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 came to Mayfield, Cork to take charge of the Apostolic School founded by Fr O’Haire. Read more of the history of our SMA presence in the west of Ireland here.
In 1994 a new SMA presence was launched in the west of Ireland with the completion of a new SMA House in Claregalway. It was extensively renovated in 2017 / 2018 and officially reopened in December 2019. Today it is the SMA centre for Promotion and Mission animation in this part of the country, which has given so many priests and brothers to the service of ‘the African missions’, both in the SMA and other missionary societies. It also serves as a retirement house for some of our priests. There are 11 SMA priests in residence.
Community Leader: Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA
Local Bursar: Fr James Clesham SMA
The different departments in Claregalway include:
Family Vocations Crusade (FVC) – Fr Frank McGrath SMA – which aims to gather money to pay for the education of our 300+ seminarians from Africa, India, Philippines and Poland.
Missionary Association Cards (MAC) – Fr Seamus Nohilly SMA – cards for different occasions (Birthdays, Exams, Weddings, Get Well, Bereavement etc).
Mission Boxes – Fr Colman Nilan SMA and a team of dedicated lay people who assist in the collecting of boxes from the different shops all over the Province.
Contact details: 091 – 798 880 firstname.lastname@example.org