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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

Rest in Peace 2017

Patrick Michael Carroll and his wife Marina on their wedding day.

You are asked to remember in your prayer Patrick Michael Carroll late of Kildysart and England who died on 29 June, 2017.

Patrick’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on next Tuesday (18 July) at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

We pray that the Lord may welcome Patrick into eternity to be united with his wife Marina his daughter Linda and console his daughters Patricia, Jane and Susan, his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Pray for Michael McGrath, Ballina, Labasheeda who died on 27 June, 2017. May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console all who mourn him especially his parents John Thomas and Maureen (Kildysart), his sister Teresa, brother Tommy, his partner Elizabeth, his daughter Marcella all who formed his circle of love and care.


We remember Baby Gavin who is with the angels and saints in paradise. We pray that the love of the Lord and of their family and friends will console and support his parents Annette and Brian Keane, Shanahea and Ennis in their great loss.

A Mass of thanksgiving for Gavin, a month after his death, will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday 21 July at 8pm.


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Diocesan Appointments – 2017

The Bishop of Killaloe, Most Revd Fintan Monahan has made a series of appointments in the Diocese.

Appointments – Diocese of Killaloe – 2017

A Prayer Inspired by Archbishop Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the Church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

*This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw.


Sacrament of Marriage- 2017

We congratulate Edel Keane, Clonsnaughta and Kevin McMahon, Gurtnafrehane who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 7 July 2017.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


We congratulate Catherine Whelan, Newbridge, Co Kildare and Patrick Custy, Kilrush Road who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in Mgarr Parish Church on 4 June, 2017.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


We congratulate Sarah Mulconry, Cahercon and Paul Convery, Maghera, Co Derry who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 6 May, 2017.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


We congratulate Liam Griffin, Crovraghan and Suzanne Kelly, Dublin who celebrated their marriage  at Our Lady of Graces Catholic Church, Larnaca, Cyprus on 20 April 2017

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


For marriages in 2016 and previous years please click here

Pilgrimage to Canon Island – Sunday, 9 July 2017

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, 9 July 2016. Boats will leave Crovraghan Pier at 4.30pm.  Bishop Fintan Monahan will lead our pilgrimage and celebrate Mass on the island this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                      All are welcome.                                                                                                                                                  e are indebted to the dedicated group who organise the pilgrimage each year and to the choir and all who contribute to the liturgy.

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

First Holy Communion- 28 May, 2017

We congratulate the girls and boys in our parish who received Holy Communion for the first time during our Sunday Mass in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 28 May, 2017.

May the Lord always be their protector  and guide.

Cemetery Mass – Friday, 2 June at 8pm

We will celebrate Mass in Kildysart cemetery at 8pm on Friday, 2 June. This is an opportunity for us to pray for all who are buried there and for our deceased parishioners, relatives and friends.

We will also bless the new extension to the cemetery at the end of Mass. Our appreciation is due to the committee that purchased and developed the extension and all those in our community and beyond who have contributed to the project.

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 last.    Amen

John Henry Newsman (1801-1890)

Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Thursday, 1 June 2017 at 9pm.

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.


Praying the Rosary in May

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

During May, the month of Our Lady, the rosary is prayed each Wednesday evening at 8pm at the Marian Grotto on the Ennis Road. All welcome.


The Rosary helps us keep in mind certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five Joyful mysteries, the five Luminous mysteries,  the five Sorrowful mysteries, and the five Glorious mysteries. As suggested by the Pope John Paul, the Joyful mysteries are said on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday.

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation: Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
  2. The Visitation: Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
  3. The Nativity: Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
  4. The Presentation:Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.

The Mysteries of Light

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan: God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
  2. The Wedding Feast at Cana: At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom: Jesus calls all to conversion.
  4. The Transfiguration: Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist: Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden: Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar: Jesus is lashed with whips.
  3. The Crowning With Thorns: Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
  4. The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
  5. The Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection: God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
  2. The Ascension: Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
  3. The Coming of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life.
  4. The Assumption of Mary: At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
  5. The Coronation of Mary: Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Bishop Fintan Monahan – A Welcoming People of God

Bishop Fintan Monahan has written a pastoral letter to the people of the Diocese, entitled ‘Diocese of Killaloe – A welcoming People of God’.

In his letter Bishop Fintan reflects on the many positive aspects of the faith he has encountered since he came to the diocese and speaks about the future of our faith communities.

You may download the pastoral letter here Bishop Fintan Pastoral Letter April 2017

Holy Week and Easter in Kildysart 2017

Holy week and Easter in Kildysart 2017Kildysart window 3



  • Palm Sunday- Blessing of Palms in the Square, followed by procession to the Church and Mass, 11am
  • Liturgy of Reconciliation – St Michael’s Church, Kildysart Tuesday, 11 April, 8pm
  • Holy Thursday (13 April) – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8.30pm
  • Good Friday (14 April)- The Lord’s Passion, 5pm
  • Holy Saturday (15 April)- Blessing of the Pasqual fire followed by candle lit procession to the Church and the Easter Vigil, 9.30pm
  • Easter Sunday – Easter Mass of the Resurrection, 11am

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2017

The feast of our national patron, St Patrick will be celebrated on Friday, 17 March. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Mass will be celebrated on Thursday in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 7pm. On the morning of the feast, Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am, and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am.

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ in breadth, Christ in length,

Christ in height,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

(Prayer in the tradition of St Patrick)

Baptisms in 2017


We welcome Emma Mary Saoirse Flynn into the Christian family. Emma was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 11 March, 2017. We congratulate her parents Caitriona and Derek and her sister Katie and pray God’s blessing on the family.


We welcome Jack Ross Farrell into the Christian family. Jack was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 25 February, 2017. We congratulate his parents Caroline (Mulconry) and Kevin, Cahercon  and pray God’s blessing on the family.



For baptisms in 2016 and previous years please click here


The Sacrament of Confirmation – 10 March, 2017

We congratulate the girls and boys of our parish who received the Holy Spirit throught the Sacrament of Confirmation today. We thank Bishop Fintsn Monahan for being with us today, our school principal Ms Kathleen Ryan, our class teacher Ms Mary Moloney and all our teachers  for their dedication. We also thank our school choir, the parishioners who prepared the Church and all who took part in the liturgy.

We wish the children, their parents and families every blessing

World Meeting of Families, Dublin 21-26 August, 2018