Statement of Bishop Leo O’Reilly on the publication of the Second Safeguarding Report on the Diocese of Kilmore

10 September 2018 I welcome the completion of the second review of safeguarding practice in the diocese of Kilmore. The review was carried out by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland during February and March 2018. Our first review, carried out in 2010, focused mainly on the management of […]

Address at Diocesan Ceremony Service for WMOF 2018

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES OPENING ST NINNIDH’S CHURCH, DERRYLIN 21 August 2018 At this moment people are gathered like us in every diocese in the country for the opening ceremonies of The World Meeting of Families. Here in Kilmore diocese, we have come together to pray that this vast gathering of families from Ireland and […]

Statement by Bishop Leo O’Reilly on the visit of Pope Francis to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland

  My first comment on the visit of Pope Francis over last weekend is that it was a huge success.    Importantly I am conscious that his two-day intensive pilgrimage wasn’t so much a visit to Ireland, rather the Holy Father came here to attend events associated with the conclusion of the five-day celebration of […]

Homily of Bishop Leo at The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock 17th June 2018

It is good to be here in Knock, at the shrine of Our Lady, now that the Pope Francis has confirmed that he will visit Knock as part of the celebration of the World Meeting of Families in Ireland, from 21 – 26 August next.  But then again, it is good to be in Knock […]

Message to Parishoners re. Pastoral Letter on 8th Amendment.

Dear Parishioners, Today,  I have asked the priests to distribute a Pastoral Message that I have written about the upcoming referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. I am conscious that this is a complex and very sensitive subject to address and that it may touch some people very personally. That is why I […]

Joint Christmas Message 2018

  JOINT CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2017 Christmas is on the cards. Sending and receiving Christmas cards is still very much part of our Christmas experience. There is a whole variety of greetings on the cards :Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings’, Nollaig Shona Duit and Ho Ho Ho are but a few offered this year. The greeting is […]

Statement on the death of Fr Ronan Drury

I heard of the death of Fr Ronan Drury with great sadness. Even though I had known him since my days as a student in Maynooth in the nineteen sixties, it was only in more recent years that I got to know him fairly well and to appreciate his great qualities. He had been Professor […]

Homily at the funeral of Fr. Raymond Brady

Parishioners here will know that in recent times Fr Ray usually occupied a seat over there in the sanctuary for Mass as often as he was able to. Illness slowed him down, but it never kept him late. He would always be there in good time, and would have said at least a rosary before […]

Homily at Funeral Mass for Fr. Brian McNamara

  Today we say farewell to Canon Brian McNamara. He enjoyed robust good health for most of his long life, but in recent years he was confined to the house because of illness. He was wonderfully looked after  here in his adopted parish of Derrylin by a team of carers who went far beyond the […]


Feast Of The Body And Blood Of Christ 18 June 2017   Before he ascended into heaven Christ promised his disciples – paradoxically: “I will be with you always, till the end of the world.” Christ remains with us above all in the Eucharist – the Mass. The feast of Corpus Christi – the feast […]