Bishop Smith appoints four new Parish Priests

Diocesan Changes: September/October 2014

Fr Michael Meade, Parish Priest of Donore to Parish Priest of Summerhill

Fr Tony Gonoude, Curate in Holy Family, Drogheda to Administrator of Donore

Fr Oliver Devine, Parish Priest of Ballivor-Kildalkey to Parish Priest of Drumraney-Tang

Fr Mark Mohan, Curate in Trim to Parish Priest of Ballivor-Kildalkey

Fr Barry Condron, Administrator in Tyrrellspass to Parish Priest of Castletown-Geoghegan-Tyrrellspass

Fr Ciaran Clarke, recently ordained to Curate in Dunboyne

Fr Declan Kelly, recently ordained to Curate in Trim.


Fr Oliver Devine was ordained in Delvin in June 1994.  He was appointed Curate in Ratoath (1994), St Mary’s, Drogheda  (1998) and Mornington (2001) prior to his appointment as Parish Priest of Ballivor-Kildalkey in 2005.

Fr Mark Mohan, a native of Dublin, was ordained in Dunboyne in October 2000.  Having served on the staff of St Finian’s College, Mullingar for four years, he became Curate in Trim in September 2004.

Fr Barry Condron was ordained in Rahan in September 1995.  He was appointed Curate in Moynalvey (1995), Castletown-Finea (2000),  Dunshaughlin (2009)  and Tyrrellspass (2010), and later Administrator following the death of Fr Seamus Giles RIP.  He has been a member of the Diocesan Catechetical Team for many years and served since 2010 until now as the Director of the Team.

Fr Michael Meade was ordained in June 1987 in his native parish of Rathkenny and served as Curate in Castletown-Kilpatrick, Kingscourt, Ashbourne and Mount Bolus.  He is succeeded in Donore by Fr Tony Gonoude who, since his ordination in his native parish of Tullamore in July 2007, has served as Curate in Holy Family Parish, Ballsgrove.

Newly ordained Fr Ciaran Clarke (32) is a native of Dysart.  Having attending Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan Fr Clarke completed a Post Leaving Certificate course in Business Studies/Information Technology and pursued further studies for three years in Athlone Institute of Technology.  He was accepted as a student for the Diocese of Meath and entered seminary in August 2007. Over the following years, Fr Clarke was assigned parish placements in Mullingar, Trim and Tullamore.  Fr Clarke celebrated his First Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Dysart on Monday 29 September 2014.

The youngest priest in the Diocese of Meath, Fr Declan Kelly (26) is a native of Rochfortbridge.  Fr Kelly commenced his studies for the priesthood in 2005 at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  He undertook postgraduate studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris (2008-2009) before completing his theology degree while resident at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  He has worked as a deacon in St Mary’s Parish, Navan since January 2014.