The Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe

The Anglican Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe is part of the Church of Ireland and therefore part of the world wide Anglican Communion. Whatever you are looking for you will find it in our diocese, from the quiet beauty of forests and mountains, spectacular cliffs dropping straight into the wild Atlantic, busy seaside towns and the bustle of the city. Yes and a river runs through it all. Wherever you go in our diocese you will find us, the Anglican community, bearing witness to the one God, Father Son and Holy Spirit, who creates and redeems all things.

Why not drop in at one of our events or just join us for Sunday worship? You will find a warm welcome wherever you go amongst us.

Who’s Who in Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Dean – The Very Rev’d Niall J. Sloane

Dean’s Vicar – VACANT

Curate’s Assistant – The Rev’d Dr Leonard Madden

Diocesan Reader – Mr Andrew Ellerker

Organist – Mr Peter Barley

Organ Scholar – Ms Irina Dernova

Caretaker & Tourism Officer – Ms Noreen Ellerker

Dean’s Administrator – Ms Catherine Caball

Dean’s Verger – Mr Craig Copley Brown

Tower Captain – Dr Mike Pomeroy

The Deans & Chapter of the United Diocese of Limerick & Killaloe

Dean of Limerick – The Very Rev’d Niall J. Sloane

Dean of Killaloe – The Very Roderick L. Smyth  

Archdeacon of Limerick – The Ven. Simon J. Lumby

Archdeacon of Killaloe – The Ven. Terence I. Mitchell

Precentor – The Rev’d Patrick Comerford

Chancellor – The Rev’d Elizabeth P. Beasley

Treasurer – The Rev’d Jane A. Galbraith

Prebend of St Munchin’s & Tulloh – The Rev’d James C. Stephens

Prebend of Inniscattery – The Rev’d R. Charles McCartney

Prebend of Athnett – VACANT



Early Life, Education & Ministry

The Right Revd Dr Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe was born in Dublin in 1953 he attended Mountjoy School and Trinity College where he studied Philosophy. Following further study at Cambridge and in Dublin, he was ordained a priest in 1982.

He served as curate in All Saints Raheny and St John’s Coolock before his appointment as dean of residence at Trinity. In 1991 he became rector of Tullow (Dublin) before becoming director of the Irish School of Ecumenics in 1999.  From 2005 to 2015 he was secretary general of the Anglican Communion.  He is author of Medical Ethics: an Introduction (Columba 1995) and has contributed to a number of volumes on education, family and medical ethics.

He was elected Bishop of Limerick & Killaloe on 8th September 2014 and consecrated on 24th January 2015 in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.  He was enthroned in St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick on 7th February 2015.

Dr Kearon is married to Jennifer, they have three adult daughters.


The Bells 


Join the Friends of Saint Mary’s Cathedral


The Friends of Saint Mary’s exist to support the Dean & Cathedral Chapter in maintaining and enhancing the Cathedral and its surroundings. Assisting and supporting the Dean and Chapter in maintaining and improving the services, music, fabric, fittings, furniture, ornaments, monuments and facilities of the Cathedral. Encouraging the interest and participation of young people through education and activities. Stimulating and maintaining public interest in the Cathedral. Supporting the needs of the Cathedral’s mission in the modern world.



To get to know each other (as ‘friends’ as well as ‘Friends’) we enjoy a varied programme of shared activities, including lectures, excursions and social events; an annual highlight is the Friends’ Christmas concert in the Cathedral given by talented young performers. In June every year we gather for the Friends’ Festival: this includes the AGM, as well as an opportunity to visit parts of the Cathedral and its precincts not otherwise open to the public. The day culminates in Festal Evensong.

Friends receive an annual membership card which entitles them to free access to the Cathedral, and new members are invited to participate in a ‘welcome’ tour of the Cathedral. All members receive a Newsletter each year to keep them informed about events and activities. There Friends are united in their desire to support and maintain this 850-year-old Cathedral. Joining the Friends helps ensure that we can continue this important work.


Silver Member 

(Restricted to those under 18 years old)

Benefits include:

  • A ‘welcome’ tour of the Cathedral
  • Free access to the Cathedral 

Gold Member

Benefits include:

  • A ‘welcome’ tour of the Cathedral
  • Free access to the Cathedral
  • A copy of the annual Newsletter
  • Invitation to the Friends Service and Reception
  • 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop

Diamond Member

Benefits include:

  • A ‘welcome’ tour of the Cathedral
  • Free access to the Cathedral
  • A copy of the annual Newsletter
  • Invitation to the Friends Service and Reception
  • 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop
  • Inscription in the Cathedral Roll Book

Platinum (Corporate) Member

Benefits include:

  • Limited to 850 members
  • A ‘welcome’ tour of the Cathedral by the Dean
  • Free access to the Cathedral
  • A copy of the annual Newsletter
  • Invitation to the Friends Service and Reception
  • Inscription in the Cathedral Roll Book
  • 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop
  • Invitation to the Cathedral lectures, launches and events
  • Use of corporate imaging on Cathedral Publications


Silver: €15 per annum

Gold: €25 per annum

Diamond: €250 for life

Platinum (Corporate): €850 for 10 years

Family membership €70 per annum

Couples membership €45 per annum

Prayer for Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Almighty God, in whose keeping are the plans and purposes of your Church.  Mercifully look upon this ancient place of prayer, inspire its worship, so that your life and light may spread throughout and beyond these United Dioceses and City.  To the Glory of your Name, and the coming of the Kingdom.  Amen.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Annual Report

For the 2019 Report click here

For the 2018 Report click here

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