Child Protection

The Diocese of Galway, Kilfenora & Kilmacduagh is committed to best practice in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, particularly when involved in Church related activities. It is our aim to safeguard, respect and value the dignity and well-being of every child, young person and vulnerable adult involved in church-related activities.

AUDIT REPORT on the safeguarding practices in our Diocese
published on 24 April 2013.

Autit one year on – download here

Director of Safeguarding

Mr Kevin Duffy

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 
Newtownsmith, Galway

Safeguarding Office

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 
Árus de Brún, 
, Galway

Office Hours
: Monday-Friday
 10:00 to 13:00

: Ms. Ita O’Mahony

: Fr Michael Brennan
; Sr Aileen Murphy

Diocesan Designated Persons: 
Mr Kevin Duffy; 
Mrs Eileen Kelly (contact details below)

Western Diocese Vetting Office, Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith, Galway.

Phone +353-091-575051


Administrator: Ms. Ita O’Mahony


Phone :353 091 575051

Communication Policy – Download here

Newsletter 2014 – Download here

Newsletter 2013 – Download here

Child Protection Policy

The Diocesan policy, Safeguarding children and young people, is available to download:

Safeguarding Children and Young People

Guidelines for parishes on webcasting and cctv usage-download here

Guidelines for parishes on Mobile Phones, Electronic Communication & Photography Policy – download here

Have you a concern?

If you have a concern in relation to safeguarding of children, please contact one of our Diocesan Designated Persons, the HSE or the Gardaí:

Mr Kevin Duffy

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 
Newtownsmyth, Galway

Mrs Eileen Kelly

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 

HSE Galway

HSE Clare


Your local Garda Station

Emergency Services
: dial 999 or 112


  1. Application form for work in church-related activities
  2. Declaration of workers in church-related activities
  3. Garda Vetting Application Form.
  4. Parent – Guardian Consent Form
  5. Diocesan safeguarding policy sign-up form
  6. Group activity application form and consent form
  7. Specific event or activity consent form
  8. Accident or incident report form
  9. General complaints form
  10. Form for recording disclosures or concerns about abuse

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