"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

  4. Fr. Sherlock, I am hoping you are the same Fr. Sherlock who celebrated 7:45 Mass at St Agnes Cathedral this morning. If so, I wanted to say your Homily dedicated to you mother was very moving. I lost my mother just last June, so your words resounded so strongly with me.

    And your song after communion? Beautiful. Just beautiful!

    Thank you for a spectacular start to this day.

    God Bless you,


    • Yes Peter!! Many thanks for your kind words and my sympathies to you on the loss of your mother. R.I.P.

      • Similar condolences, Father. I know we can rationalize “it was time”, “a better place” etc., but it is a truly singular loss.

        Not sure of length of your stay here at St Agnes, would welcome the opportunity to speak directly if at all possible. I’ll leave my # with the Rectory office with the hope that could happen.

        Thank you again.


  5. Wonderful poem shared at today’s 12:10 Mass @ St. Agnes! Thank you Fr. Vincent.
    Mike B.

    • Thank you for that. I decided to add the lines to the blog so they’re the most recent post. Kind of you to get in touch. God Bless, Vincent

  6. Dear Fr. Sherlock,
    Thank you for making St. Agnes in Rockville Centre, NY part of you summer. You always bring a smile to my face and teach me a new perspective on life and applying the Gospel to life.
    You’re in my prayers,
    Kathleen Weston

    • Many thanks, that is kind of you to say. Always enjoy the time spent here and look forward to it each year. God Bless, Vincent

  7. Father Sherlock, thank you for sharing your blog. My great grandparents John and Bridget Sherlock were from Gurteen. Their daughter Catherine 1879 was my grandmother. Thank you again Barb

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