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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

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

Kildysart Parish Accounts 2017

Kildysart Parish Accounts: The 2017 parish accounts are available on our parish website or on our Church notice board. If any parishioner has a query you are very welcome to contact Fr Albert McDonnell.

We wish to thank you for your generous support of our parish. We are especially grateful to our parishioners who use the weekly envelope which allows the parish to avail of the tax refund scheme. We received €10,274 from the tax refund in 2017 (without any cost to our parishioners).

We wish to thank our parish pastoral council and finance council for their work in caring for our parish finances. You will find details of our 2017 accounts on the following link Kildysart Parish Accounts 2017


Pastoral Council Meeting

Image result for pastoral councilThe next meeting of Kildysart Parish Pastoral Council will take place in the Community Centre, Kildysart on Thursday, 31 May 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.


Invitation to Choose Life – Pastoral Letter by Bishop Fintan Monahan

Baptisms in 2018

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


For baptisms in 2017 and previous years please click here

Rest in Peace 2018

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

  • 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


For death in 2017 and previous years please click here 

Praying the Rosary during May

Marian Shrine, Kildysart

During the month of May, we pray the rosary each Wednesday at 8pm at Our Lady’s Shrine on the Ennis Road. All are 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 – 2018

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.


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 Thursday, 3 May 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.

Holy Week and Easter 2018

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2018

The feast of our national patron, St Patrick will be celebrated on Saturday, 17 March. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Masses will be celebrated on Friday in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 7pm and in the Church of Christ the King, Ballycorick at 8pm On the morning of the feast, Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.ooam, and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 1o.30am and in the Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Lissycasey at 11am.

Christ with me, Christ before me,go 

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)

Lá shona Féile Pádraig do gach duine.

The Story of St. Patrick
There are various accounts  of the life of St Patrick. It is. Elived that he may have been  born around near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.
As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote “The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”
Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family. He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.” He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.
Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering, he died at Saul, Downpatrick, where he had built the first church on 17th March, 461.

Confirmation 2018

We congratulate the young people from our parish who today received the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. We thank Bishop Fintan for leading the liturgy & Ms O’Driscoll for working with the families and parish to help the young people prepare for this important day.

May the Holy Spirit always guide and protect us.

Ash Wednesday – 14 February 2018

Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (14 February ) 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 to 1 July, 2018