We seek to engage together and inclusively in worship that is magnetically attractive, authentic and energising for service.


Sundays 11:30 a.m.


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Below are extracts from the Church of Ireland Website on our common beliefs. We also believe that how we hold our beliefs is crucially important and so we believe in inclusiveness and the sanctity of every person’s life and journey. We believe the cathedral to be everyone’s space where they may find peace and stillness, or human community and belonging, as they need.

We are disciples of Jesus Christ, worshippers of God the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and subscribers to the Creeds of the early Church. In keeping with Anglican theology, our beliefs and practices derive from Scripture, reason and tradition.

We are Catholic and Reformed holding all the Christian faith in its fullness and being part of the one worldwide Church of God. The Church of Ireland is a member Church of the Anglican Communion, a family of independent Churches in full communion with each other and with the See of Canterbury.

We rejoice in the progress on unity made by the ecumenical movement and we seek to remove obstacles to full commion between Christians and to gain from the insight and experience of others. We provide a context in which people of diverse view on theology and liturgy can live and worship together.

We regard worship as a priority for every Christian. In particular, we see the Holy Communion (the Eucharist) as the main way in which church members celebrate their love for God and for each other and become renewed as the Body of Christ for mission and service.

We see a direct relationship between the language of common prayer and the language of doctrine: the words that church members themselves pray and own become the expression of what the Church itself believes. We affirm the ancient three–fold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons.

The ordained ministry serves the whole people of God, to facilitate and encourage its members in their worship, and to enable each of them to identify their own particular ministry as baptised Christians.


Everyone has a call and a ministry within the community of faith. The following are the ordained priests and lay readers.

Dean of Saint Carthage’s & Rector of Lismore Union

The Very Revd Paul Draper

Priest-assistant, Stradbally  

Revd Brian O’Rourke

Diocesan Reader

Mr. Brian Dungan


As well as Saint Carthage’s Cathedral, the Lismore Union of Parishes includes six other churches. Location, service details and other Information on all Union churches can be found here.

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