Rev­erend Neal O’Raw is new Archdea­con of Glen­dalough

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REV­EREND Neal O’Raw, Rec­tor of Donough­more and Donard with Dunlavin, has been an­nounced as the new Church of Ire­land Archdea­con of Glen­dalough, suc­ceed­ing the ven­er­a­ble Ricky Roun­tree who re­tired in Septem­ber.

Revd O’Raw has ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion of Arch­bishop Michael Jack­son to be­come Archdea­con. He has been serv­ing in Glen­dalough since the start of 2016 and has also served in the United Dio­ce­ses of Tuam, Kil­lala and Achonry where he was a Ru­ral Dean. He is mar­ried to Síob­han and they have three grown-up sons.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment, Arch­bishop Jack­son said that Neal was well-known and liked in the dio­ce­ses.

‘Neal’s parishes are in the heart of the ru­ral dio­cese of Glen­dalough and this is one of the many per­spec­tives he will bring to the work of Archdea­con of Glen­dalough. His warm per­son­al­ity and strong faith in God have al­ready en­deared him to many across the United Dio­ce­ses,’ said Arch­bishop Jack­son.

‘In look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Neal, who has ac­cepted my in­vi­ta­tion to un­der­take this role, I wish to put on record once again my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the work of Archdea­con Richard Roun­tree who has re­cently re­tired. To both Neal and Ricky and their fam­i­lies I wish hap­pi­ness and health long into the fu­ture,’ he said.

The new Archdea­con re­gards it as an hon­our to have been of­fered the role.

‘The Dio­cese of Glen­dalough has a rich his­tory within the church in Ire­land, ably min­is­tered by its many Bish­ops, Archdea­cons and clergy. Archdea­con Roun­tree, in his years of ser­vice to the dio­cese, has left a great legacy to fol­low, but in do­ing so I hope to make the role my own,’ he said. ‘I feel I have much to of­fer in ex­pe­ri­ence. Grow­ing up on the North­side of Dublin, in Ra­heny and Ar­tane, and spend­ing 13 years min­is­ter­ing in Tuam, Kil­lala and Achonry, I be­lieve give me a per­spec­tive on the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties, both ru­ral and ur­ban, in the Archdea­conry of Glen­dalough. Hav­ing worked with the clergy of the Dio­cese over the past two and a half years, I can see that they have a great heart for the peo­ple they serve, and work well to­gether to con­tinue the tra­di­tions of this Archdea­conry’.

He also paid trib­ute to the par­ish­ioners of Donough­more and Donard with Dunlavin, and the wider west Wick­low com­mu­nity, for so warmly wel­com­ing his fam­ily and now ea­gerly awaits meet­ing and get­ting to know oth­ers in the parishes of the dio­cese.

‘The Dio­cese of Glen­dalough does not work in iso­la­tion, and I look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved more closely with the work­ings of the United Dio­cese of Dublin and Glen­dalough. I would like to thank Arch­bishop Michael for this op­por­tu­nity and I look for­ward to work­ing with and sup­port­ing him in the com­ing years’.

The Rev­erend Neal O’Raw with Arch­bishop Michael Jack­son.

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