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Revd Canon Liz Beasley

The Rectory
Adare, Co. Limerick

(061) 396227

A few personal details first

I am from the United States and grew up moving around as the child of a civil engineer working on transportation projects. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, and theological degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Sewanee: The University of the South. In between the first two degrees, I lived in Ireland for three years in the early 1980s. I was ordained in the Episcopal Church in the States in 1998 and transferred to the Church of Ireland when my husband, Kirk, and I moved to Ireland in 2014. Kirk and I were married in 1996 and have lived in a variety of places, but mostly Hawaii.

What are you good at?

Other than ministry, I have worked off and on in publishing. I have been called a ferocious proofreader.

What would you like to be better at? 

I’ve always wanted to sing better than I do. I love to sing, so I just “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Ps. 100).

Who should play you in a film of your life?

It could be anybody, but it can’t be Meryl Streep because everybody says she looks like my younger sister.

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had?

Probably publishing, as I have been a freelance copyeditor and proofreader. The job that has always fascinated me is architecture. I’d love to design houses.

Cool Jazz or Death Metal?

Neither! But my musical tastes do run the gamut from hard rock, to folk and Irish trad, to classical music and medieval chants, which Kirk calls “perfect vowels.”

Sole meuniere with a browned butter caper sauce or fish n' chips?

Either! It depends on the circumstances. Kirk and I enjoy cooking together, especially of the “down-home” variety. What matters to me more than the food itself is eating in an atmosphere of what the Germans call gemütlichkeit.

Bike or motorbike? 

Bike. When I lived in Boston for six years, I commuted mostly by bicycle. I like Flann O’Brien’s description in The Third Policeman that if a person rides a bike often enough, the molecules of person and bicycle become interchanged.

Craziest thing you have ever done

Moving to Ireland?

One thing that makes your blood boil? 

Child abuse.

Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with?

I’ll choose Jonah. I’ve always had some sympathy for this man who tries to flee from God’s call but eventually follows it.

The Venerable Wayne Carney

The Rectory

Co Offaly

Born and grew up in Southwestern Ontario
Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto
Taught Primary School in Toronto for 8 years
Received Master of Divinity from Trinity College Dublin, 1984.
ordained Deacon, 1984, Priest in 1985
Served as Curate, Rector, and Associate Priest in Diocese of Toronto 1984-1995
Rector of Clonfert Group of Parishes 1995-2003
Rector of Birr Group of Parishes 2003-present
Archdeacon of Killaloe & Clonfert 2002-present
Married Norma-Jean in 1973
2 children:
Kathleen, married and living in France, with 2 children
Brian, married and living in Canada, with 2 children
What are you good at?  - Cooking (better ask my wife), preaching (better ask my parishioners!)

What would you like to be better at? - Dealing with computers, phones, satnavs, digital cameras so they do what I want them to do.

Who should play you in a film of your life? - Kate Winslet (just kidding). Most of the actors I have liked best are dead, which would make casting something of a challenge. I guess I would go for Michael Weatherly (look him up).

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had? - I loved teaching, which I did for ten years; I probably would have stayed with that if God didn't have a different idea. I never learned to properly play a musical instrument - I wish I had learned to be a musician.

Ocean liner or Concorde? - I loved the idea of the Concorde, but I hate the hassle of flying. Ocean Liner, definitely.

Ice Hockey or GAA? - I never really got into GAA (I've only been in Ireland 22 years). Ice Hockey is okay, but I prefer baseball.

Favourite film of all time - The Great Escape.

Craziest thing you have ever done - Aside from being ordained, pouring a large basin of water over some classmates on a school camping trip because they were keeping me up late (I was 15).

One thing that makes your blood boil? - Able-bodied people who park in spaces reserved for the disabled.

Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with? - The Apostle John, who has always struck me as thoughtful and wise.

