The Catholic Clergy of The Parish


The history of Christianity in Taghmon begins at the time of St. Fintan in the late sixth century and continues through a long list of Catholic, Protestant and Quaker clergymen. Many of the individuals who ministered in the parish warrant further study and attention. Several left an indelible mark and future editions of this journal will carry in depth studies of these individuals. This article is confined to a schedule of the abbots of the monastic settlement at Taghmon and a chronological listing of the Parish Priests and Curates, with biographical notes.


Fintan was born near Derry and was the son of a druid named Tulchan, and Fidelma. He was a significant figure in the early Irish Church and attended the Synod of Leighlin in 630 AD, where the fixing of the date of Easter was argued at length by two uncompromising factions. His real name was Fionn. This was latinised to Fintanus. The term of endearment, as used by the ancient Irish, was 'Mo Fhionn' - my Fintan. This, or 'Mo-Fhionn-og', or 'Munna' was what he was called in his own mother-tongue. To the ordinary illiterate folk of the time, it was a SOUND, not a spelling. 'Mo-Fhionn' was pronounced 'Mohin' and over the course of time evolved into Munn or Munna. Thus, it is wrong to call him Fintan Munn/Munna. He is either Fintan or Munn/Munna - not both. Neither is the name 'Teach Munna' absolutely correct. It is 'Teach Mo-Fhionn', by the sound of it, and grammatically 'Teach Mo-Fhinn' as the genitive case of Fionn is Finn - with the 'F' silent. Fintan, if he were alive today, would be called 'Fintan (of Fionn) Mac Tulchain'. Fintan's feast day is 21 Oct.

It is clear from the various Latin lives of Fintan that intense rivalry existed between himself and St. Aidan, the first Bishop of Ferns. Grattan Flood in his 'History of The Diocese of Ferns' lists 'St. Tuenoc Mac Fintan' in 663 AD as the third Bishop of Ferns. As celibacy in the church had not yet become an accepted pattern , it is conceivable, even likely, that this man was a son of Fintan of Taghmon. He may even have been his father's successor as Abbott of the monastery of Taghmon. The life and times of Fintan will be the subject of an article in a future edition of this journal.

c.599 - 636 St. Fintan
636 Tuenoc Mac Fintan?
673 Fechin of Fore?
777 Ciaran of Taghmon died.
817 Crunumhael of Teach Munna, died
854 Laisren, of Teach Munna, died
859 Fiachra, Abbot of Teach Munna, died
885 Dunghal, son of Cathal, Vice Abbot of Teach Munna, died.
886 Diarmaid, son of Rui, Abbot of Teach Munna, died.
889 Cochlan, Abbot of Teach Munna, died.
925 Soichleachan, Abbot of Teach Munna, died.
953 Dunlang Mac-Ua-Donnagain, Abbot of Inis-Doimhle and Teach Munna, died. Dunlang died in 960 and shortly afterwards the monastery became derelict.


1644 Rev. Patrick Hore P.P.

He was one of the family of The Hore's of Harperstown. The family later changed their religion to Church of Ireland. His tomb is in the Protestant Church.

1690-1740 Rev. Gregory Downes P.P.

He was born in Tintern Parish in 1661 and ordained on 10/3/1686 in Salamanca by the Bishop of Salamanca. His sureties were Caesar Colclough of Rosegarland and Oliver Colclough of Mocurry. He was Archdeacon and Vicar General of Ferns by 1739. He was tried at the Wexford Assizes in 1702 for having given faculties to Rev. Michael Downes, but was released on bail. He lived at Bricketstown. In 1704 he was listed as P.P. of "Taghmon, Coulstuffe and White-Church."

1740 - 1769 Rev. Patrick Redmond P.P.

In 1740, William Hore reported Fr. Redmond as " a Popish clergyman in the Mass House of Taghmon" residing at the house of his brother, James Redmond, Harveystown, Taghmon. Hore "locked up the Mass House and allowed no admittance into it in the shape of the Popish worship." Bishop Sweetman's report on Fr. Redmond, in 1753, says that he was an able pastor and a good preacher.

1769-1789 Rev. Malachy (Loftus) Brennan P.P.

