Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross, Ireland
Bishop Fintan with Fr. Roman Biletskyy, Fr. Ray Riordan Co-PP and children of the Ukrainian CommunityBishop Fintan with Fr. Roman Biletskyy, Fr. Ray Riordan Co-PP and children of the Ukrainian Community

Fr. Roman Biletskyy and the Ukrainian Catholic Community in Cork and Ross invited Bishop Fintan to their celebration of the Feast of St. Nicholas on Sunday 3rd December in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield

In Ukraine, St. Nicholas (Mykolai) visits children during the night and brings presents on the 5th/6th December.

The night is often called "Magic Night" or just St. Nicholas Day. From the Feast of St. Nicholas, Ukrainians begin preparing for the Christmas.

The Ukrainian Catholic Community in the Diocese meets for the celebration of Holy Eucharist in Frankfield every Sunday at 1:00pm.

The Diocese of Cork and Ross has announced that Fr. Pat Walsh, a retired priest of the diocese who lived in Ahiohill has died this afternoon.

Fr. Pat was a native of Bandon Parish and was ordained to the priesthood on 19th June 1957 and began his ministry on temporary mission with the Kiltegan Fathers in Nigeria for three years. 

On returning to the Diocese of Cork and Ross, he ministered initially as curate pro tem in the Lough Parish and then joined the teaching staff of Farranferris College until 1972.  In those years, he also ministered as chaplain to St. Stephen’s Hospital, Sarsfield Court.

He served in the Cork and Ross Mission to Peru in Trujillo from 1972 – 1978.

Ater returning from Peru he ministered as Curate in Clonakilty, Parish Priest of Rosscarbery,  Assistant Priest in Rosscarbery and Kilmeen and Castleventry.

On retirement he went to live at the Presbytery in Ahiohill in Enniskeane Parish and continued to minister until recent years.

May he now rest in the peace of the Lord whom he served.

Fr Pat Walsh PP LRFr Pat Walsh PP LR


Bishop Fintan addresses students and staff in Kinsale Community SchoolBishop Fintan addresses students and staff in Kinsale Community School

Recently, Bishop Fintan made a Pastoral Visit to Kinsale Community School where he received a very warm welcome from School Principal Mr. Fergal McCarthy, members of the KCS Senior Management team and students including Head Boy- Evan Mc Carthy & Head Girl -Jessica Moloney.

Fr. Robert Young Co-PP of Kinsale Parish was also present together with representatives from the Sisters of Mercy Community Kinsale and Fr. James Eivers O. Carm. Prior of Kinsale Carmelite Friary.

The welcome was greatly enhanced by the remarkable talents of a large group of KCS students who provided a lovely traditional music performance for the Bishop.

Alpha in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne (North Cathedral)

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone, anywhere, to freely explore their unique questions about life, faith and God.

It is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith run over eleven weeks.

The sessions have three key elements: food, talk and discussion. Our sessions include food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know each other.

The talks are designed to engage and inspire conversation on big issues around faith.

The discussion is probably the most important part of any Alpha: it is the chance to share thoughts/ideas on the topic in an honest, friendly and open environment, and simply discuss it in a small group.

Alpha at the CathedralAlpha at the Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne (North Cathedral) will host Alpha on:

Wednesday evenings
7:30pm to 9:15pm
beginning 10 January to 20 March 2024

(with a Holy Spirit Day on Saturday, February 24th, 2024)

Please contact the Office for Mission and Ministry for more information and to register your interest.

Telephone: 021 735 5517


Register your interest here

Alpha Information Afternoon group discussionAlpha Information Afternoon group discussion

There was an engaging Alpha Information afternoon last Saturday, November 25th, at Ovens Parish Centre. It was a great opportunity for over 40 people from all over the Diocese to gather, learn more about Alpha and share their experiences.

Theresa Cronin gave an engaging and informative presentation on Alpha, what it is, why run it, and how it can be run in a Parish. John McCarthy (Clonakilty) and Gearóid Wycherley (Kinsale) spoke about Alpha from their own personal perspectives of attending and running Alphas in their Parishes. Mary Harrington (Douglas & Rochestown) shared her experience of attending Alpha and how she has now become involved as a facilitator in her Parish.