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This is the homepage of the Parish of Kildysart – part of the Diocese of Killaloe. We are located in South Clare on the shore of the Shannon estuary. Our parish is centred on St Michael’s Church and is a vibrant community.  Somebody once described a parish as a “family of families” and that description certainly sits well with us here in Kildysart.  People are supportive of each other and the good of the community is central to daily parish life.

Our site is intended to be a source of information about our parish for locals and visitors alike. We hope that you may find these pages informative and supportive. We welcome your suggestions.

October 2012

Christmas 2018 in Radharc na nOileán

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Saturday, 8 December

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Saturday  8 December is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation and Mass for the feast will be celebrated in our pastoral area on:

  • Ballycorick- 7pm Friday
  • Cranny – 7pm Friday
  • Labasheeda-8pm Friday
  • Coolmeen – 9am, Saturday
  • Kildysart- 10.30am, Saturday
  • Lissycasey- 11am,  Saturday
  • Kilmurry McMahon – 11am, Saturday

The feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates our belief that Mary was conceived without original sin so that she could become the mother of Christ, our saviour. This blessing gave Our Lady the grace she needed to enable her to say ‘yes’ to the invitation conveyed to her by the Angel Gabriel that she would give birth to Christ, the Son of God and son of Mary.

Today’s feast reminds us that the Lord always gives us the help and grace that we need in our lives so that we may overcome the challenges we face in life and embrace the opportunities.

Baptisms in 2018

We welcome Ella Dolores Pio Doohan, into Christian family. Ella was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 24 November 2018. We congratulate her parents Diane and Kieran, Dún Gleanne, her sisters Abi and Sophie and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Holly Moylan into our family of faith. Holly who was baptised on Sunday, 7 October 2018 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. 

We congratulate her parents Amanda and Damian and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Domhnall Jack Kearney into the Christian family and congratulate his parents Gráinne & Stephen and sister Orlaith, Ballylean East.

Domhnall was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 29 September, 2018.

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We welcome Rían Joseph Casey into the Christian family and congratulate his parents Aisling and Niall, Kings Road. 

Rían was baptised on Saturday, 15 September 2018 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. 

May the Lord always bless and protect the family.

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We welcome Clodagh Carmel Aylward into the Christian family.  Keela was baptised on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

We congratulate her parents Sharon and Wayne and sister Keela, Ennis Road and pray that the Lord will always bless their family.

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We welcome Jorg Ivar Heinrich into the community of faith and congratulate his parents Juraj and Linda, Ballylean. 

Jorg was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 18 August, 2018.

May the Lord continue to bless the family and their home.

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We welcome Amelia Kate Elizabeth Clancy into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Edel and Brian, Derrylea.
Amelia was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 2 June, 2018.

May the Lord continue to bless the family and thier home.

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We welcome Amy Kate O’Sullivan into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Dermot and Mary, Rosshill.
Amy was baptised on 2 June, 2018 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. May the Lord continue to bless the family snd their home.

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We welcome Elsie Rose Garry into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Yvonne and Michael, Cappanavarnogue. Elsie was baptised on Saturday, 5 May 2018 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

May the Lord continue to bless the family and their home.

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We welcome Arthur Daniel Field into the Christian family. Arthur was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday 28 April, 2018.
We congratulate his parents Zoe and Mark, Slievedooley, Labasheeda and Perth, Australia and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Darren Francis Bohannon into the Christian family. Darren was baptised on Easter Sunday (1 April) 2018 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart. We congratulate his parents Yvonne and Alan, Main Street, his sister Chloe and pray God’s blessing on the family.

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We welcome Éadaoin Joyce McNelis into the Christian family and congratulate her parents Nichola and Shane and her brother Odhrán, Quay Road. Éadaoin was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday 18 March, 2018. May the Lord always bless and protect all the family.

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We welcome Dermot Valentine McMahon into the Christian family and congratulate his parents Grainne and Gerard, Ballylean. Dermot was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 3 February 2018.

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We welcome Evan Patrick Cullinan into the Christian family and congratulate his parents Deirdre and Christopher, Screach Gael, Kilrush Road. Evan was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 20 January, 2018.