He was born c.1744, probably at Forest, Taghmon. He is the man who was P.P. when Bishop Sweetman consecrated Dr. Egan as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore on Trinity Sunday 1771. This took place at St. Mary's Church, opposite 'The Old Mill', in which the ruins of the old church are still barely visible. Fr. Brennan resided at Forest and died in 1789 aged 45. The Brennan family of Forest, Taghmon were prominent in producing clergymen . Other members of this family were Rev. Thomas Brennan (1748-1771), another Rev. Thomas Brennan who was P.P. of Bree and Davidstown (1719-1775), Rev. Loftus Brennan, who was P.P. of Taghmon 1849-1866 (see below) and Rev. Edward Brennan who died C.C. of Camolin on 12/11/1890. Four of these clergymen are buried in the family plot in Whitechurch .

1772 Thomas Ennis

was "pastor of Taghmon" He was probably a Curate.

1789-1795 Rev. Bryan Murphy

He was appointed P.P. of Taghmon in 1789 by Bishop Caulfield and resided at Bricketstown. He was a native of Garryhack (Churchtown) . In 1795 he was removed from the position by Bishop Caulfield, seemingly because of his leanings towards the United Irishmen. A curate, Fr. Denis Kelly performed Fr. Murphy's duties during his suspension, aided by Denis Ryan and John Byrne, a Horetown Carmelite. Bishop Caulfield, in a letter to Archbishop Troy of Dublin, in September 1798, referred to Bryan Murphy in the following derogatory terms: 'There is another reptile, Rev Bryan Murphy, who was very active in the rebellion. He had been deprived and suspended about three years ago. Nevertheless he had address enough to procure a protection when the rebels were routed, and remains undisturbed.' In the same letter the Bishop's comments on John Byrne were no more complimentary: 'There is a Rev. Mr. Byrne, a Carmelite, at Goff's Bridge, who shewed himself a very zealous, active rebel. He also got a protection. He was a drinking, giddy man. I advised him to quit the diocese and threatened suspension.'

The Bishop of course, was clearly on the conservative establishment wing during the Insurrection and the adjective 'giddy' when used by him in any description of his clergy usually pointed to their sympathy with, and often involvement in, the United Irishmen.

The Loyalist backlash after the Rebellion caused Bryan Murphy to have a nervous breakdown. One account says that the yeomen broke into his house, beat him and left him senseless. He fled to Munster and spent the rest of his days in Kerry as a wandering Classics teacher and sometimes as a labourer . The mention of the word "yeomen" invariably resulted in him become very agitated. He never came back to Wexford and is buried in Kerry. His flight to Munster must have taken place after March/April 1800 when the Bishop wrote to Bryan Murphy admonishing him for resuming his priestly duties and reminding him that he was 'absolutely and to all intents and purposes deprived of all priestly faculties'. Denis Kelly. the acting Parish Priest of Taghmon, had been under such pressure that he had asked Bryan Murphy to help him in his ministry. Kelly subsequently wrote to the Bishop explaining his position, but Dr. Caulfield refused to relent and continued the ban on Bryan Murphy. Murphy's letter to a Protestant clergyman friend (which begins "Reverend Sir, and worthy friend" ) outlines his side of the story and a reading of this letter would lead one to the conclusion that the deposed P.P. of Taghmon was a reasonable man. In it he avows that all the accusations against him are false. The assertion made that he gave the order for the burning of the barn at Scullabogue is difficult to believe in light of the letter of protection that he gave to William Fleming, a Protestant, and a member of the Taghmon Yeoman Cavalry. The likely scenario is that Bryan Murphy failed to gain Caulfield's permission to resume in the diocese as a priest after his undoubted support of the rebels in the insurrection. Being a marked man and likely to suffer the fate of other priests who were active on the rebel side, he probably decided to make himself scarce and went as far west as he could (to Kerry) where he continued to preach and teach.

1800 Rev. Denis Kelly

As mentioned above he was, for a time, acting P.P. In 1801, in Bishop Caulfield's return for the Diocese of Ferns, Taghmon was listed as one of the poorer areas worth only 30, with one curate.

1801-1815 Rev. Thomas Doyle P.P.

He was born in 1756 and transferred to New Ross in 1815. He later became P.P. of New Ross and died in 1830.

