Deanery of Tipperary

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Coordinates: 52°40′44″N 7°48′50″W / 52.67889°N 7.81389°W / 52.67889; -7.81389

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