Trainee priests from the Cashel and Emly Diocese and Killaloe Diocese will continue to be sent to Maynooth following a split in the Church over claims of a 'gay subculture' at the seminary.
Killaloe Diocesan Communications Officer Fr Brendan Quinlivan said that “to the best of his knowledge” students from the Killaloe Diocese would be returning to the 200 year old seminary this September and they would not be taking on board the decision of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin to send students to the Irish College in Rome.
“As far as I know, our students that are in Maynooth are very happy there and are returning there in September. Certainly our experience of Maynooth has been very positive and our experience of the formation team there has been very positive and our students that are there are very happy”.
“ The decision of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin certainly hasn’t changed our opinion of the seminary in Maynooth,” he told the Tipperary Star.
Similarly Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly stated that the “Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly will continue to send seminarians to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth to pursue studies for the priesthood.” However he would not comment further on the issue.
At present there are no seminarians for the Cashel and Emily Diocese while the Killaloe Diocese has three trainee priests all situated in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Last week the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would not be sending would-be priests to the training college in Kildare, instead choosing to send trainees to study in Rome.