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Cashel & Emly Listening Process 

Cashel & Emly Listening Process Follow-Up – September 12th 2019, Feast of St. Ailbe.

The Listening Process has been completed throughout Cashel & Emly.  We have now prepared a detailed ‘Diocesan Listening Process Report and next steps – a discussion document’ (Report)  – click here to download – which has been presented to parish groups during March / April with further discussions held during May.  We continue to reflect as people and priests of Cashel & Emly in the coming months as follows;


1.                    Clergy Conference on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 beginning with Lunch @ 1.00pm and concluding @ 4.30pm in Ballykisteen Hotel – to be facilitated by Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon (Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies) and with input from members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.


2.                    October 2019 Gatherings of Parishes.

The six Gatherings of Parishes will focus upon establishing priorities arising from all our Listening Reports.  All parish groups are invited to participate with their neighbouring parishes in accord with the following schedule;

  • Wed 9th Oct @ 7.30pm – Thurles Parishes in Templemore Arms Hotel, namely, Thurles, Borrisoleigh & Ileigh, Drom & Inch, Loughmore & Castleiney, Templemore, Clonmore & Killea, Templetuohy & Moyne and Upperchurch & Drombane.

  • Thur 10th Oct @ 7.30pm – Cashel Parishes in Holycross Community Hall, namely, Cashel & Rosegreen, Boherlahan & Dualla, Clonoulty & Rossmore, Golden & Kilfeacle, Holycross & Ballycahill, Knockavilla & Donaskeigh, Moycarkey, Two-Mile-Borris & Littleton and New Inn & Knockgraffon.

  • Tues 15th Oct @ 7.30pm – Fethard/Ballingarry Parishes in Fethard Ballroom, namely, Fethard & Killusty, Clerihan, Ballingarry, Drangan & Cloneen, Gortnahoe & Glengoole, Killenaule & Moyglass and Mullinahone.

  • Wed 16th Oct @ 7.30pm – Hospital/Galbally Parishes in Galbally Hall, namely, Hospital & Herbertstown, Galbally & Aherlow, Ballylanders, Emly, Kilbehenny & Anglesborough, Kilteely & Dromkeen, Knockaney & Patrickswell, Knocklong & Glenbrohane and Pallasgreen & Templebraden

  • Wed 23rd Oct @ 7.30pm – Tipperary Parishes in The Marian Hall, Tipperary, namely, Tipperary, Anacarty & Donohill, Bansha & Kilmoyler, Cappawhite, Lattin & Cullen and Solohead & Oola.

  • Wed 30th Oct @ 7.30pm – Murroe Parishes in The Millennium Centre, Caherconlish, namely,  Murroe & Boher, Ballina & Boher, Ballinahinch & Killoscully, Ballybricken & Bohermore, Caherconlish & Inch St. Laurence, Cappamore, Doon, Kilcommon, Hollyford & Rearcross and Newport, Birdhill & Toor.

The three fold format of each Gathering will be;

–          Discussion of the response from parish groups to the following questions;

  (a).       Your response to the Listening Reports – Diocesan, Parish, Priests?

  (b).       How can we use these reports to inform and guide us in planning and action?

  (c).       What might be needed to support these next steps?

–          Prayer

–          Input on ‘The Church of the Future’.


3.                    Training for Parish Groups.

Inservice training support for parish groups will be provided by Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon and Rose O’Connor (Limerick Diocese) at four venues throughout the diocese on the four Mondays of Nov 2019 with a view to further training in Spring 2020.


Fr Martin Hayes, Cashel & Emly Diocesan Pastoral Planning & Development