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Telling the Story

Telling the Story marks the third and final volume in Fr Brendan Hoban’s trilogy, Readings in Killala Diocesan History. The first volume, Trouble & Strife (2012) profiled fifty Killala priests; the second, Tracing the Stem, (2015) profiled Killala bishops from earliest times; and this volume, Telling the Story, a Dictionary of Killala Clergy, (2016), a listing of over 1,100 priests and bishops, completes that project.


In Telling the Story, the term ‘Killala’ clergy embraces diocesan priests, native-born priests and priests from other dioceses who have worked in Killala diocese. This triple designation is represented by, Francis Clarke, Anthony Cavanagh and Martin Henry. Francis Clarke served in Ballycastle, Enniscrone, Ardagh and Dromore West parishes, 55 years in all; Anthony Cavanagh has worked for over 40 years in the Fiji Islands and in Pakistan, where he still serves; and Martin Henry was a curate for five years in Ballina.

These three represent the extraordinary life’s work of more than 1,000 Killala priests over many centuries, a blanket of service that embraced parish, academic, administrative, missionary and other ministries and that literally helped to spread the Good News to the ends of the earth. That outreach led Killala clergy to Great Britain, continental Europe, North and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Australia.

Some Killala priests, like John MacHale, bishop of Killala (and later Archbishop of Tuam), became prominent and noteworthy figures, dominating whole centuries; others, made significant administrative and organisational contributions to their adopted dioceses; but most, unheralded and uncelebrated, lived lives of quiet service in parishes around the world. This book pays tribute to them all.


Telling the Story is now available at €35.00 in the following outlets;

  • The Pastoral Centre and Easons in Ballina

  • The Castle Bookshop, Castlebar

  • McLoughlins Bookshop, Westport

  • Hiney’s, Crossmolina

  • Knock Shrine Bookshop

  • Careys Newagents, Belmullet

  • Milo’s, Enniscrone


Telling the Story was launched by Bishop John Fleming in Ballina on June 2, 2016.

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