Revd Michael Cavanagh

Revd Michael Cavanagh


Priest-in-charge, Kenmare & Dromod Union

c/o St Patrick's Rectory

Bell Heights, Kenmare

Co Kerry


0858 533173




Revd Canon Patrick Comerford

Priest-in-Charge, Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes, Canon Precentor, Saint Mary's Cathedral, Limerick, Saint Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe, Saint Brendan's Cathedral, Clonfert
The Rectory,
Co Limerick V94 D5PO,
Republic of Ireland

Blog: http://www.patrickcomerford.com/

I was born in Rathfarnham in Dublin, between a synagogue and a laundry and opposite a cinema. But I moved around a lot in my childhood and early adult years, including west Waterford, school near Drogheda, important years in Lichfield, and then Wexford. I first trained as a surveyor, but spent over 30 years of my working life as a journalist, first with the Lichfield Mercury, then the Wexford People and The Irish Times. I was Foreign Desk Editor of The Irish Times for my last eight years there, and I have been a lecturer at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute for 15 years. I moved to the Rathkeale Group of Parishes in January 2017. Barbara and I married in 1974, and we have two adult sons. I have studied theology at Trinity College Dublin, the Irish School of Ecumenics, Maynooth, and in Cambridge.

What are you good at? I often find I am good at the things I enjoy, without ever being competent let alone proficient. I love poetry without writing it, love music without being able to read or play it, and enjoy rugby, cricket and rowing despite my age and my lifelong lack sporting prowess.

What would you like to be better at? I could say driving, but not being able to drive, I can hardly be better – or worse – at it. Perhaps I should answer instead by saying singing … or being more conversant in Greek, Italian and perhaps French.

Who should play you in a film of your life? Me, of course. If they ever got around to making a film of my life, I’d like to still be alive then.

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had? An architect. My careers teacher advised me strongly not to consider it … I’m almost innumerate. I’m still a frustrated architect, and enjoy architectural photography as a hobby.

Bentley or Harley-Davidson? Walking. I love walks on a beach, by a river bank, or along a lake shore.

Grand Opera or Country & Western?

I enjoy opera … Verdi, Puccini, Mozart … in Wexford, Verona, Vienna and even in Bucharest. But instead, perhaps you could ask, Bach and Mozart? I have very wide tastes, particularly from Vaughan Williams and Mikis Theodorakis to Steeleye Span. I regret never learning to play a musical instrument, even though my school offered any musical education I wanted.

Favourite book (not including the Bible or Shakespeare) The poetry of TS Eliot when I am thoughtful, the poems of John Betjeman when I am being humorous; poetry first, then history.

Craziest thing you have ever done As a journalist, leaving Israel and the West Bank on a flight for Dublin, not knowing the Intifada was about to break out that day, or leaving South Africa on a flight for Frankfurt just days before Nelson Mandela was freed from jail. Others got the stories and the bylines, I just got to edit the pages.

One thing that makes your blood boil?  Only one? Racism, prejudice, the way we treat refugees and asylum seekers, especially children, direct provision, sexism, nuclear weapons, war, indiscriminate violence and terrorism … but then all violence and terrorism is indiscriminate. Would you like me to go on, because I can go on and on.

Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with? You mean I am not invited to the Supper! Saint John the Evangelist. I can read the Johannine literature at any time, and constantly find them inspiring and challenging. And if we’re having dinner, it would be in a good taverna in Patmos, where he wrote … or on any other Greek island.



Revd Canon Jane Galbraith

St. Cronan's Rectory
RosemountRoscreaCo. Tipperary

What are you good at? prevaricating


What would you like to be better at? mmmm!


Who should play you in a film of your life? Jodie Foster


If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had? Gardener in botanically interesting well endowed place.