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For baptisms in 2017 and previous years please click here

Rest in Peace 2018

We pray for Mickey Conway, Swatragh, Co Derry who died on November 29, 2018. May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Bernie and Family Michael, Kevin, Robert, Darren, Caroline, his  niece Nuala Kelly (Kildysart) and all who loved him.

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Joanie Denge, née Ginnane, RIP

We pray for Joan Denge (née Ginnane) who died on 25 November, 2018.

May the Lord grant her mercy & console her husband Eric, her children Alleyah & Isha, her parents Jimmy & Margaret, her sister Bernie, her brothers John & Jim and all who loved her.

Joan will repose at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.

Burial will take place in Kildysart cemetery on Friday at 2pm.

A months mind Mass will be offered for Joan in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 23 December at 10.30am. 

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We pray for Sr. Perpetua Corry (Mount Sackville Convent, Chapelizod and Glencannane, Kildysart), who died on on November 24, 2018.

Sr Perpetua was predeceased by her parents John and Annie.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her especially her loving Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in Mount Sackville, her loving sisters Fanny, Mary, Sister Catherine SMR and Sue, brother in law, Paddy O’Donnell, niece, nephews, family and friends.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in Mount Sackville Chapel at 11.30am on Tuesday, (November 27), followed by burial in Convent Cemetery.

May she rest in peace.

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We pray for Martin Connelly, Kildysart who died recently in London.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console all who loved him.

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We pray for Kathleen Power (née McMahon) late of Raheen, Limerick and Canon Island, Kildysart who died on 9 November, 2018 in her 90th year.

Kathleen was the beloved wife of the late Tom and dearest mother of Collette, Michael, Aidan & Thomas. She is deeply regretted by her family, her grandchildren Fionnuala and Peadar, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Kathleen will repose at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate on Monday (Nov. 12th) from 5.30pm with removal at 7pm to St. Nessan’s Church, Raheen. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Nessan’s Church on Tuesday (Nov. 13th) at 11.30am with  afterwards in Kilnamona Cemetery.

May she rest in peace.

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A months mind Mass for Bridie Green (née Miniter) will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 9 December at 10.30am.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her.

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The months mind Mass for Jan Stankiewicw will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 21 October at 10.30am.

We pray that the Lord will take Jan to himself and console his daughter Urazula, son in law Marek Brzozwski, Cahercon, his  grangchildren, his wife and family in Poland and all who formed his circle of love and care.

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We pray for George O’Brien, Rosshill who died recently in London. A months mind Mass will be offered for George in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday 16 September at 10.30 am.

May the Lord grant George eternal rest and console all whommourn him.

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We pray for Frank Conway, Station Road, Ennis and formerly of Shannon and Kildysart who died on 29 August, 2018.

May the Lord console his wife Mary, family, brother Des, sister Mary, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Franks will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Ennis on Thursday evening from 4:30pm with removal at 6pm to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis.

Frank’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday morning at 10am followed by interment in Kildysart Cemetery

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We pray for Teresa Butler (née O’Brien) – The Copper Jug, Lifford, Ennis & formerly of Rosshill House,

Teresa Butler, RIP

Kildysart who died  in Florida, U.S.A. on 18 August, 2018.

May the Lord console her husband Eamon, daughters Jackie, Sheena, Kathleen & Claire, son Patrick, son-in-law Frank, grandchildren Mathew, Sophie & Jamie, sisters Bridie Breheny & Ann Dudich, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and all who formed her circle of love and care.

Teresa will respose on Tuesday (27 August) at Daly’s Mortuary Chapel, Francis St., Ennis from 5:30 o’clock with removal to St. Joseph’s Church at 7:30 o’clock. Her funeral Mass on will be celebrated on  Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart Cemetery.

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We pray for Kitty O’Sullivan, Lissycasey who died on 15 May, 2018 in her 92nd year.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her family Martin, Michael, Sean, Bridget, Kathleen, Teresa (Kildysart), Patricia, Noreen and Rita and all who formed her circle of love and care.

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We pray for Anna Connelly, Limerick and Kildysart who died on 2 May, 2018. We pray that the Lord may take Anna to himself and console her brother Martin, her sisters-in-law, family & friends.

