Former Irish international hockey player and Olympian, John C. Jermyn, has been appointed by the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, to be the new Diocesan Registrar of the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. John is a parishioner of the parish of Douglas Union, with Frankfield ion the southern suburbs of Cork City.
John’s appointment is historic and significant in that it comes at the start of a new century of voluntary service in that particular role to the United Dioceses by the Jermyn family. John C Jermyn succeeds his father John L. Jermyn who was appointed Diocesan Registrar in 1980. The new Registrar’s grandfather – John Bennett Jermyn – served in the same post from 1947 to 1980, and his great-grandfather – also John Jermyn – was appointed Diocesan Registrar in 1920 by the then Bishop: Dr Charles Dowse.
John was educated at St Luke’s National School, Douglas, Cork, Ashton School, Cork and at University College Cork. He qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and, having worked with the firm of RDJ, Ronan, Daly, Jermyn Solicitors for seven years, he took up the role of in-house legal counsel with Global Shares in August 2018.
Responding to his appointment John said:
I am very honoured to accept the position of Diocesan Registrar. This year marks the 100th year that a member of my family has held the role and I am proud to follow in their footsteps. I look forward to working with Bishop Paul and his team for many years to come.
John’s career as a sportsman and international hockey player is well known. Having represented Ireland at under-16, u-18 and u-21 levels, between 2002 and 2018 he then made 179 appearances and scored 93 goals for Ireland. He represented Ireland at the Olympics in 2016, and from 2012 to 2018 held the record as Ireland’s top goal scorer. His home hockey club is Cork Church of Ireland based at Garryduff Sports Centre (ICICYMA – the Incorporated Church of Ireland Cork Young Men’s Association).
A date will be set in due course when the Diocese will mark both the retirement of his father John L. Jermyn, and when John C Jermyn will be installed.
Each Church of Ireland Diocese has a Diocesan Registry in a place named by the bishop, and the Diocesan Council is required to make arrangements for the safe custody of the registry and its contents. The contents may include: judgments or orders of the Diocesan Court or the Court of the General Synod; records of appointments of clergy, appointments of clergy by licence, retirements and resignations; the appointment of deputy chancellors and deputy registrars of the Diocese.
The Diocesan Registrar has responsibility for these matters, and also the keeping of a verified roll of the clergy of the Diocese which is to be tabled at meetings of diocesan Boards of Patronage (which nominates clergy to the bishop for appointment to parishes). More generally, Diocesan Registrars are frequently turned to by bishops for advice in legal matters.