United Dioceses of Down and Dromore

Deoise An Dúin agus An Droim Mór
Coat of arms of the United Dioceses of Down and Dromore
Coat of arms
CountryNorthern Ireland
Ecclesiastical provinceArmagh
ArchdeaconriesDown, Dromore
HeadquartersChurch of Ireland House, 61-67 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2QH
DenominationChurch of Ireland
Cathedral1) Down Cathedral
2) Dromore Cathedral
3) St Anne's Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopDavid Alexander McClay,
Bishop of Down and Dromore
ArchdeaconsThe Ven Jim Cheshire
Archdeacon of Down
The Ven Mark Harvey,
Archdeacon of Dromore

The Diocese of Down and Dromore (also known as the United Dioceses of Down and Dromore) is a diocese of the Church of Ireland in the south east of Northern Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. The geographical remit of the diocese covers half of the City of Belfast to the east of the River Lagan and the part of County Armagh east of the River Bann and all of County Down.

Overview and history

Diocese Highlighted

When the Church in England broke communion with the Catholic Church, the Church of England was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, a similar new body became the state church in the Kingdom of Ireland. The English-speaking minority mostly adhered to the Church of Ireland or to Presbyterianism. On the death of Archbishop Trench of Tuam in 1839, the Province of Tuam was united to the Armagh. Over the centuries, numerous dioceses were merged, in view of declining membership. Until 1944, the dioceses of Down and Dromore were part of the United Dioceses of Down, Connor and Dromore. In 1944, the Diocese of Connor gained a separate existence under its own bishop. It is for this reason that the united diocese has three cathedrals.


Holy Trinity Cathedral
Dromore Cathedral
St Anne's Cathedral

The Diocese is the second largest of the Church of Ireland in terms of church population, with around 91,000 people and more than one hundred serving ordained Clergy. It is divided up into 79 parishes, with a total of 115 churches.


Although the united diocese works under a single bishop, currently David McClay, each of the two dioceses within it has its own set of officers.

Bishops of Down and Connor[1][2]

Main article: Bishop of Down and Connor

Bishops of Down, Connor and Dromore[6]

Main article: Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore

Bishops of Down and Dromore[6]

Main article: Bishop of Down and Dromore

Relation with the Anglican realignment

Former Bishop Harold Miller is a member of GAFCON Ireland, and he attended GAFCON III, held in Jerusalem, on 17–22 June 2018.[9] His successor, David McClay, is also a leading member of GAFCON Ireland.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 388–389. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  2. ^ Cotton, Henry (1849). The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Fasti ecclesiae Hiberniae. Vol. 3, The Province of Ulster. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. pp. 202–218.
  3. ^ s:Leslie, Henry (DNB)
  4. ^ Jeremy Taylor at satucket.com
  5. ^ s:Boyle, Roger (1617?-1687) (DNB00)
  6. ^ a b Fryde, ibid., p. 389.
  7. ^ Charles Frederick d'Arcy Archived 12 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine at belfastcathedral.org
  8. ^ Ordination and consecration of Bishop of Down and Dromore on 25 April 1997 at ireland.anglican.org
  9. ^ Bishop Harold reflects on his experience of the recent GAFCON conference, Diocese of Down and Dromore Official Website, 25 June 2018
  10. ^ Authentic Anglicanism and False Fears, GAFCON Official Website, 28 January 2020