The Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has announced a series of new diocesan appointments which will take effect from Friday July 19.
The changes are to reflect a number of retirements in the diocese which spreads across Mayo and Galway. It also accommodates some priests who are to be given extra duties in the operation of the diocese or who are to minister overseas.
The Mayo changes are: Rt Rev Mgr Dermot Moloney, PP, VG, Crossboyne, to retire. He continues as Vicar General.
Very Rev James Canon Quinn, CC, Taugheen, to have responsibility for the pastoral and sacramental care of Crossboyne and responsibility for the administration of Taugheen.
Very Rev Martin O’Connor, PP, VF, Ballindine, to have responsibility on behalf of the cluster for the administration of Crossboyne.
Very Rev James Canon Walsh, PP, Kilmeena, to retire as parish priest. As assistant priest he will have responsibility for the pastoral and sacramental care of the parish.
Very Rev Charlie McDonnell, Adm, Westport, to have responsibility for administration of Kilmeena parish.
Very Rev John Garvey, PP, Carnacon to retire.
Rev Michael Farragher, CC, Castlebar to be PP, Carnacon.
Rev Ronnie Boyle, CC, Achill to be PP, Letterfrack.
Rev Seán Cunningham, CC, Tuam, to be CC, Castlebar.
Rev Frank McGrath, SMA, Williamstown to be CC, Achill.
Rev Tom Kearney, SMA, CC, Keel, Achill, to retire and return to the Society of African Missions at the end of summer 2013.
Very Rev John Fallon, PP, Kilmaine, to be Canon of the Cathedral Chapter.