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Tuam Archdiocese relies on US invasion to reverse fall in clergy numbers

Declan Tierney



It is like an American invasion in the West of Ireland as a second priest from the States will be ordained in Galway over the coming years.

And the clergy have expressed satisfaction with the interest being expressed by young people in exploring a career and life in the priesthood.

His surname might sound like a famous golfer, but Tyler Haas has become the latest seminarian from the Archdiocese of Tuam to study in Maynooth for the priesthood.

Last year Fr. Shane Sullivan from Minnesota was ordained in Tuam Cathedral and is now attached to the Tuam parish.

Tyler is a native of Wisconsin and for years he had expressed an interest in joining the priesthood and becoming a seminarian for Tuam.

Vocations Director with the Tuam Archdiocese, Fr. Fintan Monahan, said that he was encouraged by the increasing level of interest in the priesthood in recent years.

Fr. Fintan was particularly proud of the fact that two priests were ordained in the Archdiocese last year with Fr. Eugene O’Boyle from Claremorris being ordained alongside Fr. Shane Sullivan.

Tuam Cathedral was packed to capacity as Fr. Shane, whose father is a native of Cill Chiaráin in South Connemara, and Fr. Eugene were ordained in front of a large crowd of family and friends.

The congregation also included many interested local parishioners, many of whom had never witnessed an ordination before. The last ordination for the Archdiocese of Tuam was in 2006 when Fr Patrick Burke, a native of Killererin, was ordained.

And it was something of a special moment for Fr. Shane when he celebrated his first Mass in Cill Chiaráin through Irish from start to finish.

The last priest in the Diocese of Galway to be ordained was Fr. Patrick O’Sullivan back in 2011 and currently there are two seminarians currently studying for the priesthood from the area.

But it was announced earlier in the week that there are now 20 new seminarians set to join St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth including 20 year old Tyler Haas.

He has some Irish blood on his father’s side of the family.  For many years he had an interest in the Irish church and approached the diocese in spring this year and expressed an interest in becoming a seminarian for Tuam. 

Having gone through the usual process of application and assessment he was formally accepted in early summer. He started his course of training this week in Maynooth with a spiritual month and hopes to enrol for a BA degree before doing a degree in theology. 

He came over from the US in early August and had a chance to work-shadow some of the parish clergy in Tuam, Castlebar and Westport as well as attending many of the sessions of the annual Novena at Knock.  His base will be in the presbytery in Tuam. 

“We are delighted with the increasing level of interest in the priesthood in recent years. Three other young men have expressed a serious interest in joining us and are in the process of discernment at present.  “We are very fortunate to have had two young priests ordained last year and very much look forward to the ordination of Rev. Sean Flynn of Castlebar next summer”, Fr. Fintan Monahan added

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

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We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham



Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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