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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

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.

Baptisms in 2018

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

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.

Sacrament of Marriage – 2018

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 

Rest in Peace 2018

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

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 

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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Secretary for Pastoral Area

Pilgrimage to Canon Island – Sunday, 29 July 2018

Canons’ Island in the Shannon estuary is  the largest in a cluster of over twenty islands that occupy the expansive stretch of water formed by the confluence of the Shannon and Fergus estuaries. The island is the site of a medieval Monastery and a traditional pilgrim site for people on both sides of the estuary. The Canons Regular of St Augustine who lived in the Abbey provided pastoral care for the nearby parishes until its suppression during the rule of Henry VIII.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The island has continued to serve as a place of burial up to the present.

In 1990 the late Fr Michael Hillery, PP revived the tradition of going on pilgrimage to the Canons’ Island   A large number of pilgrims travel to the island each year for the annual Mass.

Mass will be celebrated in the ruins of the old Monastery on the island on Sunday, 29 July 2018. Boats will leave Crovraghan Pier at 5pm.          All are welcome.                                                                                                                                                                              We are indebted to the dedicated group who organise the pilgrimage each year and to the choir and to all who contribute to the success of the pilgrimage.

Irish law  reqires that life jackets be worn – a limited number will be available at the pier

Fr Michael O Grady – Diamond Jubilee of Ordination

On Sunday, 24 June 2018 Kildysart Parish celebrated the sixtieth  anniversary of Fr Michael O’Grady’s ordination to the priesthood. We we joined at our Sunday Mass by the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Choir from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

The choir was accompanied  by Fr Greg Schlarb and Fr Greg Menegay from the Diocese of Phoenix and were conducted by Donal Noonan. Fr Michael O Grady is a good friend of the choir and parish. After Mass refreshments were provided in our community centre.

Fintan Ginnane, the Chairman of our Pastoral Council presented Fr Michael with a painting by Elaine Gavin of his favourite view of Gortglass Lake.

Ad multos annos.

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Restructing of Diocese 2018

First Holy Communion – Feast of Corpus Christi – 3 June, 2018

We congratulate the children together with their parents, teachers and families, who received their First Holy Communion in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Corpus Christi, Sunday, 3 June 2018.

May the Lord always be in their hearts to guide and protect them.

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Summer Liturgical Celebrations 2018

Summer Liturgical Celebrations: 

During the summer months we have outdoor celebrations of Mass in the various cemeteries and holy wells in Kildysart and Coolmeen parishes.

The locations, dates and times are as follows.

  • Friday, 29 June at 8pm St Brecan’s Holy Well (Crovraghan)
  • Friday, 6 July at 8pm, Kildysart cemetery
  • Friday, 20 July at 8pm Kilfiddane cemetery
  • Friday, 27 July at 8pm, Cranny cemetery
  • Sunday, 29 July at 4pm – Pilgrimage to Canon Island
  • Wednesday, 15 August at 8pm, Lacknashannagh Holy Well
  • Friday, 17 August at 8pm, Cillin at Clondrina