Dean Arthur Barrett appointed new Rector of Arklow, Inch and Kilbride
The Very Reverend Arthur Barrett, Dean of Raphoe Cathedral and Rector of the Raphoe Group of Parishes, has been appointed Rector of the Arklow, Inch and Kilbride Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Glendalough. The announcement was made in both parishes today (Sunday 15 November 2020). It is expected that he will begin his ministry in Arklow in January 2021. He succeeds Canon Nigel Sherwood who retired earlier this year.
Dean Barrett grew up in Glenageary, Co Dublin. Following school in Dublin and Belfast he studied Business in Bristol and returned to work in Ireland. He was Managing Director of a company providing packaging equipment and technical fabrics to industry throughout Ireland, before entering the Church of Ireland Theological College in 1994. Since Ordination Dean Arthur has been Incumbent in parishes in Dublin, Sligo, Enniskillen and Raphoe.
Arthur is married to Brigid and they have three grown up children, Charlie, Nathan and Lucy. Arthur enjoys spending time with his family, walking their two dogs, cooking and playing croquet.
Commenting on his appointment, Dean Arthur says: “I am humbled and honoured to have been appointed to the Arklow, Inch and Kilbride Group of Parishes. Brigid and I are excited by the opportunity to serve in this new phase of ministry. While leaving the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, and the Raphoe Group of Parishes will be difficult, we are greatly looking forward to serving and working with the people in Arklow, Inch and Kilbride, as we seek to discern God’s will for these parishes in south Wicklow and North Wexford. We would ask for parishioners in both the Raphoe and Arklow Groups of Parishes to hold us in their prayers, as we will be praying for them, as we all enter a new time of transition and challenge.”