1815-1849 Rev. John (Canon) Scallan

He was born in Tagoat c.1778. He was uncle to Fr. Walter Lambert, who after his ordination, served for a short time as curate in Taghmon. Fr. Scallan was ordained in 1805 and was appointed P.P. of Taghmon in 1815. He was responsible for building the churches of Trinity in 1838 and Caroreigh in 1843. A marble slab was erected to his memory in the old church, which was on the site of the present church. It was removed during the building of the present church and is still visible at the back of the Mortuary Chapel. In recent years it has split in two. It was executed by Powers of New Ross. It reads as follows:
Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of the Reverend John Scallan, during 34 years P.P. of Taghmon. He died May 1, 1849, in the 71st year of his age, beloved, revered, regretted. His flock, to whom he was endeared by his attention, by his mild yet earnest instructions here, have erected this monument to record the virtues of the dead and the gratitude of the living. Our Father, Hail Mary.

Canon Scallan and his curate Fr. Peter Warren (1813 - 3/9/1849), who was a kinsman of Rev. Dr. Warren and to whom there is also a slab erected, died from the cholera outbreak which hit the Taghmon area very badly. Upwards of three hundred people in the parish succumbed to the disease at this time.

1849-1866 Rev. Loftus Brennan P.P.

He was born at Forest in 1798. He went to the old seminary in Wexford and in 1817 he entered Maynooth . Ordained in 1824 he was appointed C.C. of Crossabeg where he remained for seven years. He was appointed P.P. of Taghmon on 14th June 1849 by Dr. Keating - the last such appointment before the bishop's death. Fr. Brennan was reluctant to build a new church even though the one in use was described as 'for a place of such importance - plain and ordinary. It would doubtless, before this time, have been replaced by one more in accordance with the progressive spirit of the age, but that the good pastor felt reluctant to call upon his parishioners, who not many years since contributed to the erection of a new church at Caroreigh, near Camross.' Loftus Brennan is listed as living at Cloghulatagh in 1853, and also as occupying a house at Chapel St., Taghmon. It appears, however, that he did begin the collection for the new church. He was a stern and severe pastor and stories still circulate concerning some of the incidents in which he was involved. The words spoken by him on one memorable occasion are still recalled in the folk memory of older inhabitants of the Parish. Collections for the new church, or possibly for maintenance of the old one, had been going on for quite some time when a wealthy parishioner died and bequeathed 500 to the church fund. The flock heaved a collective sigh of relief and assumed that this considerable sum would bring the figure up to the required amount. On the following Sunday however, Fr. Brennan took up the building fund collection as usual. The parishioners then approached the building committee and complained. The committee, who were in mortal fear of the parish priest, gingerly broached the subject with him. He did not react well. The following Sunday he delivered a stinging rebuke to the congregation. Striding, as was his custom, back and forth across the sanctuary area and speaking loudly over his shoulder he harangued the assembled gathering and amongst many criticisms he uttered the following: 'It was a black day for me when the Bishop appointed me to this outpost of civilisation. Here in Taghmon, I am surrounded by Swords, Sides and Savages from Tinkers Row to Hell Street, to Duffers Lane and my bones will not lie here for the people of Taghmon to walk over.' He was as good as his word as he is buried in the family plot in Whitechurch.

On another occasion, when he was hearing confessions, a penitent told him something which displeased him so much that he reached out and punched the astonished parishioner. At this, all those waiting in line for confessions got up and left the church hurriedly! Rev. Loftus Brennan died aged 68 on 9/1/1866

1866 - 1896 Rev. William Murphy P.P.

He was born in 1808 at Gibberpatrick, Duncormick and was educated at St. Peter's College and Maynooth. He was ordained in 1836 and appointed curate to 'the convict priest', Fr. Dixon in Crossabeg. Later he spent some time in Enniscorthy before returning to Crossabeg as P.P. from c.1858 to 1866 and was then appointed to Taghmon. On May 9th 1869 he laid the foundation stone for the present Catholic Church on the site of the old church and the building was completed in 1871. He was made Dean of Ferns in 1880 and Vicar General in 1884. He died on 28/5/1896, aged 88. A slab in the church commemorates his memory.

He was a non-political, erudite and old fashioned clergyman who rose at 5.00 a.m. each morning and had his daily Mass finished by 6.00 a.m. During his tenure, new National Schools for boys and girls, were built in Chapel St.

