Bishop of Achonry

  • The new Bishop of Achonry is Fr Paul Dempsey, Parish Priest of Newbridge, Co Kildare.

    The position has been vacant since Bishop Brendan Kelly was installed as Bishop of Galway almost two years ago

    In the absence of a Bishop, Fr Dermot Meehan, Parish Priest of Swinford, has been acting as Diocesan Administrator.

    The appointment of the new Bishop of Achonry was announced in the Vatican this morning.

    49-year old Fr Paul Dempsey was born in Carlow and raised in Athy, Co Kildare.

    He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 and has served in a number of parishes in Kildare.

    He was appointed Parish Priest of Newbridge in 2015, and has now been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Achonry.


  • A new date has been set for the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Paul Dempsey as Bishop of Achonry.

    The ordination was originally scheduled for mid-April, but was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Fr Dempsey will be ordained Bishop of Achonry on Sunday 30th August at 3pm in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghadereen.

    Planning for the event will be in accordance with public health and Government guidelines, which means the number that can attend will be more limited than originally planned.


  • The ordination of the new Bishop of Achonry has been postponed.

    Bishop-elect Fr Paul Dempsey was due to be ordained on Sunday 19th April, but has requested that the Episcopal Ordination be postponed in light of the Coronavirus epidemic.

    Fr Dempsey is hoping the ceremony will be rescheduled until sometime in the Summer.

    In a statement to Midwest News, he said it's a difficult decision to make, but it would not have been appropriate to proceed with the ordination at this time.

    In the meantime, he will continue to work as parish priest of Newbridge in Co Kildare.