Rev. David Moses appointed to the Drumgoon Group of Parishes

Rev David Moses has been appointed Bishop’s Curate for the Drumgoon group of parishes – Cootehill, Ashfeld, Dernakesh and Killesherdoney.

David, from Omagh, Co Tyrone, has just completed his theological training at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin. He is married to Catherine and they have three children, Sarah (22), Rachel (20) and Jonathan (17).

David has been a Diocesan Lay Reader in Armagh Diocese for the past 27 years. Before commencing training for ordained ministry he was a sheep farmer, and also kept pigs until 2001.

For the past year David has been Deacon Intern in the parish group of Monaghan, Tydavnet and Kilmore, working with the rector, Canon Ian Berry. This has been a very positive and enjoyable experience for him as he got to know the members of the congregations and helped each Sunday in the services.

David was very pleased to be appointed Bishop’s Curate for the Drumgoon group. He would like to thank the members of the parishes whom he met when he and other prospective curates were given a tour of the churches a few weeks prior to his appointment. The people he met demonstrated a great commitment to their churches and David is very much looking forward to getting to know the congregations as he works among them over the forthcoming curacy.

David will be ordained as presbyter at a service in Kilmore Cathedral on Sunday 9th September at 4.00pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

Taunagh Parish Church, Riverstown, Co. Sligo 200th Anniversary Celebrations 17th to 19th August 2018

Please join us for this very special weekend of events, including:

Festival of Flowers and Memorabilia
in Taunagh Parish Church and the Cooper Memorial Hall
Friday 17th August: 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday 18th August: 10 am to 5 pm
€5 entry €5 (tea/coffee, sandwich & traybake)
Country & Gospel Music Concert with James Kilbane
Saturday 18th August at 8 pm in Taunagh Parish Church
Tickets: €15
Bicentenary Service of Thanksgiving
Sunday 19th August at 4 pm in Taunagh Parish Church


For more information or to book tickets, contact

Hilda Shaw: 0719167527 0877462896
John Taylor: 0872575581

Scribe on Tour wins Communications Competition Prize

The results of the Central Communications Board’s Communications Competition were announced on the last day of this year’s General Synod in Armagh. We are delighted that the ‘Scribe on Tour’ won a highly commended award in the Diocesan Magazine category. The aim of this competition is to showcase good examples of how printed communication is being used to build Christian community and communicate Christian faith. David Jones was at Synod to collect the award and we would like to recognise the work of Ruth Garvey-Williams and Tara McCormack in producing a fantastic publication that gave us a real flavour of the vitality of church life across the diocese.

David Jones receiving a ‘highly commended’ award in the Church of Ireland Communications competition from Bishop Pat Storey.

Launch of Daily Worship App at General Synod Book of Common Prayer (BCP) was brought into the smartphone era with the launch of the Daily Worship app at this year’s General Synod. The app is an initiative from the Church’s Central Communications Board in close co-operation with the Church’s Liturgical Advisory Committee.  Daily Worship presents Bible readings, prayers, canticles and Services from the BCP in one place and in a simplified format.  These are available for each day of the year, covering five Services: Morning and Evening Daily Prayer, A Late Evening Office, Compline, and Holy Communion. This app aims to help us in our personal and communal prayer lives – bringing us closer together as a church family and to the God whom we worship.

You can download Daily Worship from App Store ( and Google Play ( for use on Apple iOS and Android devices – it costs just €1.09/99p.

Job Advert: Youth and Children’s Officer

The Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh

Youth and Children’s Officer

A Diocese seeking to be Christ-Centred, Character Building, Community Transforming

The Bishop of Kilmore wishes to appoint a Diocesan Youth and Children’s Coordinators based in Longford town in the Eastern area of the diocese.

Key Tasks

  • To nurture and foster Christian faith development in children and young people.
  • To train, support and encourage youth and children’s leaders and volunteers.
  • To build relationships with clergy and youth and children’s leaders in order to discern individual Parish group needs.
  • To work with the Diocesan Youth Council and Children’s Ministry Network Co-Ordinator to pioneer Diocesan events.
  • To develop schools work in National Schools throughout the diocese.

For further information please contact

Mrs Sarah Taylor (Diocesan Administrator)


By email to request an application pack.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 8th June 2018

Statement on the Upcoming Referendum by Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.

The forthcoming Referendum to change the Eight Amendment of the Irish Constitution has brought the issue of abortion into sharp focus. The debate over abortion is complex and polarized. Those who campaign for a more liberal policy on abortion emphasize the right of the mother- her right to choose. Those opposed to changing the current position in relation to abortion emphasize the rights of the unborn child, especially the right to live. Abortion is an incredibly sensitive and emotive issue. It touches upon our identity, relationships and beliefs; things people care about. It goes to the heart of the ideas we hold about what it means to be human, free and equal.

