Roman Catholic Diocese of Raphoe

Diocese of Raphoe
Dioecesis Rapotensis

The Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Colmcille, Letterkenny, the episcopal seat of the bishops of Raphoe
Country Republic of Ireland
Territory Most of County Donegal
Ecclesiastical province Province of Armagh
Area 1,556 sq mi (4,030 km2)
- Catholics

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 1111
Cathedral St Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny
Patron saint St Eunan and St Columba
Current leadership
Pope Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D.
Bishop of Raphoe
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Seán Baptist Brady,
Archbishop of Armagh

The Diocese of Raphoe, shown in green, within the Ecclesiastical Province of Armagh

The Diocese of Raphoe (Irish: Deoise Caitliceach Ráth Bhoth) is a Roman Catholic diocese in north-western Ireland. It is one of eight suffragan dioceses which are subject to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Armagh.[1] The present Bishop of Raphoe is The Most Rev. Dr. Philip Boyce, D.D., O.C.D.. He was enthroned as bishop on 1 October 1995.


Geographic remit

The See covers most of County Donegal in the civil province of Ulster. It contains 33 parishes. The bishop's residence - Ard Adomnán - is in the town of Letterkenny. It is located beside the Parochial House near the Cathedral of St. Eunan and St Columba which is dedicated to the joint patrons of the diocese - Saints Eunan (also known as Adomnán) and Columcille (also known as Columba).


The following is a basic list of the bishops of Raphoe since 1725:[2][3][4]

  • James O'Gallagher (1725–1737)
  • Daniel O'Gallagher, O.F.M. (1737–1749)
  • Anthony O'Donnell, O.F.M. (1750–1755)
  • Nathaniel O'Donnell (1755–1758)
  • Philip O'Reilly (1759–1782)
  • Anthony Coyle (1782–1801)
  • Peter McLaughlin (1802–1819)
  • Patrick McGettigan (1820–1861)
  • Daniel McGettigan (1861–1870)
  • James McDevitt (1871–1879)
  • Michael Logue (1879–1887)
  • Patrick O'Donnell (cardinal) (1888–1922)
  • William MacNeely (1923–1963)
  • Anthony Columba McFeely (1965–1982)
  • Séamus Hegarty (1982–1994)
  • Philip Boyce, O.C.D. (1995–present)

See also


  1. ^ Archdiocese of Armagh. Retrieved on 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 441–442. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  3. ^ Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. New History of Ireland: Volume XI. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 352–354. ISBN 0198217455. 
  4. ^ Diocese of Raphoe. Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 26 April 2010.

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