to the website of the diocese of Clogher which includes County Monaghan, most of County Fermanagh and portions of Counties Tyrone, Donegal, Louth and Cavan, extending cross country from the Atlantic Ocean at Bundoran almost to the Irish Sea, not far from Dundalk.
The Cathedral Church is dedicated to St. Macartan and is situated in Monaghan town. The style is French Gothic of the fourteenth century to the design of the architect J. J. McCarthy, and it was built during the years 1860 to 1892. The interior was radically rearranged and refurbished in the 1980’s under the direction of Bishop Joseph Duffy (Bishop of Clogher, 1979-2010).
Bishop Liam MacDaid was Bishop of Clogher from 2010 until his retirement was accepted by Pope Francis on 1 October 2016. Monsignor Joseph McGuinness is the Diocesan Administrator during the period of Sede Vacante – while the seat of the bishop is vacant. The Bishop’s residence and the Diocesan Administration Office are adjacent to the Cathedral. The diocese of Clogher is made up of 37 parishes served by over 60 priests. There are 85 churches across the diocese.
The diocese is the site of many ancient monastic foundations including those of Lough Erne, the best known of which is probably Devenish. The most famous and frequented site is the pilgrimage island known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg. The traditional Three Day Pilgrimage Season extends from 1 June-15 August, and an extensive range of one day retreats is offered outside this season.
We welcome visitors to our site and hope you will find the information helpful. You will be equally welcome if you come in person and visit one of our parishes or place of pilgrimage. If we can be of any assistance to you during your visit do not hesitate to ask.
May God the Father keep you safe under his protection, may Jesus Christ always walk with you on life’s journey and the Holy Spirit be your guide.