The only recorded occasion when he delivered a public speech was in the chapel yard, Taghmon, on 13/11/1868 when a large gathering was held for the purpose of supporting the parliamentary Liberal candidates, Messrs Darcy and Power, in the forthcoming elections. The big election issue was the dis-establishment of the Church of Ireland. The opening of the meeting was signalled in spectacular fashion by the collapse of portion of the speakers platform. Dean Murphy was elected chairman of the meeting on the motion of Pierce Ryan, Glynn and seconded by Mr. Kavanagh, Mulmintra.

He spent one year from Nov. 1858 to Oct. 1859 travelling the continent of Europe.

It was Dean Murphy who composed the famous address to the poet, Thomas Moore, on the occasion of his famous 'triumphal entry into Bannow' in Aug. 1835, where he was the guest of Thomas Boyce. The young Fr. Murphy was then a brilliant student in Maynooth and composed the address at the request of Mr. Boyce and the P.P. of Rathangan, Fr. John Barry.

1896 -1914 Rev. Patrick M. Furlong P.P.

He was born in 1844 at Ballygarra, Carne. He was educated at St. Peter's College and Maynooth and ordained in 1868. In 1869 he was appointed curate of Boolavogue where he became steeped in the lore of 1798. In 1871 he was curate of New Ross and very involved in the Land League. He was the political sponsor of John E. Redmond who entered public life as a member for New Ross.. Redmond and Fr. Furlong remained life long friends, except for a short period when they fell out over the Parnell crises . In 1883 he moved to Tacumshane and in 1890 was made P.P. of Piercestown. He remained there until 1896 when he was made P.P. of Taghmon. While he was P.P. in Piercestown he received a gift of a painting, 'Madonna' by Guido, from Lord Maurice Fitzgerald of Johnstown Castle. Lord Maurice was of the opinion that the painting was very valuable. On transfer to Taghmon Canon Furlong brought this painting with him and on his death left it to his successor in Taghmon, Canon Fortune - who had also been attached to Piercestown. Canon Fortune decided that the painting belonged to Piercestown Parish and on his death in 1925 it was returned there. Fr. James Curtis, while P.P. of Piercestown in 1977 consulted Dr. James White of The National Gallery as to the value of the painting and was informed that it was but a copy of an Italian original and not of any great value.

Canon Furlong was a tremendous scholar and intellectual whose Sunday sermons often went well over the heads of the congregation. He built a substantial hall and reading room as a place of recreation for the parishioners. This was situated on a site opposite the present Parochial House, very near the location of the existing National School. He got a stroke in 1911, while saying Mass in Taghmon church and died aged 69 on 13/8/1914. His brother was the prominent churchman Archdeacon John L. Furlong, P.P. of Gorey and Vicar General of the Diocese.

John Redmond MP was considered to be the best orator at this time in the House of Commons. Such was Canon Furlong's reputation as a speaker that it was acknowledged that he was an even better speaker than Redmond.

John Redmond's telegram to Canon's Furlong brother, Mr. John Furlong, Ballygarra on the occasion of the death of the Canon, read as follows: 'Deeply grieved at the death of my old and beloved friend. Accept deepest sympathy.'

His obituary in 'The People', in 1914 began as follows: 'Canon Furlong is dead. All Wexford, all Ireland will mourn his loss'. It referred to him as 'famous throughout the country.....many messages of sympathy came from prominent sources'.

1914-1925 Rev. William Fortune P.P.

He was born in 1848 in Gaynestown, near Murrintown. He first ministered in Kilmore and in 1876, in Enniscorthy before becoming P.P. of Piercestown in 1896. He came to Taghmon in Sept. 1914 and cycled to all his sick calls. He was a well known apostle of temperance and tried very hard to eradicate social drinking in the village. He was a friend and prominent supporter of the Irish Parliamentary Leader, John Redmond MP

The laying of the beautiful mosaics in the sanctuary of the Catholic Church in Taghmon were initiated under Canon Fortune's guidance.

On the day of his funeral 'blinds were drawn on all houses in Taghmon and all business were closed and fully shuttered' . During the War Of Independence and The Civil War his sympathies did not lie with the Republicans.