How are we to think straight about the vexed issue of abortion in order to participate in the debate and vote on the matter? John Stott, one of the world’s leading Christian thinkers and formerly rector of All Souls Church in London, reminds us that God has given us four gifts:

His first gift is a mind with which to think. His second gift is the Bible, and its witness to Christ, which helps to direct and control our thinking. God’s third gift is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, to open up the Bible to us and illume our minds to understand and apply its truths. Fourthly, God has given us the Christian community, the Church as the context in which to do our thinking.

With these four gifts, especially in relation to each other – a mind, a textbook, a teacher and a school – it should be possible for us to develop an increasingly Christian mind to learn and think straight on the issues facing us today, including abortion.

As your bishop, can I ask you to:

  • Think straight about this controversial issue of abortion.
  • Develop a Christian mind on the issue, informed by the Bible, infused by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Christian community, the Church.
  • Exercise you right to vote in the Referendum.

Having given the matter much thought and prayer, I will be voting not to change the current Constitutional position. I do so because of the Biblical understanding of the value of each human life and Christ’s attitude towards people, particularly the vulnerable and voiceless. Looking around the world, I can see the impact of virtually unrestricted access to abortion on human life and society. I do not wish that on the land I call home, Ireland.


Solid Joys, Lasting treasure. A Tribute to Canon Liz McElhinney in Roscommon -18th May

18th May, 8pm: Solid Joys, Lasting treasure. A Tribute to Canon Liz McElhinney in Roscommon.

A very special celebratory evening is being organised in recognition of the life and ministry of Canon Liz McElhinney. Very many of our lives were touched by Liz during her life and so the evening is for the whole Diocese and friends.

The evening has been planned for Friday May 18that 8 pm. It will be held in the Kilbride Community Centre, Fourmile House, Roscommon (3 miles from Roscommon on the Boyle Road).

The event will feature readings from a selection of Liz’s inspirational poems by the internationally acclaimed actor Ian McElhinney. In addition there will be musical contributions from the All-Ireland award winning Mercy Convent School Choir, Roscommon, the local cross-community CórComáin, soloist Nicola Brown and traditional music group led by Revd. Sean Hanily, a Roscommon man now serving in Dublin. Our former Bishop, Ken Clarke, and a close friend of the McElhinneys, will compere the evening. Accompanist for event will be Carl McCambley, Musical Director of Shankill Parish, Lurgan.

Liz was widely known and greatly loved across the Diocese having grown up in it and ministered in three different parishes in the Diocese. Many of the older members of our Diocese remember Liz’s father, Canon Maguire who also was Rector of Roscommon and of Edgeworthstown. Liz’s first parish was Calry Parish in Sligo and while Rector there she was also Chaplain and RE teacher in Sligo Grammar School. Following retirement Liz spent three years ministering fortnightly in the Kildrumferton Group in Cavan before returning to Roscommon as Priest -in-charge.

It was while Liz was in Roscommon that she was diagnosed in May 2015 with MND (Motor Neurone Disease). Following her return to Lurgan she chose to focus her creative abilities on writing reflective and inspirational poems over a period of 15 months. These poems are a testimony to Liz’s ever deepening faith and attest to her love of God, of people and of nature. They form a core part of the concert. Twenty of them have been gathered together as a printed collection entitled Solid Joys Lasting Treasure complemented by beautiful illustrations by Liz’s artist son, David.   The booklet will be included in the admission charge of €10 for those attending the evening.

The proceeds from the evening will support the work of the Irish Motor Neurone Association in the Republic. At a similar, memorable, evening held in Lurgan in the late autumn £17,000 was raised for the MND Association of Northern Ireland. Extra copies of the booklet anda CD of the collection of the poems, read by Ian McElhinney, will also be on sale on the evening at a reduced rate.

In his preface to the collection, another of Liz’s sons, Revd Stephen McElhinney said: “My mother’s special ability was to notice; she had a unique ability to connect with people but also to notice the world in which she lived, which left her invigorated physically, mentally and spiritually”. The collection title is taken from the well-known 18th century hymn John Newton, “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken”.

This special legacy evening of a truly remarkable woman is being organised largely by members of the Roscommon Group, incorporating Lanesborough and Ballinloughand under the guidance of Liz’s husband Cyril McElhinney.

This celebratory evening is definitely one not to be missed!