Who we are

The Catholic Diocese of Limerick is a registered charity (with charity number CYH1740.  Its offices are at Limerick Diocesan Centre, St. Munchins, Corbally, Limerick.  The Diocese is a controller of certain personal data for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679 (the “GDPR”).
The Diocese of Limerick is committed to ensuring that your personal data is properly and securely managed in accordance with the GDPR and the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 (the “Acts”) and believes this is an important part of achieving trust and confidence between the Diocese and those with whom it interacts.  This policy is to let you know how the Diocese will look after your personal data.
This policy relates to the website of [www.limerickdiocese.org domain only.  You may find links on our websites to other websites over which the Diocese does not have control.  Once you have used these links to leave this website, any information you provide to these third parties is not covered by this Privacy Policy.
In addition, the Diocese may operate social media accounts on other websites for example, Facebook and Twitter.  You will need to consult the privacy polices of those websites for information on how they use your personal data.
By using this site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Relationship between the Diocese and parish

Please contact us if you require further information on this.  The relevant contact details are below.    

The type of information we have

The personal data which we hold relating to you may include the following: -

We may also collect and process the following special category personal data:

Our Safeguarding Office may also process data relating to criminal convictions and offences.

How we collect the data we hold about you

The Diocese collects the data we hold about you in a number of ways:

  1. When you access our website;
  2. By you using the “contact us” facility on our website;
  3. By you contacting the Diocesan office by phone, email or letter and providing data to us;
  4. Through face to face meetings with you; 
  5. Sometimes from a parish or other third party;
  6. When you attend Diocesan training;
  7. When you use the vetting service.

Why we process your data and the lawful basis for processing your data 

We must have a lawful basis for processing your data.  The lawful basis will vary depending on the circumstances and the type of data involved. One lawful basis is where you have given your consent to us processing your data.  (This consent can be withdrawn by contacting us.)  Other examples are where the processing is necessary for one of the following: -

The above are examples only, you will need to contact us for further information on the legal basis for processing your personal data.

We must have a different lawful basis for processing special category data.  These are set out in the GDPR but here are some examples: -

The above are examples only, please contact us if you require further information.

What we do with the information we have

We use your information for a number of purposes including:

Who we share your data with

Where we feel it is necessary to share your personal data with a third party, such processing will be carried out in accordance with our obligations under the GDPR and the Acts.  This means that we will either have your consent to processing your personal data in this way or there will be another lawful basis for doing so (see above under the heading “Why we process your data and the lawful basis for processing your data”).

We may share your personal data with the following:

How we store your information

We store your data in both manual and electronic format.  We use the following technical and organisational measures to protect your personal data:

While we use all reasonable endeavours to protect your personal data, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. For this reason, we cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal data which is transferred from you or to you via the internet.

Transfer of your personal data outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”)

We do not usually transfer your data outside the EEA.  However, there may be some limited circumstances where this is necessary. For example, where you are getting married in a country outside the EEA.  Some of these countries do not have laws which provide the same level of protection to your personal data as laws within the EEA.  We will either obtain your consent before transferring your personal data to such a country or otherwise transfer such data in accordance with the GDPR and the Acts.   

Your data protection rights 

You have a number of rights under the GDPR and the Acts.  These include the following: -

The above rights are subject to certain exceptions and may be restricted in certain circumstances.     
Rights may only be exercised by the individual whose information is being held by the Diocese or with that individual’s express permission.  We may request proof of identity for verification purposes before you can exercise any of these rights.


Our website uses cookies to help you in your interactions and to enhance your user experience.  Cookies are small files placed on your computer’s hard drive, or in your browser memory, when you visit our website.  You can access our Cookies Policy here.

We use Google Analytics to track user engagement and usage on our website.  For further information see Google’s Privacy Policy here.

We also use privacy preferences.  We use a tracking cookie, which is added to your computer, to remember your cookie preferences i.e. if you have allowed or disallowed them.

Changes to Policy

The Diocese reserves the right to review and amend this Privacy Policy at any time without notice and you should check this page regularly to review the most up to date Privacy Policy.  

Further information

Further information relating to your data privacy rights is available at www.dataprotection.ie
You may contact our Data Protection Officer at dpo@cashel-emly.ie

How to complain    

If you are unhappy about how we have treated your personal data, you may make a complaint to the Data Protection Commission.  Their contact details are as follows: -

Data Protection Commission
21 Fitzwilliam Square South
Dublin 2
D02 RD28
Tel +353 (0)0761 104800
+ 353 (0)57 868 4800

The Commission may also be contacted via their website at www.dataprotection.ie