Curates of Kilmore

Curates of KilmoreNo Curate appears in the parish of Kilmore from the Reformation until the end of the 18th century. Indeed a great many parishes throughout Ireland had to make do for most of this period with a single priest. With the great increase of population in Ireland from the middle of the 18th century on, the gradual non-enforcement of the Penal laws, the building of Catholic Churches and chapels and the opening of seminaries such as Carlow. Kilkenny and Maynooth, curates became both more widely required and more readily available from the turn of the 18th-19th centuries. They were sometimes employed however through a personal agreement with the P.P. or on a short-term basis (e.g. because of the parish priest’s illness). It is not surprising therefore that in the early 19th century a parish which sometimes has a curate is at other times dependant on the parish priest alone.

We append below a list of the curates of the parish of Kilmore for nearly a century and a half. The years given in each case are for the most part those in which each priest’s name appears in Kilmore in the Irish Catholic Directory and the reader must therefore allow for a lapse of a year in some cases before this publication would have caught up with clerical changes.

  • 1835 – Father James Muldoon
  • 1835-37 Father Feran
  • 1838 – Father Peter Crilly
  • 1839-41 Vacant
  • 1842 – Father Francis Montague
  • 1842-46 Father Edward McGurk
  • 1847 – Father Peter Crilly
  • 1848-49 Father McHone
  • 1849-50 Father Charles McShane
  • 1851-53 Father C. Malone
  • 1853-57 Father P. Donnelly
  • 1858-59 Vacant
  • 1859-60 Father Michael McElhone
  • 1860-67 Father John McDonnell
  • 1869-72 Father John McShane
  • 1872-73 Father Patrick O’Neill
  • 1873-74 Father Michael McGurk
  • 1874-75 Father Thomas Murray
  • 1875-76 Father Thomas Cassidy
  • 1876-77 Father Peter Slevin
  • 1877-78 Father Tobias Clarke
  • 1878-79 Father Joseph Clarke
  • 1879-82 Father Joseph McAleavey
  • 1882-84 Father Owen Short
  • 1884-87 Father Henry McBride
  • 1887-89 Father Joseph Dunne
  • 1889-90 Father Felix Kerr
  • 1890-91 Father Peter Finnegan
  • 1891-93 Father Francis Devine
  • 1893-95 Father Patrick McNamee
  • 1895-97 Father AnthonyMcDonnell
  • 1897-99 Father Michael O’Brien
  • 1899-1901 Father Nathaniel Speer
  • 1901-03 Father Jomes Lennon
  • 1903-05 Father Michael McGuigan
  • 1906-08 Father Peter Neilis
  • 1908-09 Father John McBride
  • 1909-11 Father John Donnelly
  • 1911-13 Father Edward Murphy
  • 1914-16 Father Eugene Shortt
  • 1917-22 Father Alexander McPeake.
  • 1925 Father Joseph Hughes
  • 1926-27 Father John Rowan
  • 1928-39 Father James Donnelly
  • 1939-44 Father Kevin Mahon
  • 1944-48 Father Malachy Coyle
  • 1948-50 Father Peter Shields
  • 1951-52 Father James Devlin
  • 1953-57 Father Paul Johnson
  • 1958-60 Father Kieran MacOscar
  • 1961-65 Father Seamus McManus
  • 1965-66 Father Donal Sweeney
  • 1966-72 Father Robert Watson
  • 1972-80 Father Peter Campbell
  • 1980-85 Father Gerard Clifford

(Entries from this point made 1/2008)

  • 1985-1989 Father Gerard McGinnity
  • 1989-1991 Father Edward Rogan
  • 1991-1994 Canon. Tomas O’Sabhaois
  • 1994-2002 Father John Gates
  • 2002-2003 Father Peter McAnenely
  • 2003-2009 Father John Connolly
  • 2009-2012 Father Michael Toner
  • 2012-present Fr Oliver Brennan

In Residence
2005- present Father Kieran MacOscar (Retired)