I was born in Taunton, the county town of Somerset, in 1960.

I went to the primary school in the village where we lived and to a special school, because my asthma got bad. I went to the London School of Economics and then Trinity College, Dublin (those things are all true, but the story is far more complicated than that and has far more twists and turns).

I was ordained in 1986, and am in my fourth incumbency (that’s the official term for being in charge of a parish).  On 18th May 2010, I became Rector of the Clonenagh Group of parishes, a group of six churches in Co Laois and Co Offaly, a parish at the heart of Ireland.  Katharine, my wife is dean of Saint Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny.

I have lived in Ireland since 1983, which is most of my life. I cannot imagine doing a different job or living in a different country.

You can email me at: ian at forthefainthearted dot com


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