Diocese of Armagh

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Diocese of Armagh
Church of Ireland
Province: Armagh
Arms of the Bishop of Armagh
Bishop: Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh
Cathedral: St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh
No. of parishes: 44
Website: armagh.anglican.org

The Diocese of Armagh is a diocese of the Province of Armagh in the Church of Ireland. It mainly covers the counties of Louth, Tyrone and Armagh, and parts of County Down.

The diocesan bishop is the Archbishop of Armagh, the senior bishop of the Church of Ireland whose province covers the northern half (approximately) of the island of Ireland and who bears the title "Primate of All Ireland".

The Archbishop has his seat in St Patrick's Cathedral in the town of Armagh.

Overview and history

As of 2011 the diocese had 31,000 parishioners in its 44 parishes. Ordained and lay ministry involved 47 serving and 28 retired clergy; 13 Diocesan Readers and 37 Parish Readers.

The diocese traces its history to St Patrick in the 5th century, who according to tradition founded the see. The Church of Ireland was reformed under King Henry VIII. It was disestablished in 1871, but retained its schools and of course its churches.[1]


The list of bishops begins traditionally with St Patrick as the abbot of a monastic brotherhood in Armagh. The list of early abbots is uncertain and possibly largely fictional. The first abbot to whom the title 'Bishop of Armagh' is attributed was Saint Cormac of Armagh, who died in about 497, in the uncertain, early period. The first named Archbishop of Armagh was Cellach of Armagh, consecrated in 1105.

The first reformed Archbishop was Hugh Goodacre, appointed by King Edward VI in 1552.[2] The current Archbishop is Richard Clarke.[3]

See also

Outside links


  1. "Irish and Universal". Church of Ireland. 1996. https://www.ireland.anglican.org/our-faith/apck/irish-and-universal. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  2. Cross, F. L. (ed.) (1957) Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church; p. 86
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-24. https://web.archive.org/web/20140424043730/http://armagh.anglican.org/index.php/archbishop/. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 

Church of Ireland dioceses

Province of Armagh:   Armagh  • Clogher  • Connor  • Derry and Raphoe  • Down and Dromore  • Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh  • Tuam, Killala and Achonry
Province of Dublin:   Cashel and Ossory  •
Cork, Cloyne and Ross  • Dublin and Glendalough  • Limerick and Killaloe  • Meath and Kildare