Sep 23, 2015

Bishop Leahy says Limerick’s loss is Defence Forces Gain


Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that the Irish Defence Forces will have a great source of pastoral care and spiritual support with the appointment of Fr. Seamus Madigan as its Head Chaplain.


Fr. Madigan becomes Head Chaplain to Óglaigh na hÉireann (Defence Forces, Ireland) after nine years as Chaplain at Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick.  In that time he has served on overseas missions in Kosovo, Chad and the Lebanon.


Fr. Madigan was ordained at his local Church in Croagh, Co. Limerick in 1991 for the Society of St. Francis de Sales, (Salesian). He was incardinated into the Diocese of Limerick in 2003 when he was appointed as Chaplain in Castletroy Community College, a post he held until taking up the post at Sarsfield Barracks.


He also served as Diocesan Communications Officer for a period until 2007 and presented a show on Live 95FM and 102fm local radio stations.


Congratulating Fr. Madigan on his appointment, Bishop Leahy said, “Seamus has been a very popular Chaplain in Sasfield Barracks both in his duties here and during

his service abroad with the peace-keeping operations.


“He will now take his strong and caring pastoral role and spiritual support to the national post and we wish him well in this.  We will miss him but, at least, we know he will also have contact with Limerick in his new role and look forward to meeting him through that.”