A few words from our Bishop elect Fr. Paul Dempsey in advance of next Sunday….


The warmth of this smile, can only fill us with hope and excitement in anticipation of the arrival of our new Bishop (of Achonry Diocese), Fr. Paul Dempsey….

Please pray for Fr. Dempsey quietly within your own heart. This is a massive role that he has taken upon himself for the betterment of our diocese and we vocally need to illustrate our support and appreciation for him, from the beginning.

It is a strange and difficult world but one that’s filled with opportunity.

Thank you to Fr. Dermot Meehan for his efforts in taking care of the diocese in the absence of a bishop. Fr. Meehan has maintained the role of a Parish Priest in addition to the role of diocesan administrator. He has had an extraordinarily busy time with the arrival in Ireland of Pope Francis to the guidance brought to date regarding the Coronavirus. Thank you Fr. Dermot, a man who is highly thought of and respected by all of us that know him.


Oh Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in thee..


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From the Irish Catholic newspaper……

New Achonry bishop to prioritise young people

New Achonry bishop to prioritise young people

The new bishop of Achonry has said that the Church needs to prioritise ministry with young people.

It was announced on Monday that Pope Francis has appointed Carlow-born Fr Paul Dempsey as the new Bishop of Achonry.

Up to this point Fr Dempsey (48) has been Parish Priest of Newbridge in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

Speaking at St Nathy’s Cathedral in Ballaghaderreen this morning, Bishop-elect Dempsey indicated that youth will be a particular focus of his ministry in Achonry.

Addressing school students in the congregation, he said: “I have often heard it said that young people are the future of the Church, but we must remember you are not just the future, you are the Church of today!

“Each one of you is created by God in a unique and special way. He has a special mission in mind for each one of you. You are His disciples!” he said.

The bishop-elect said his years in ministry as a priest to this point have “brought me immense joy”.


Fr Dempsey was born in Carlow Town in 1971 – the youngest in his family, having one brother and two sisters. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, by Bishop Laurence Ryan in 1997.

His first appointment was as curate in Clane and Rathcoffey Parish, Co. Kildare. It was during this time that he started a weekly article in the Leinster Leader newspaper.

After seven years he moved to Kildare Town as curate and was also appointed Youth Director and Vocations Director for the diocese by Bishop Jim Moriarty.  During this time, Fr Paul organised two diocesan World Youth Day pilgrimages to Cologne (2005) and Sydney (2008) as well as many other youth initiatives. Fr Paul also presented a weekly religious and social affairs programme on Kildare FM Radio on Sunday mornings.

In 2008, he completed further studies in the Milltown Institute, Dublin earning an Honours Master’s Degree in Theology in the area of Faith and Culture for a thesis entitled ‘The Contemporary Irish Catholic Church – A Church in Crisis or in Question?’

He then took up his appointment as curate in parish cluster of Naas, Sallins and Two-Mile-House in 2009 and in August, 2014, Bishop Denis Nulty appointed him to Newbridge Parish and also as Vicar Forane for the Kildare & Leighlin North Deanery consisting of 17 parishes.