Anna will repose at Christ the King Church, Caherdavin, Limerick on Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm. Her funeral  Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10am followed by burial in Kildysart Cemetery.

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We pray for Christopher Griffin late of Crovraghan, Kildysart and Bristol, England.

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We pray for Sarah Brennan (née Casey) late of Kings Road who died recently in Arizona, U.S.A.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her.

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We pray for Betty Murphy (née O’Connell) late of Cahercon & England.
Betty will repose in Kildysart Church on Thursday (3 May) from 5.30pm to 7pm

Betty’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May the Lord grand Betty eternal rest and console her daughters Geraldine and Carol, sons Brendan and Michael, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friendser family & all who mourn her.

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We pray for Patricia O’Brien, née O’Sullivan, Rosshill, Kildysart who died on 23 April, 2018.   May the Lord grant Patricia eternal life and console her son Gerard, brothers Paddy and John, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Patricia will repose at St. Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Wednesday from 6pm until 8pm. Her funersl Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am  followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

Patricia’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 1 June ar 8pm

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We pray for Margaret Kelly (née Clancy), Ballymacrinan, Killimer, mother of Johnny Kelly, Ballylean East who died on 8 March, 2018 and whose month’s mind Mass will be celebrated  in St  Imy’s Church, Killimer on Sunday, 8 April at 11am.

May the Lord take Margaret to Himself and console her children, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law and all who formed part of her circle of love and care.

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We pray for Fiona Bergen (née Galvin) who died recently in England.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her.

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We pray for Susan Butler ( née Connelly) Kildysart, who died on 24th February, 2018 and whose funeral took place in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her

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We pray for Joe Slattery, late of Devizes, England and of Kildysart who died recently. Joe’s funeral will be celebrated on Thursday (1 March, 2018) and he will be laid to rest in Devizes, England.

May the Lord welcome him into the home he has prepared for him in eternity and console all who mourn him.

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We pray for Mary Griffin née Coughlan, Ruan who died on 19 February. May the Lord grant Mary eternal rest and console her  husband Kevin, sons Pat, Kevin and Gerard, daughters Helena, Orla and Mairead, sister Nancy Griffin (Crovraghan) and all who formed her circle of love and care.

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We pray for Eileen Sullivan who died recently in New York. Eileen’s ancestors came from Tonlegee and Ballylean and she lived in Kildysart for five years.

May the Lord grant Eileen eternal rest and console all who mourn her passing.

A months mind Mass will be offered for Eileen in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 26 January at 8pm.

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We pray for Seán O’Sullivan, Garryspillane House, Knocklong, Co. Limerick who died on 3 January 2018.  May the  Lord may welcome Seán into his true home in heaven and console his daughter Niamh O’Connor, (Kildysart) and all who mourn him.

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For death in 2017 and previous years please click here 

Pope John Paul II Awards

We congratulate Linda Murrihy, Kevin Meaney, Caitriona Donnellan, Rachel Murphy and Hannah Mickael who have been awarded Gold level Pope John Paul II awards.

The awards were presented on Thursday, 8 November 2018

These awards are a faith achievement, inclusive and non-competitive for young people between the ages of 16 and 18.

November- Month of the Holy Souls.

Friday, 2 November is the feast of All Souls, when we remember our beloved dead.

Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on that morning at 9.30am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart that evening at 7pm.

On Sunday, 4 November we will have a moment of prayer in the cemeteries in Kildysart and Coolmeen-Cranny parishes at the following times:

  • Kildysart cemetery: 11.30am;
    Kilfiddane cemetery: 12.15p;
    Cranny ceemetery: 12.45pm.

Mass for deceased parishioners and relatives  of parishioners will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart  on Sunday 18 November at 10.30am. If you would like to have a deceased relative or friend included you are welcome to contact our pastoral area office, Main Street, Kildysart (065 6832838 radharcpastoralarea@gmail.com).

Prayer by Cardinal Newman

May He support us all the day long,

till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed,

and the fever of life is over,

and our work is done.Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging,

and a holy rest and peace at the las

Feast of All Saints – Thursday 1 November 2018

Thursday , 1 November is the feast of All Saints when we remember and celebrate all those who have gone before us in faith and are now with Our Lady and the Saints in paradise.