Beethoven, Beatles or Lady Gaga? Beethoven


Holiday - Iceland or Bahamas? Iceland

Favourite book of the Bible: Genesis

Favourite spiritual author : Jonathan Sacks

Favourite poet: R.S.Thomas

Craziest thing you have ever done: stay with a stranger in London

One thing that makes your blood boil? church pews

Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with? Nicodemus




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The Rectory

Co. Galway




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Rear CrossNewportCo. Tipperary




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The Rectory
Bindon Street
EnnisCo Clare




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Revd Phyllis Jones

The Rectory
Camp Co. Kerry




The Rt Revd Dr Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe

Rien Roe


Co Limerick

My sister and I grew up in Sandymount in Dublin. My father worked in the law department of Bank of Ireland. Went to St Stephen’s Primary School, then Mountjoy School for secondary education. Third level education was at Trinity College Dublin, the Church of Ireland Theological College, Jesus College Cambridge and the Irish School of Ecumenics. Jennifer and I were married in 1978 while I was still a student and we lived our first 3 years of married life in Cambridge. We have 3 adult daughters, one living in New Zealand and two in Ireland.

What are you good at?

I enjoy a bit of DIY and working around the house.

What would you like to be better at?

Gardening! I’m hopeless at it.

Who should play you in a film of your life?

Ideally Brad Pitt, but more likely Mr Bean!

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had?

I’m passionate about ordained ministry and think that’s still the choice for me. If I couldn’t have been ordained, I’d like to have worked in the Diplomatic Corps – I admire them hugely.

First record you ever bought? Last record you bought?

The first record I ever bought was a single ‘Bits and Pieces’ by the Dave Clarke Five – at one time they were rivals to the Beatles [that certainly dates me, doesn’t it!]

The most recent is a CD by Shaun Davey ‘Pilgrim’, which includes ‘The Deer’s Cry’ which I had at my Consecration in Christ Church Cathedral. I love that piece, though I’m not sure I like everything on that album.

Full Irish or Muesli with plain yoghurt? Muesli, with the full Irish reserved for holidays!

Ferrari or Eco-hybrid? My head says Eco-hybrid because I think we have to get serious about global warming, but my heart says Ferrari. A few years ago my daughters gave me a birthday present of the hire of an E-Type Jaguar for a weekend. We were living in London then, so Jennifer and I spent the weekend driving around East Anglia. A bit scary though; I hadn’t realised how close to the ground they are – you really feel that on a motorway!

Hill walking or reading a book by the fireside? Reading a book, without doubt.

Two true and one made up thing no-one knows about you – don’t say which!

  • I used to race motorbikes.
  • I trained as a wine waiter.
  • I’ve never flown in a helicopter.

One thing that makes your blood boil? Harming children.

Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with?

St Paul – probably a difficult character to talk to but what a life story, and look at what he achieved!


The Venerable Simon Lumby

The Rectory
Rookery Close
Co. Kerry
V93 DPC3




I was born at an early age in West Yorkshire; my father was in the Royal Air Force. So I travelled extensively until I too joined the RAF at 16½yrs. I served nearly 20 yrs as an Electronics Engineer. After I left I found myself as the Academic Administrator at St John’s Theological College, Nottingham, England. From there I was asked to work with the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies on their new International Masters programme, helping design and build British higher degree programmes overseas to prepare people for leadership in the church in the ‘third world’. I was selected for training for the ordained ministry in 1999. I trained for rural ministry, yet eventually found myself as Chaplain to an Anglican Convent in North Yorkshire before working on an ecumenical project in the Peak District National Park, helping the churches to engage with tourism. And now I’m in Killarney! My wife Nolleen is Irish, with family links in Kerry and Wexford. Our children and grandchildren live in various parts of England.

What are you good at?
Not sure … depends who you ask.

What would you like to be better at? 
knowing what I’m good at.

Who should play you in a film of your life?
It wouldn’t get to the scripting stage, let alone be offered to any actor!

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had?
Well, I’ve had three careers already: Engineer, Administrator/Scholar, Priest — that’s enough for one lifetime.

Beethoven, Beatles or Lady Gaga?

Holiday - Iceland or Bahamas?
Yes please.

Three things no-one knows about you - two of which are true, the other not - don't say which!

