SMA Zimmermann House, Cloonbigeen, Claregalway, Co Galway, H91 YK64
The presence of the SMA in Ireland goes back to 1876 when the then SMA Superior General, Fr Augustin Planque, sent Fr James O’Haire (a priest working with Irish immigrants in South Africa) to recruit English-speaking priests from Ireland to join the Society. In 1878 Fr Francis Devoucoux SMA came to Mayfield, Cork to take charge of the Apostolic school founded by Fr O’Haire.
Read about the SMA presence in the west of Ireland
The SMA House in Claregalway was built in 1994 and renovated in 2018. It serves as a Promotion and Mission animation centre for the west of Ireland. It also serves as a retirement house for some of our priests. There are 12 SMA priests in residence.
Community Leader: Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA
House Bursar: Fr James Clesham SMA
The different departments in Claregalway are:
Family Vocations Crusade (FVC) – Fr Frank McGrath SMA – which fundraises to pay for the education of our 250+ seminarians from Africa, India, Philippines and Poland.