Longford Parish comprises
the town of Longford and surrounding area,
which is the main town of Co. Longford,
itself found in the Midlands of Ireland
on the east side of the River Shannon. The
traditional name for the parish is ‘Templemichael
and Ballymacormack’. There
are over 4,000 households in the parish
It is also the Cathedral
parish of the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmancois.
Bishop Colm O’Reilly resides in the
parish and the diocescan offices and pastoral
centre are also located here.
The Catholic faithful
of Longford are currently served by five
priests. There are three churches: St. Mel’s
Cathedral, St. Anne’s Church, Curry
and St. Michael’s Church, Shroid.
The priests of Longford Parish have also
ministered for a number of years to the
adjoining parish of Killashee & Clondra.
There is also a chapel at St. Joseph’s
Hospital served by the chaplain there, Fr.
Jim Regan of St. Patrick’s Missionary
Society, Kiltegan. There is a Convent of
Mercy and Mercy sisters living throughout
the town. There are six National Schools,
one Special School and three secondary schools
amongst other educational initiatives.
It is a vibrant parish
with many initiatives always ongoing by
a people of deep faith rooted in a tradition
that stretches from the time of St. Mel
in the fifth century to the present day.