The Diocese of Cloyne

Child Protection Diocesan Policy Statement


The Diocese of Cloyne recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children and young people and is committed to ensuring their safety and well being. The Diocese values and encourages the participation of children and young people in all parish liturgies and in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.


Above all, the Diocese recognises the need to protect children and young people and aims to do this in a way that promotes their human dignity, integrity and worth as children of God.


The Diocese recognises that, while child protection is primarily the responsibility of Parents, it is indeed everyone’s responsibility. In particular, all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them. The Diocese has committed itself to putting procedures in place through which this care is put into effect.


In keeping with this, we will work to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.


Child Safeguarding Services Contact Details


If you, or anyone you know, has a child protection concern, or wishes to report an allegation of child abuse directly to Church Authorities, please contact the Diocesan Designated Officer.


Diocesan Designated Officer: Phone Number: 086 0368999

Diocesan Deputy Designated Officer: Phone Number: 086 7950437


If you, or anyone you know, has a child protection concern or, wishes to report an allegation directly to the Statutory Authorities, please contact the Garda or the Local HSE and ask to speak to the Duty Social Worker.


HSE Office


Mitchelstown Garda Station:  (025) 84833




Professor Irene Lynch Fannon (Civil Lawyer),
Dr. Brid Corkery (Psychiatrist)
Mr. Ned Brennan (Parent)
V. Rev. Canon Patrick Twomey, P.P., (Canon Lawyer)
V. Rev. Canon Thomas Browne, P.P., (Pastor)



Mr. Con Lynch, Macroom, Chairman
Sr. Nuala O Gorman, Secretary
Una Relihan
Brian Williams
Canon Gerry Casey
Denis Ring

Rosarie O’Riordan

Mitchelstown Parish Child Protection Delegates: Martha  Kent, Martin Kelly

National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Contact numbers:

Cloyne Diocesan Safeguarding Committee 022-21009 087-2277274

Email - safeguardingchildrenoffice@cloynediocese.ie 


Website:  www.safeguardingchildrencloyne.ie


Designated Liaison Person(s) (DLP). 086 0368999 Email - dlp@cloynediocese.ie

Diocesan Secretary - Fr. Jim Moore - 021 4811430:   Email - info@cloynediocese.ie 

Diocesan Policy Statement

High Marks for Cloyne:


The safeguarding children policies and procedures of the Diocese of Cloyne successfully complied with all of the 48 criteria outlined in a HSE  audit conducted in December 2011 - January 2012.


This good news is contained in the recently published Report of the HSE Audit of Safeguarding Arrangements in the Catholic Church in Ireland.


Archbishop Clifford has congratulated Cloyne Diocesan  Safeguarding Children Committee and all others who were involved both past and present. For more information see www.safeguardingchildrencloyne.ie