"Raised on songs and stories"

with thanks to the singers and the storytellers

Fáilte Romhat (Welcome)


My name is Vincent Sherlock.  I was born in Moygara, Gurteen, Co. Sligo and am the youngest of three.

My parents, Bill and Mary, were the best I could have asked for and did all they ever could for me - for us all - and were proud of their place and people.  Sadly they are no longer with us, my mother died in 2009 and my father in 2011, but there's not a day they don't make themselves present to me in a memory or prayer. R.I.P.

I was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Achonry on June 14th, 1987 and have worked within the diocese since that time, apart from five years I spent with Galway Regional Marriage Tribunal. I have been in the parishes of Carracastle, Collooney, Ballaghaaderreen and, since 2009, in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo.

Technology and communication are among my interests - hence the blog I suppose - and I like to keep in contact with people insofar as I can.  That has always been important to me.

Songs and stories are important to me too and I like to think this blog gives a platform to share some of the ones I've enjoyed and learned from through the years.  I enjoy writing and have been lucky enough to be able to share some thoughts in writing over the years.  Some of those are found here too and some born here.

Thanks for calling to visit the blog - if it's your first time, I hope you enjoy it and if you're back again for another visit, you're as welcome as you were the first day!

God bless you and keep in touch!


14th June 2017


  1. hi father Sherlock.have read your blog on a few occasions,and indeed are very interesting.i am a native of cloontarriff kilkelly. now married and living down the road in curry.i do keep in touch via the kilmovee news letter.kind regards always. maeve.

  2. I have heard about this on many occasions but this is the first time I have read your blogs.Very thoughtful and well written you really do have a way with words, you don’t just write them on a page you make the page come alive with imagies and memories…

  3. Father Sherlock,
    This is the first time I have seen your blog, though I intend to seek it out from here on. I have been attempting to research my Mulligan relatives who were “from the islands” down from the Kilroy home in Mullaghroe. I am quite sure now that my great grandmother, Mary Mulligan Kilroy was from Lumcloon. I do know she had a cousin and an uncle both Catholic priests by the name of Philip Mulligan. I will enjoy reading about the people and the area on your blog.
    Cathy Streit USA

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