Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross, Ireland

Canon Bernard DonovanCanon Bernard Donovan

The Bishop's Office has announced that the death has occurred today of Canon Bernard Donovan in Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.

Bishop Fintan Gavin has extended his sympathy and prayerful support to all of Canon Bernard’s family, parishioners and friends at this time.

Canon Bernard has been ministering in Kilmurry Parish since 2008 and lived in Cloughduv.

Canon Bernard, a native of The South Parish, was ordained on November 9th 1974, at The Reparation Convent, Summerhill South, Cork.  After ordination he served for a time in St. Patrick’s Parish, Cork, and the following year, he was appointed curate at Gurranabraher.

Between 1979 and 2003, Canon Bernard served for 15 years during three terms on the Cork and Ross Diocesan Mission in Trujillo, Peru. In between, he was curate in Carrigaline (1986 – 1992) and curate in Clonakilty (1998 – 2000).  Following his time in Peru, he was on sabbatical for a year before returning home to be appointed Parish Priest of Schull in 2004. His ministry was later extended to include being Administrator of Goleen.

In October 2008, Canon Bernard was appointed Parish Priest of Kilmurry Parish and in September 2022 he was appointed Co-Parish Priest in the Family of Parishes of Bandon, Enniskeane & Desertserges,  Innishannon / Knockavilla, Kilbrittain, Kilmurry and Murragh & Templemartin.

May he now rest in the peace of the Lord.


Bishop Fintan Gavin has announced changes to appointments of priests in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Announcing the changes which are effective on July 27th, Bishop Fintan said that he is grateful to the priests who are undertaking new appointments this year and to those who retire from a fulltime appointment. 

"I continue to be grateful for their willingness to minister in new ways with colleagues and with people in Families of Parishes," he said.

Priests taking up appointments in Families of Parishes in July 2024

Priests at this year's Chrism MassPriests at this year's Chrism Mass

Bishop Fintan GavinBishop Fintan Gavin

Today is the fifth anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Fintan Gavin.

On this date five years ago Bishop Fintan Gavin was ordained Bishop of Cork and Ross. 

The concelbrated Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne was full with a capacity congregation representative of the Diocese, the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Bishop's family and friends.

Bishop John Buckley was the principal celebrant.

We pray for continued blessings for Bishop Fintan as he shepherds our diocese.

On Friday 21st June Bishop Fintan blessed and officially opened the new state-of-the-art school building at Scoil an Athar Tadhg in Carrignavar.

This was a special occasion for Carrignavar Parish and the school community. School Pupils, staff, Board of Management, Principal Mr. Cormac Duggan, Canon Martin Keohane Co-PP, parents, families, invited guests, public representatives and the wider parish gathered in the new school building to celebrate a specially prepared liturgy. The participation, prayers and singing of the children was wonderful. Bishop Fintan then blessed the new building.

Bishop Fintan Blesses Scoil an Athar Tadhg in Carrignavar.Bishop Fintan Blesses Scoil an Athar Tadhg in Carrignavar.

Plenty of Questions for Bishop Fintan during his Pastoral Visit to Scoil an Chroí Naofa in GlounthaunePlenty of Questions for Bishop Fintan during his Pastoral Visit to Scoil an Chroí Naofa in Glounthaune

Recently, Bishop Fintan was warmly welcomed on his pastoral visit to Scoil Náisiúnta an Chroí Naofa in Glounthaune Parish by Principal Mr Damien Irwin, school staff, pupils, representatives of the Board of Management and Parent Association members.

Mr Irwin spoke with pupils about the Catholic ethos of the school and how it is tangible in every aspect of daily school life. He acknowledged and thanked Fr Damian O’Mahony Co-PP for his support and warm relationship that he has cultivated with the school.