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18th Diocesan Council of Priests

The Council of Priests is an advisory body to the Archbishop of Dublin.  It comprises elected and nominated members of priests of the Diocese.  The Council meets for a minimum of six times a year and advises on a range of issues and gives direction on pastoral initiatives.

Most Rev. Dermot Farrell

Very Rev. Andrew O’Sullivan

Very Rev. Joseph Mullan

Very Rev. Robert Smyth

Membra Nata:
Very Rev. Gareth Byrne, VG, Moderator of the Curia
Very Rev. Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll, VG
Very Rev. Donal Roche, VG
Rt Rev. Msgr John Dolan
Rt Rev. Msgr Eoin Thynne
Very Rev. Liam Canon Rigney
Very Rev. Paul Coyle
Very Rev. Enda Cunningham
Very Rev. Richard Sheehy
Very Rev. Paul Thornton

Archbishop’s Personal Nominees:
Very Rev. James Daly
Very Rev. Gerard Moore
Rev. Patrick Sweeney

Deanery Representatives:
Blanchardstown: Rev. John Regan, SAC
Blessington: Very Rev. Richard Behan
Bray: Rev. Gerard Tyrrell
Cullenswood: Very Rev. Andrew O’Sullivan
Donnybrook: Very Rev. Joseph Mullan
Fingal North: Very Rev. Kevin Bartley
Fingal South East: Very Rev. Robert Smyth
Fingal South West: Very Rev. Richard Hyland
Howth: Very Rev. John Canon Flaherty
Maynooth: Very Rev. Philip Curran
North City Centre: Very Rev. Paul Churchill
South City Centre: Very Rev. Fergal McDonagh
South Dublin: Very Rev. Michael Murtagh
Tallaght: Rev. John Kelly
Wicklow: Very Rev. David Brough

Religious Priests’ Elected Representatives:
Rev. Bryan Shortall, OFM Cap.
Rev. Kieran O’Mahony, OSA
Rev. John Callanan, SJ
Very Rev. Benedict Moran, OP

Retired Priests’ Representative
Very Rev. Peadar Canon Murney

Migrant Chaplain
Rev. Anthony Hou


Metropolitan Chapter

See Metropolitan Chapter


Diocesan Advisory Ecumenism Committee

The Dublin Diocesan Advisory Committee on Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue is an advisory body to Archbishop Dermot Farrell. It meets periodically to consider ideas, proposals, initiatives, and projects contributing both to the promotion of Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Dialogue in the context of the Dublin Archdiocese.

It is involved in the organisation of ecumenical events such as the week of prayer for Christian Unity, and an annual ecumenical lecture. Two of its members are observers of the Dublin Council of Churches.  In 2002 it organised the Day of Prayer for Peace that brought together for prayer, leaders and representatives of the Churches and faith communities present in Dublin.

Chairman Vacant

Committee Members
Very Rev. Kieran McDermott

Reverend Damian McNeice
Mrs Anne McDonagh
Sr. Louise O’Sullivan
Very Rev. Liam Ó Cuív
Canon John Flaherty
Monsignor Peter Briscoe
Rev. Michael Shortall
Ms. Eilis O’Malley


College of Consultors

Very Rev Gareth Byrne, VG, Moderator of the Diocesan Curia
Very Rev Ciaran O’Carroll, PP,VG
Very Rev. Donal Roche, Adm, VG
Very Rev. Paul Coyle, Chancellor

Very Rev. Andrew O’Sullivan, Adm, Chair of the Council of Priests
Very Rev. Joseph Mullan, Moderator, Vice-Chair of the Council of Priests
Very Rev. Philip Curran, Moderator
Very Rev. Gerry Kane, PP