It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Wednesday at 7pm and Mass for the feast will also be celebrated on Thursday in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 7pm.

Sacrament of Marriage – 2018

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We congratulate Lisa O Donoghue, Gortnahaha and Jonathan Hickey, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 27 October 2018.

May the Lord bless them as they live out in love the promises they made today.

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We congratulate Antoinette Kelly & Imre (Jimi) Szalai who celebrated the sacrament of marriage on 22 September, 2018 in St Peter & Paul Church, Obuda, Budapest. 

May the Lord always be close to them as they live out in love the promises they have made to each other.

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We congratulate Fergal Casey, Gortnahaha, Kildysart and Amanda Lynch, Kilconly, Co Galway who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Conleth’s Church, Kilconly on Friday, 24 August 2018.

May the Lord always bless their family and their home.

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We congratulate Olivia Griffin, Crovaghan and John Dunlea, Mallow who celebrated the sacrament of marriage at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 25 May, 2018.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Eimer Heekin and John Campbell who celebrated the sacrament of marriage at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 21 April, 2018.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

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We congratulate Olive Garry and Keith Ranalow who celebrated the sacrament of marriage at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Doolin on 7 April, 2018.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.

For marriages n 2017 and previous years please click here 

Parish Finance Council

financial statement with calculator and penThe next meeting of our parish finance council will take place in the Parochial House on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 8.30pm.

The members of our parish finance council are

Gerard Kelly

Noel McMahon (Chairman)

Maureen McMahon

Dan O’Connor

Brendan McMahon

Mary Keane (Secretary)

Fr Albert McDonnell.

Parish Preparation for First Holy Communion

We pray for the children in our parish who are preparing to receive the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time during our parish Mass on Sunday. 26 May, 2019.

Our preparation for the sacrament is a three way partnership between home, parish and school. We greatly appreciate the contribution of our teachers and we thank the parents who organise the liturgies and pray God’s blessing on all the children, their families and all who form heir circle of love and care.  

On the Sundays listed below, our parish celebration of Mass will focus on our children who are preparing to receive the sacrament and their families. The list of dates, including your child’s first celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation (confession), is as follows:

  • Enrolment Mass                      Sunday 28 October 2018 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 9 December 2018 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 20 January 2019 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 17 February 2019 at 10.30am;
  • Preparation Mass                     Sunday 24 March 2019 at 10.30am;
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation    Wednesday 10 April 2019  at 7.00pm;
  • First Holy Communion             Sunday 26 May 2019 at 10.30am.

Mass Schedule in Radharc na nOileán Cluster of Parishes

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Mass Schedule in Radharc na nOileán

From the weekend of 3-4 November, 2018 onwards the following schedule for the celebration of weekend Masses will apply in our cluster of parishes.

  • St Kieran’s Church, Labasheeda – Saturday (vigil Mass) 6pm
  • St Mary’s Church, Cranny – Saturday (Vigil Mass)      7pm 
  • Christ the King, Ballycorick – Saturday (Vigil Mass) 7pm
  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen –  Sunday  9am
  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart –  Sunday  10.30am
  • St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry McMahon – Sunday 11am
  • Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey – Sunday 11am (from Sunday, 28 October)

 

Centenary of the Missionary Society of St Columban – 14 October, 2018

 

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1LyxBQgmBWWJN 

The Missionary Society of St Columban was founded a centaury ago to bring the Good News of the Gospel to China.

On Sunday, 14 October 2018 a celebration of the centenary took place in Kildysart. The events included the celebration of Mass by Bishop Fintan Monahan, the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Bishop Cleary and the other Columbans from our area and an exhibition on the history of the Society.

The liturgy was live screened https://www.pscp.tv/KildysartParish/1LyxBQgmBWWJN

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The liturgy in Kildysart was a wonderful expression of our our community, united with Bishop Fintan, Columban Sisters and Priests together with friends of the Columban family. A choir from all four parishes, led by Julianne Woods came together for the occasion. The liturgy included a wonderful presentation of symbols representing the tradition and current day reality of the  Columban missionary movement. After Mass, the large congregation enjoyed refreshments in our community centre and viewed an impressive display of photographs from the Columban archive and art work prepared by the children in the primary schools in our pastoral area. 

