The Diocese of Derry is the
fourth largest diocese in Ireland and
the most northerly. It consists of 51
parishes, organised into four deaneries,
with territory in Counties Derry, Tyrone
and Donegal, as well as a small part
of County Antrim. Ireland’s most northerly
point, Malin Head, is in the parish
of Malin, Co. Donegal.
There are approximately 235,000 Catholics
in the diocese. The religious and spiritual
well-being of the people is served by
approximately 100 priest, as well as
Religious Brothers and Sisters in various
ministries throughout the diocese.
Parishes vary in size and character,
from recently established urban parishes,
such as Holy Family Parish in Derry
to small, rural parishes like Greencastle,
in County Tyrone.
The diocese has a long and Noble History*.
The Catholic faith has grown from its
earliest foundations, with the monastery
and St. Eugene at Ardstraw and the monastery
founded by St. Columba at Derry. (See
related articles on St. Eugene and St.
The ecclesial centre of the diocese
is St. Eugene’s Cathedral, in Derry.
St. Eugene’s Cathedral is the mother
church of the diocese and, of course,
the principle church of the bishop.
The Bishop is both bishop of the diocese
and Parish Priest of Templemore.
This website lists the parishes of
the Diocese, providing useful information,
including Mass times and Confessions.
There is also a contact information
for the priests of the diocese and general
information on diocesan structures and
* A Noble History A short history of the
diocese of Derry by John R. Walsh. 2001
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