  1. I was a national Ballroom Dancing Champion
  2. I was baptised in a swimming pool
  3. … (even I don’t know this one about me)

Craziest thing you have ever done
Answering these questions
One thing that makes your blood boil? 
Heated car seats (very hot ones)
Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with?
Mary Magdalene—provided she’s not already out on a date—or Jeremiah—as long as he’s not too depressed

Rev'd Terence Mitchell

Modreeny Rectory
CloughjordanCo. Tipperary

What are you good at? I enjoy teaching, sport (at the moment limited to the gym and occasional mountain bike rides, although I need to get to the mountains-pretty flat in Tipperary. Other interests would include reading, studying and people. 

What would you like to be better at? I guess to be good/better at what I do in ministry, as a husband, father and friend-to be a good and responsible citizen. 

Who should play you in a film of your life? Tom Hanks 

If you weren’t clergy, what job would you have? What job would you like to have had? I taught English and History for 9 years, as well a Guidance Counselling. My ideal job would be  a pilot 

Hendrix or Handel? Hendrix 

Three-starred Michelin Restaurant or Fish and Chips wrapped in Newspaper? Both really, depending on the time and place. 

Le Mans or Tour de France? Tour de France as it includes the romance, scenic beauty and endurance of the cyclists. 

Three things no-one knows about you - two of which are true, the other not - don't say which!

  • Completed a marathon 
  • One-star chef
  • I was married in Cape Town, South Africa 

Craziest thing you have ever done Climbed over a fence in the middle of the night in a game park in South Africa to walk back to the camp after the gates were locked 

One thing that makes your blood boil? Cruelty of any form, particularly to the innocent and vulnerable. 




Other than Jesus, which Biblical character would you like to have dinner with?




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Doonwood Mount Bellew Co. Galway

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Mrs Yvonne Blennerhassett

Manderley Farmer's Bridge Ballyseedy Tralee Co. Kerry

Mr. Edward Buckingham

Glenastar Lodge Newcastle West Co. Limerick

Mrs. Marjorie Cavanagh

Letterdunane Bonane, Kenmare Co. Kerry

Mr. Eric Champ

Cariblue House Farrantoreen Carragh Lake Road, Killorglin Co. Kerry

Ms. Audrey Clarke Gordon

Richmond Nenagh Co. Tipperary

Mr. Andrew Eadie

The Poplars Beaufort Killarney Co. Kerry

Mr. Andrew Ellerker

Cathedral House Nicholas St. Limerick Co. Limerick

Mr. David Frizelle

Boston Lane Riverstown Birr Co. Offaly

Mrs. Margaret Groves

Gortagullane Ballmacelligot Tralee Co. Kerry

Mr. Adrian Hewson

Ashlea Convent Hill Roscrea Co. Tipperary

Mr. Adrian Hilliard

"Woodland", Cahernane Killarney Co. Kerry

Mrs. Barbara Irrgang-Buckley

8 Iveronia, Old Post Office St. Cahersiveen Co. Kerry

Dr. John Jarvis

28 Heatherdale Monaleen Co. Limerick

Mrs. Valerie Kinsella

Castleblakeny Co. Galway

Mr. John Lefroy

Clarisford Moys Killaloe Co. Claire

Mr. David McBurnie

Glenstal Morroe Co. Limerick

Mr. Jackie McNair

Ichtus Leverstown, Sixmile Bridge Co. Claire

Mr. Joc Sanders

Turravagaun Dromineer Nenagh Co. Tipperary E45 D594

Mr. Tom Seale

Cloonahinch Woodlawn Ballinasloe Co. Galway

Mrs. Snoo. Sinclair

Lamb's Head Caherdaniel Co. Kerry

Mrs. Jean Talbot

Ballybritt Roscrea Co. Tipperary

Mr. David Tough

14 Cahermoneen Monavalley Tralee Co. Kerry

Mr. Stanley Wallace

Ballybrood Caherconish Co. Limerick

The Hon. Mrs. Grania Weir

Ballinakella Lodge Whitegate Co. Clare V94 T956