Archbishop of Tuam

  • Archbishop Michael Neary will lead the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage tomorrow (Sunday).

    Later this evening ( Sat), Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass in St Mary's Church, Westport at 6.30pm to mark the official start of this year's pilgrimage.

    On Reek Sunday, Mass will be celebrated on Croagh Patrick every hour from 8am to 2pm.

    The Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan will celebrate the 9am Mass, and Archbishop Neary will celebrate Mass at 11am.

    Confessions will also be available on the summit from 7.30am to 2pm.

    Those making the climb this weekend are advised to come prepared - with wet gear, sun screen, appropriate footwear, water and snacks.

  • The Archbishop of Tuam's says the state needs to be fully transparant with locals over plans to house asylum seekers on Achill in Co. Mayo.


    Michael Neary's comments follow protests on the island last week over reported plans to house asylum seekers at a hotel there.


    However, the Archbishop also says Christians have a responsibility to share with those who are less fortunate than themselves.


    He says it's well known, nationally and internationally, that Achill people are a welcoming people and added that we should be alert to those who are experiencing serious upheaval and a crisis of hope in their lives.

  • People have been urged to respect the decision to cancel this year's Reek Sunday pilgrimage by not travelling to Croagh Patrick today. 

    Pilgrims who can't climb the holy mountain today are being encouraged to show their faith in other ways.

    The annual climb usually attracts about 10,000 people but this year due to Covid 19 restrictions, large numbers can't be accommodated.

    At a service in Westport last night Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary said believers should still go to mass, confession and reflect on these challenging times.

  • Listen back to last weekend's #FaithAlive in which Monica Morley remembered the late Fr Patrick Burke who passed away to his eternal reward. With contributions from Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary and some of Fr Burke's colleagues, Monica looked back on a life lived in the service of God.

  • Archbishop Michael Neary will celebrate Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, Westport, at 6.30pm this evening to mark the official beginning of this year’s pilgrimage.

    He will also celebrate Mass on the summit of Croagh Patrick at 11 o’clock in the morning on Reek Sunday.

    Mass will be celebrated every hour on the summit, beginning at 8 o’clock in the morning, with the final Mass starting at 2 o’clock.

    Celebrants will also include Father Stephen Farragher, who will celebrate Mass as Gaeilge at 10 in the morning and Bishop Fintan Monahan who will celebrate Mass at 12 noon.

    Pilgrims may also avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at the summit from 7.30am to 2.00pm.                                             

  • Today, 2,945 candles were lit at Knock Basilica during a special Mass to remember all who have died from Covid-19 on the island of Ireland.


    The 12 noon Mass was celebrated by Most Rev Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and streamed live to the world via the Knock Shrine website and social media and was also broadcast on the RTÉ News Channel in the afternoon.


    Archbishop Neary said, “Despite the sadness, fear and uncertainty that we have experienced this year, God as Shepherd will gather His people, feed the hungry, bandage the wounded, heal the injured, and make the weak strong.  During November, as we remember all who have died across the island of Ireland from Covid-19, we experience the Shepherd’s care for them, and for those who mourn them.  This Mass is offered for the repose of their souls. May the merciful Lord bless and comfort all who are in mourning at this time.”


    Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine encouraged people to place petitions online in the weeks leading up to the Mass. These were placed at the sanctuary and prayers were offered for them. A Paschal candle together with 2,945 candles were laid out on purple cloth around the sanctuary of the Basilica.

  • In relation to religious gatherings, the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary says Masses will still be celebrated, but the advice to the public is to heed the health experts.

    He says people can access Mass on parish or local radio, or by using the webcam service available in many churches.

  • Archbishop Michael Neary of the archdiocese of Tuam has announced the following diocesan appointments

    Very Reverend Martin Canon Newell, A.P., Claran to retire.

    Very Rev. Peter Canon Waldron, A.P., Keelogues to retire.

    Very Rev. Michael Kenny, P.P., Kilconly to retire.

    Very Rev. Hugh Loftus, P.P., Corrandulla to be P.P., An Cheathrú Rua.

    Very Rev. Ciarán Blake, P.P., Carraroe on sabbatical for one year.

    Very Rev. Declan Carroll, P.P., Parke/Keelogues on sabbatical for one year.

    Reverend Seán Cunningham, C.C., Castlebar to be P.P. Corrandulla.

    Reverend Gerard Quirke, newly ordained, to be C.C., Westport.

    Reverend Nigel Woollen, C.C., Knock to minister in Westminster Diocese.

    Reverend Peter Suttle, CSSp, to become Administrator of Parke and Keelogues.

    Reverend Dixy Faber, Kerala, India, to become C.C., Castlebar.

    Reverend Angelo Joy, Kerala, India to be Administrator Kilconly.

    Reverend Britus Kadavunkal Francis, Kerala, India to be Administrator Aughagower.

    Reverend Anthaiah Pudota, Delhi, India to minister at Knock Shrine.