A change in parish boundaries in the Kilmore Diocese will affect the parishes of Templeport, Corlough/Drumreilly Lower and Oughteragh (Ballinamore).
The parish of Corlough/Drumreilly Lower was created by the amalgamation of the parishes of Corlough and Drumreilly Lower in 1964. Corlough (Co Cavan) parish had earlier been part of the Parish of Templeport up until the year 1877, when it became a separate parish.
The Corlough area of the parish of Corlough/Drumreilly Lower will re-establish its connection with Templeport from this month. The new parish will be known as the Parish of Corlough/Templeport.
Drumreilly Lower will join the parish of Oughteragh (Ballinamore) to become the parish of Ballinamore/Drumreilly Lower.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly said, “I wish to express publicly my deep appreciation for the co-operation and understanding of the parishioners of the parishes concerned, and in particular the members of the Parish Pastoral Councils and Finance Committees, in the consultations regarding this change. I trust that this change will enable all the parishioners in the parishes concerned to continue to receive the pastoral care and services they have been accustomed to, despite the fall in the numbers of priests available for pastoral ministry in the diocese.”
Clerical changes in the diocese includes:
Fr. Phil Brady, P.E. C.C. Cross to retire.
Fr. Tom McManus, P.P. Corlough/Drumreilly Lower, to go on sabbatical leave.
Fr. Ultan McGoohan, currently on study leave to be Diocesan Director of Pastoral Services and part-time curate in Teemore.
Monsignor Michael Cooke P.E. to be Diocesan Director for the Diaconate Programme.