Nov. 1925 Rev. Paul Kehoe

He was stationed in Cloughbawn when appointed P.P. of Taghmon, on 3rd Nov. 1925. However, he did not accept the appointment and resigned on 8 Nov. 1925 in order to remain in Cloughbawn.

1925-1956 Rev. Thomas Scallan P. P.

He was born in Ballyvalloo, Blackwater, in 1875 and was the son of Nicholas and Anastasia Scallan of Ballyneskar. He was ordained in Maynooth in 1899. His brother Richard Scallan was a member of Wexford County Council and other public bodies. He served as C.C. in Ballymitty, Askamore and Cleariestown before becoming P.P. of Taghmon in 1925. He built the Mortuary Chapel and the Priest's Cemetery, replaced the old wooden alter rails with a marble structure and placed a statue of Our Lady over the alcove at the church entrance. He also laid out a new entrance and lawn at the parochial residence. He organised the building of the new National School, in Chapel St., opposite the old school and bought the land for the New Cemetery, which was consecrated in 1938

Canon Scallan wore a grey beard and was very fond of cats. He kept a large number in his house in Taghmon. A story is told about the Canon during his time in Taghmon. One day he met a young member of the travelling community who was beating a tin can at the side of the road. Canon Scallan addressed the young man. 'Can you say the Hail Mary?' The young man looked up at the priest and answered, 'Can you bottom a can, Father?' The priest answered that he could not and the young man said, 'Well, that's it - every man to his job. You pray, and I'll bottom the can.'

Canon Scallan resigned due to old age, in 1953, and died in Ballyneskar, in 1956.

Canon Thomas Scallan P.P. Taghmon (1925- 1956)

1953 - 1956 Rev Michael Byrne ADM

He was never P.P. of Taghmon but was appointed ADM during Canon Scallan's final illness. He had great success on the GAA front and brought all the parish teams together. Under Fr. Byrne's guidance St. Munns won County Wexford senior football titles. He also responsible for a major renovation to the priest house.

1956-1966 Rev. Martin Murphy

He was born in 1889 at Ballygullick, Tomhaggard and was ordained, at Maynooth, in 1915. He served as C.C. in Bree until 1921 and then spent 29 years as C.C. in Cloughbawn, before becoming P.P. Taghmon in 1956. For many years he attended sick calls on horseback.

1966-1972 Rev. James Murphy

He was born in 1911 at South Main St., Wexford, and was educated at Wexford CBS and St. Peter's College. He was ordained in 1934 and spent four years studying in Rome. He served for one year at Kilcock, Co. Kildare and in 1935 he was assigned to Oylegate and Monageer. He became C.C. of Askamore in 1936 and then spent five years in Enniscorthy. He was then appointed C.C. of Caroreigh, where he remained for nineteen years. In 1966 he became P.P. of Taghmon. He resigned in 1972 and died on 2/1/1979. He was a man of intellectual and scholastic attainment. He was very involved in amateur dramatics and encouraged this activity with great success in Caroreigh and Taghmon. A keen violinist, his hobbies were music, radio (he built his own), photography and woodwork. During his ministry a new roof was constructed on the Catholic Church and the altar area was redesigned.

1972 -1984 Rev. Henry Williams P.P.

He was born in Forrestalstown, Clonroche in 1916 and educated at St. Peter's College where he was ordained in 1942. He went on loan to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin for one year and was then appointed C.C. in Gusserane. He became the longest serving curate in that parish's history before being appointed as C.C. of Caroreigh and subsequently as P.P. of Taghmon. The population of the village, after many years of decline, began to show an increase, during Fr. Williams's time, as a result of new housing schemes and returning emigrants. He was a good organiser and added a major extension to the National School.

1984 - to date. Rev. Thomas McCormack.

He was ordained in 1958 and was C.C. in New Ross for eighteen years. He then ministered for eight years, as C.C., in Ferns. He expanded the National School by four more rooms. He is a keen sportsman. As well as being a low handicap golfer he has successfully completed the London and Dublin marathons on many occasions.


