In the summer of 2021 Bishop Fintan Gavin visited the West Cork area encouraging us to face some new realities and challenges.

He restated his commitment to the formation of “Families of Parishes” in the Diocese or Cork & Ross including a re-configuration of the parishes for mission.

Diocese of Cork & RossDiocese of Cork & Ross

What is the “Family of Parishes”?

It describes the creation of a bond between a group of parishes in order to sustain their pastoral life. Practically this means parishioners, lay people, clergy and religious communities sharing resources, responsibilities, and ministry, strengthening our unity as one Body of Christ.

Our particular Family of Parishes includes the Parishes of:

  • Bantry
  • Caheragh
  • Goleen
  • Muintir Bháire
  • Schull

The 11 Churches of the ParishesThe 11 Churches of the Parishes

This includes the 11 churches (locations shown in the interactive map below).

The parishes are colour coded as follows:

Colour key for the Family of ParishesColour key for the Family of Parishes


Explore information about each of the Parishes and Priests as well as the latest Notices relevant to the Family of Parishes.