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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

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.

Sacrament of Marriage- 2017

Liam Griffin Crovraghan and Suzanne Kelly Dublin lighting their candles on their wedding day at Our Lady of Graces Catholic Church Larnaca Cyprus on 20 April 2017

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

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

Rest in Peace 2017

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

Pray for Flan Sheehan, Tonlegee who died on 17 April, 2017.

Flan will repose from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday at Christ the King Church, Ballynacally. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on  Thursday at 12 noon with burial afterwards to Kilchrist cemetery.

May the Lord take Flan to Himself and console his wife, Mary, his daughters Claire, Martina and Noreen, sons Gérard, Paul, David, Flan, Kieran and all who formed part of his circle of love and care.


Pray  for Martin O’Shea, Lioscormack and Kilrushwho died on 8 April 2017.

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

Martin’s month mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 8pm om Thursday 18 May.


Please pray for Micheal McNamara, Crovraghan who died on 7 April. 2017.

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

May the Lord grant Michael eternal rest and console his daughters Ellen and Bridget, his sisters Bridie, Anne, Kathleen & Nora, brothers Joe & John, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and all who formed his circle of love and care.

Michael’s month mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Thursday. 5 May at 11am.


Please pray for Marian Clancy (née Haugh) 50 Considine Road, Ennis who died on 1 April, 2017.

Marian will repose at St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 6pm to 8pm, concluding with prayers for the dead on Tuesday. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May the Lord grant Marian eternal rest and console her husband Tony, her daughters Sonya and Jacinta and all who formed part of her circle of love and care.

Marlo’s momths mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Monday, 1 May at 8pm.


We pray for Christopher Murtagh late of Crovaghan who died in London on 25 March 2017.

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


We pray for PJ Eustsce, Shanahea who died on 25 March, 2017.

PJ will repose in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart from 6pm to 8pm on Monday. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May the Lord grant PJ eternal rest and console his brother Tommy (Kildysart), sisters Maureen Corbett (Lisheen), Nora O’Rourke (London), Lizzy Cooney (Stoke on Trent, England), sister in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and all who mourn him.

P.J.’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 30 April at 11am.


We pray for Sr Dympna Clancy (Salesian Sisters, Westbury, Corbally, Limerick, formerly of Glencanane, Kildysart, Co. Clare) who died on 28 February 2017, peacefully at Milford Care Centre.

May the Lord grant Sr Dympna eternal rest and console her Salesian sisters, brothers Louis, Paul, Jim and Tommy, sisters Mary and Helen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and all who formed part o her circle of love and care.

St Dympna will repose at St Nicholas’ Church, Westbury on Thursday evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Her Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11.30am with burial afterwards in Castlemungret Cemetery.


We pray for Joe Murtagh, formerly of Lacknashannagh who died recently in Northampton, England.

His funeral will be celebrated in Northampton on 8 February, 2017.

May he rest in peace.


We pray for Anna Teresa Morris who died recently in England. Anna was a native of Kildysart and we offer our sympathy to her brother Michael.

A month’s mind Mass will be offered for Anna in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Wednesday 25 January at 11am.

May she rest in peace.


You are asked to remember in your prayer Frances Arthur (née Cleary) formerly of Clonola who died on 9 January, 2017 in Ennis. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console all who mourn her.


You are asked to remember in your prayers Margaret Joel (nee Walsh) formerly of Gurtnacurra who died recently in Surrey, England. May she rest in peace and console all who mourn her.


For deaths in 2016 and previous years please click here



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

Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Wednesday 3 May 2017 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.


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

Ash Wednesday- 1 March 2017

img_0885Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (1 March) is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent.

It is a day of fast and abstinence. Mass including the blessing and distribution of ashes will be celebrated in St Mary’ Church, Cranny on Wednesday at 9.30am and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 8pm.

Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he was tempted by Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday is a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from the palm branches blessed on the previous year’s Palm Sunday, and placing them on the foreheads of Christians to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”.

Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 26 June – 1 July 2017

img_0876Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Bishop Fintan Monahan will lead his first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 26 June. The 61st Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will leave Shannon on Monday 26 June, returning on Saturday 1 July. The cost this year is €692 per person sharing and there will be a €10 discount for online booking at http://www.joewalshtours.ie

Booking forms can be obtained from: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: (01) 2410810

A limited number of sick pilgrims will be accommodated in the Sanctuary of Lourdes at a cost of €595. Applications for sick pilgrims only to Fr Tom Ryan, Pilgrimage Director, SS John & Paul Presbytery, Shannon, Co. Clare. Telephone: (061) 364133

Families or individuals often sponsor a family member, parents, or a friend on the occasion of an anniversary or Jubilee with a visit to Lourdes. Sponsorship for sick people is always welcome. For more details, see poster in Church porch and on the Killaloe Diocese website http://www.killaloediocese.ie

World Day of Prayer for the Sick 2017

GrottoThe  Feast of our Lady of Lourdes ( 11 February) was chosen as the annual day of prayer for and with the sick by Pope John Paul II in 1992.
We will celebrate the feast day with Mass and the anointing of the sick in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 10 February at 8.00pm.
All members of our parish are welcome to attend the Mass and anybody suffering from an illness or old age is welcome to receive the sacrament of the sick.

You may access Pope Francis’ message for 2017 Day of Prayer for the Sick which is centred on the theme of ‘The Lord has done great things for me …’ (Luke 1:49) here

Kildysart Parish Financial Report 2016

Finance imageThe financial report for our parish for the years ending 31 December 2016 may be viewed by clicking on kildysart-parish-accounts-2016

The parish finance council wishes to thank all the members of our parish for your generous support of the work of our parish during 2016. The finance council would also like to encourage as many parishioners as possible to use the parish collection envelopes and support the tax refund scheme.

We wish to thanks our fiance council for their careful oversight of our finances.


The following is a summary of our 2016 accounts:

  • Current account opening balance:      €25,630.02
  • Expenses in 2016:                                   €31,863.22
  • Income in 2016:                                      €45,247.72
  • Current account closing balance:        €38,158.92.