 

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The founders of the Society included a priest of the diocese of Killaloe, Patrick Cleary from Cahercon together with other young priests, especially Fr Edward Galvin and Fr John Blowick.

The society established their seminary in Cahercon before moving to Galway and later to Dalgan near Navan, Co Meath. The first issue of The Far East Magazine, the society’s magazine, was published in 1918. The Columbans went on to establish houses in the United States (Nebraska) in 1918 and Australia in 1920.

The Missionary Sisters of St Columban were founded in Kildysart in February 1922 and the first sisters left Kildysart to minister in China during September 1926.

The first Columban Priest missionaries had arrived in China in 1920. The political turmoil in China at that time, with open hostility between the warlords and the Nationalist Party of Sun Yat-Sen, as well as the growing strength of the Communist Party, made life difficult for those early missionaries.

Anti-foreign sentiments swept the country and priests and nuns were often abused and insulted when they appeared in public. Over the following years, China suffered many tragedies which the Columbans shared. Floods, famine, epidemics of cholera, typhoid and malaria, as well, war and persecution but this did not stop the work of the Columbans.

Bishop Patrick Cleary (1886-1970)

Patrick Cleary was a ong the Columban missionaries in China. He was born in Kildysart  in 1886 and died at St Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan on 23 October 1970. Having completed his secondary studies at St Flannan’s College, Ennis he went to St Patrick’s College Maynooth to study for the priesthood for the diocese of Killaloe. He was ordained a priest at Maynooth during June 1911 and obtained his Doctorate in Divinity there in 1914. From 1914 – 1918 he was a member of the teaching staff at Maynooth. He resigned his chair at Maynooth in 1918 and joined the Maynooth Mission to China (later the Society of St Columban).

Patrick Cleary was appointed to the teaching staff at St Columban’s College, Dalgan in 1918 and become rector (1919-1930). In 1931 he went to China to replace Cornelius Tierney, the Columban Superior in Nancheng, who had died while a prisoner of communist guerrillas. Appointed Prefect Apostolic in 1933 and Bishop in 1939, his main interest continued to be seminarians. In his seminary for Chinese students he taught Philosophy, Theology, Scripture, Canon Law and English. After the Communist takeover in 1949 his priests and sisters were expelled from China. Bishop Cleary was expelled in 1952. His remaining years spend quietly ar Dalgan where he is buried.

The Columbans continued in their efforts for the Chinese people through the Japanese invasion, World War II and civil war. Fr Edward Galvin, then a Bishop, was dubbed the most bombed Bishop in the world. It was however, the rule of the Communist Party, which came to power in 1949, that spelled the end of the work of the Columbans in China. After a brief period of bitter persecution all missionaries were expelled.

Bishop Cleary confirming assisted by Thomas Yu (altar server in the centre). Thomas later became parish priest of Nanfeng. He is still alive and the current priest there is his grand nephew – a tradition of faith from Kildysart to China today.

In the 1990s the Columbans returned to China and today, the worldwide leadership of the Missionary Society of St Columban is based in Hong Kong after the Superior General of the Columban Fathers and his Council transferred the Society’s headquarters from its traditional home in Ireland to China on May 1, 2008, becoming what is believed to be the first Western missionary congregation to locate its leadership team in Asia.

Pastoral Council Meeting

Image result for pastoral councilThe next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Wednesday, 28 November,  2018 at 8.30pm.

If any member of the parish would like to place an item on the agenda they are welcome to contact the chairperson or any member of the council.

The members of Kildysart Pastoral Council are:

Fintan Ginnane (Chairperson);

Frankie O’Shea (Vice Chairperson);

Mairead Kelly (Secretary);

Nancy Griffin;

Maureen McMahon;

Ger Kelly;

Niamh O’Connor;

Pat Custy;

Seamus McQuade;

Carmel Casey;

and Fr Albert McDonnell.

Kildysart Show Results 2018

We congratulate the Kildysart Show Committee on the success of their 79th annual show which took place on 4 August, 2018. The full list of winners mauy be found here Kildysart Show Results 2018

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