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Parish Priest's of Cloone

The Parish of Cloone is a very ancient parish and once included within its boundaries the Parishes now known as Gortletteragh and Aughavas. It appears that the Parish of Gortletteragh was established before the Parish of Aughavas. Aughavas became a Parish sometime before 1820 some suggest even as far back as 1760. The original parish of Cloone was split up due to its size, the growth in population and also due to the increase in the number of Clergy.

The earliest records for Cloone date from 1822 and for Aughavas from 1845. Parochial Houses were few and far between until the early nineteen hundreds. Up till then the priest took lodgings in private houses and this certainly did help in maintaining accurate records.

 The information below on the Priests of Cloone Parish is based on Parish Records, The History of Ardagh by James McNamee, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois and from the "Index of Clergy 1836- 1980" (Based on the Catholic Directories compiled Longford Historical Society)

Parish Priests Cloone Curates of Cloone
Nicholas Mac Thecheadh√°in 1400
Giolla Iosa Mac Thecheadhain 1400
Annadh Mac Thecheadhain
Sean Mac Thecheadhain 1421 Eugene Kean; 1625
Giolla-na-Naomh MacThecheadhain 1421 Denis Gaffney 1694 - 1714
Pol Mac Thecheadhain 1428 Hugh Cannon 1704 - 1714
Tadhg Mac Giolla-Shuiligh 1470 James McTiernan 1714 - 1744+
Aodh Mac Conmidhe 1522 Francis Moran 1704 - 1714+
Brian O'Duibhgeannain 1677 John Kean 1744+
Thomas Flynn (Bishop of Ardagh)1704- 1718 Anthony Dunne 1798
Hugh Brady 1744 - James Maguaran 1831 -1834
John Curran 1764 - Laurence Pinkman 1837 -1840
Charles Redehan 1798 - Farrell Duffy 1841- 1842
John Waldron 1825 - Francis Kiernan 1841- 1846
James McKiernan 1828- 1850 Edward Duffy 1846- 1851
Charles Flynn 1850 - 1877 Patrick Sheridan 1854- 1855
Thomas Cahill 1877 - 1882 (trans. Killenummery) Thomas Cahill 1855- 1856
Francis O'Beirne 1882 - 1885 John Brady 1858-1862
James Sheridan 1885 - 1887 (Trans. Annaduff) John O' Farrell 1863- 1869
Thomas Lynch 1887 - 1892 James Sheridan 1870- 1874
Farrell Sheridan 1892 - 1894 Thomas Cahill 1875-79
Felix Doherty 1894 - 1895 (Trans. Mohill) Thomas Hourican 1879-1880
Thomas Boylan 1905 - 1917 John Quinn 1881-1882
Thomas Deniston 1917 - 1933 Matt Conefrey 1882- 1883
Peter Conefrey 1933 - 1939 Philip Maguire 1883- 1884
Patrick Clancy 1939 - 1964 William Grey 1884-1885
Edward Boylan 1964 - 1967 (Transferred to Gowna) Bernard Geraty 1886- 1887
Patrick Frawley 1967 - 1978 (died 1980) Peter McNamara 1887-1888
Peter Bohan 1978 - 1995 (died 24th July 1995) James Dawson 1888- 1899

Michael Skelly 1890- 1891

Francis Cahill 1892- 1893

Francis O'Reilly 1893- 1894

James Dawson 1894-1897

Henry Doyle 1902-1903

Peter Butler 1905- 1906

Francis O'Reilly 1906- 1908

Peter O'Connor 1909- 1912

J.J. Meehan 1912- 1913

Edward Dalton 1913-1818

Thomas Masterson 1918-1927

Patrick Masterson 1927-1933

Thomas Lee 1933- 1946

Andy McGovern 1946 -1954

Edward Boylan 1954 -1964

P.J. Fitzpatrick 1977- 1978


In 1995 Fr. Cathal Faughnan was appointed 'Priest in Charge' of Cloone & Aughavas In 1995 Fr John Wall was appointed C.C. of Cloone & Aughavas.
Fr. Sam Holmes (Cloone & Aughavas) 2008 -2014
Fr. Peter Tiernan 2014-