The following list represents those who were curates in the parish whether the appointments were as C.C. of Taghmon, Trinity or Caroreigh.
1760-1770 Rev. Myles Murphy
was C.C. He is buried in Trinity.
1787 Rev. Matthew Byrne
may have been C.C. in Taghmon
1817- 1838 Rev. Thomas Stafford.
He was native of Ballygrangans and afterwards became P.P. of Ballygarrett and then Castlebridge. He was involved in the building of the church at Trinity.
1838 - 1849 Fr. Peter Warren.
(see above) He was born in 1813 and ordained in 1938. Appointed C.C. of Taghmon he was very active in fighting for better conditions for the destitute of the area but he succumbed to the cholera outbreak and died on 3/9/1849.
1841- 1843 Rev. Denis Kenny.
He was later C.C. in Wexford.
Rev. Philip Devereux
served for some time as curate. He was later P.P. of Bree.
1843-1848 Rev. Jeremiah Hogan
is listed as RC Curate of Taghmon.
1848 -1851 Rev. Walter Lambert
was C.C. of Taghmon. He was a nephew of Fr. Scallan P.P. (see above). He was ordained in 1847 and later joined the Redemptorist Order.
1849-1853 Rev. John Kirwan.
He later became C.C. of Kilmore.
1851-1858 Andrew Kehoe
He became C.C. of Hook in Sept. 1858.
1853 James Lyng
He was later appointed administrator of Templetown and Poulfur.
1858-1862 Rev. Thomas Doyle.
He was born in Tombrick, Bunclody in 1817. He ministered as C.C. in Caroreigh for four years before being appointed administrator of Ramsgrange and Duncannon in May 1862. This was Fr. Tom Doyle the "Land League Priest". He became very famous as a land agitator and political firebrand during the latter part of the nineteenth century.
1862-1872 Rev. Loughlin Druhan.
He was made P.P. of Tomacork in Oct. 1872.
1867-1871 Rev. Walter Barry.
He was appointed C.C. in Enniscorthy in Feb. 1871.
1871-1873 Rev. John Doyle.
Went to St. Peter's College in Aug. 1873.
1873 Rev. Matthew J. Sinnott.
A native of Ardcavan, he was appointed P.P. of Piercestown in Sept. 1884.
1872-1875 Rev. Thomas Cloney.
He was made P.P. of Tagoat in Sept. 1875.
1875-1876 Rev. Michael Keating.
Went as Kilmore in 1876.
1876-1879 Rev. Thomas O'Connor.
Transferred to Wexford in Sept. 1877.
1877-1899 Rev. James Walsh.
Became P.P. Oylegate in Mar. 1899.
1884 -1896 Rev. William Keogh.
He was transferred to Ballymitty as C.C. in Mar. 1896.
1896-1900 Rev. John Howell.
He was transferred to Craanford in 1900.
1899-1924 Rev. John Murphy.
He was made P.P. of Ballymurn in Dec. 1924.
1900 Rev. Peter Somers.
He retired through ill health.
1900-1903 Rev. Patrick Sinnott.
He was ordained in St. Peter's College in 1898 and transferred to Suttons in 1903.
1896 Rev. Thomas M O'Ryan
was listed as C.C. Taghmon.
1903-1904 Rev. David Hore.
Transferred to Kiltealy in May 1904.
1904-1908 Rev. Martin Murphy.
Transferred to Crossabeg in 1908.
1908 Rev. James Gaul.
1916-1922 Rev. Michael Murphy.
Transferred to Tinahely in Aug. 1922.
1922-1923 Rev. Patrick Walsh.
He resigned through illness on 7 Sept. 1923 and died 21 June 1927. Despite being ill with TB he attended the condemned republican prisoners (together with Fr. Wickham C.C. Wexford) Jim Parle, John Creane and Pat Hogan before their execution on 13 March 1923. He walked to the place of execution between Parle and Creane, holding the hand of each. He left a moving account of the events of that fateful day which records the last conversations of those brave young men as they went to face the firing squad . Bill Parle of Clover Valley, brother of Jim, records that Fr. Walsh offered to exchange his clothes with Jim to allow him to escape. Jim Parle refused the offer.
1923-1932 Rev. Patrick Browne.
Transferred to Barntown on 16th Nov. 1932.
1924-1931 Rev. William J. Harpur.
Appointed P.P. Kilrush in Feb. 1931.
1931-1948 Rev. John J. Kelly.
Appointed P.P. Tomacork in Sept. 1948.
1932-1940 Rev. Patrick Kehoe.
Transferred to Riverchapel in Mar. 1940.
1940 Rev. John Doran.
Transferred to New Ross in July 1940.
1940-1953 Rev. Jeremiah Anglim.
He took a great interest in the youth of the area, starting 'The Taghmon Boys Club' and organising a dramatic society and pageants. He was transferred to Davidstown in Nov. 1953. Later became P.P. Carrig-on-Bannow.
1948-1966 Rev. James Murphy.
Appointed P.P. Taghmon on Nov. 26th 1966.
1953-1956 Rev. Michael Byrne.
He was appointed ADM, Taghmon, in 1953.
1953-1957 Rev. Patrick Kelly.
Returned to Limerick in July 1957.
1957-1967 Rev. Patrick Jordan.
Appointed Bursar, St. Peter's College in August 1967. Later became P.P. of Ballycullane.
1966-1972 Rev. Henry Williams.
Appointed P.P.Taghmon 12 June 1972.
1967-1972 Rev. Philip Egan.
Transferred to Westminster in 1972. Later he was C.C. in Clongeen and Cleariestown.
1972-1977 Rev. John P. Nolan.
Transferred to Monaseed in 1977.
1977-1982 Rev. Michael O 'Rourke.
Went on loan to Birmingham in 1983.
1982-1983 Rev. Kevin Cahill.
Went to Maynooth to continue studies .
1983 -to date. Rev. Martin Casey.


Canon John Gorey

Fr. Martin Casey, C.C. Caroreigh

Fr. Tom McCormick, P.P. Taghmon

Diocesan Archives, Summerhill, Wexford.


  1. 'Celibacy in The Catholic Church - a brief history' by Thomas O'Loughlin in 'History Ireland' vol.3 no. 4.
  2. 'St. Vauk of Carne' by John P. Dalton, M.R.I.A. in The Past no.2 p.23
  3. The date on this tomb is now indicipherable. Richard Roche has his death at 1616. See 'The Story of Harperstown' by Richard Roche in this journal.
  4. There is an article about this family in 'The People' 27/11/1909
  5. History of The Diocese of Ferns - Grattan Flood
  6. The Past . No. 9 page 77 Article by Mons. P. Corish
  7. 'The Catholic Priest in the 1798 Rebellion'by Kevin Whelan in Wexford History and Society. p.539 Note 128.
  8. ibid.
  9. From a paper in the possesion of the author which was wrtten on 27/7/1965 by Micheal Mac Eochaidh, Life-member of Royal Society of Antiquaries.
  10. Insurrection of 1798 by P.F.Kavanagh.
  11. Memoirs of The Irish Rebellion of 1798 by Sir Richard Musgrave.
  12. ibid.
  13. Maynooth Students and Ordinations Index 1795-1895 by Patrick J. Hamell
  14. Canon John Gahan of Gorey
  15. ibid.
  16. Sights and Scenes in our Fatherland by Thomas Lacy 1863
  17. Griffiths Valuations for the County of Wexford
  18. These were decent local families whose descendants still live in the village.
  19. Now known as Cottage Row at the Wexford Road entrance to the village
  20. Now Hill Street
  21. This is Dudley's Lane - now known as Chapel Lane. A tramps home was situated here. The last person to run it was Maria Hayes.
  22. This story was told to the author by the late Fr. T. Rossiter of Ballingale who also told me that his great-grand uncle, James Pierce of Ballingale, had an arguement with Fr. Loftus Brennan which ended with him being thrown from the organ gallery down into the body of the church by the pastor!
  23. The People June 1896
  24. The New Ross Standard 21/8/1914
  25. By Bishop's Rath and Norman fort - The Story of Piercestown - Murrintown. Page 160/161
  26. The People Nov 1925
  27. I am indebted to Mrs. Eithne Scallan of Wexford for this story which comes from the great folklorist, Mrs. Maure Roche of Screen.
  28. See 'Grattan Flood's History of the Diocese of Ferns' p164
  29. Slater's Directory of 1846
  30. For more about Fr. Tom see "Father Tom - the Land League Priest" by Seamus S. De Val in "The Past" No.12.
  31. See 'Republican Wexford Remembers 1922-1923' by Seamus Mac Suain - Wexford 1993.