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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

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, 26 June 2019 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.

Rest in Peace – 2019

Mary Moroney, RIP

We pray for Mary Moroney (née Sharry) Ennis who died on 16 June, 2019.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest & console her daughters Carmel & Claire, son in law Donal Doohan, grandson Joe, sister Kay, brother-in-law Gerry, nephews, nieces And all who loved her

Mary will repose  at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Ennis on  Tuesday from 6pm, removal at 7.30 pm to Clarecastle Church.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in Drumcliffe.



We pray for Jack (John) Ringrose of Corofin (former manager AIB Kildysart) who died  on 14 May 2019.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console by his wife Noreen, his children Kevin, Colm, Meadhbh, Brendan and Orlaith, sons-in-law Brian and Paddy, daughter-in-law Sherry, grandchildren Liadan, Finn, Dara, Aoife, Clara and Alex, brother and sisters, nephews, nieces, family, friends and neighbours

Jack will repose in St. Brigid’s Church, Corofin on Friday 17 May from 5.00 pm with prayers at 7.00 pm. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday  18 May at 10 am followed by burial in Laghtagoona Cemetery.


We pray for Pat McCarthy, Suffolk, England and formerly Ballylean, Kildysart who died recently.

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


Brendan Burke, RIP

We pray for Brendan Burke (formerly An Garda Siochana, Kildysart)Barefield who died on  April 10th 2019.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Bridie (née Comer) and family Aoife, Deirdre and Niall, grandchildren Kyle and Mia, son-in-law Paul, brothers Martin and Michael, sisters Mary and Veronica, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.


We pray for William Walsh, late of Gurtnacurra  who died recently in Middlesex, England.

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


Pray for Mary Bent, Lacknashannagh who died on 9 February 2019 in her ninety-ninth year.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her daughter Marian, son in law Andy, sister Eileen, her grandchildren Laura & Simon & all who loved her.

Mary will repose in Kildysart Church from  5pm to 7pm on Sunday. Her Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11am followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

Mary’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 10 March at 10.30am.


We pray for PJ Finn, Lacknashannagh who died on 8 January, 2019.

May the Lord grant PJ eternal rest and console his wife Jolie, his family Noelle, Robert and Tina, his brothers

PJ Finn, RIP

Gerry, Mikey and Tom, sister Mary (Madden), grandchildren Cian, Katie, Emma and Killian, son-in-law Derek, daughter-in-law Louise, aunts Kathleen and Eileen, beloved friend Pake, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and all who formed his circle of love and care.

PJ will Repose at St  Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Thursday evening from 5 o’clock with prayers for the dead  at 8 o’clock.

His funeral  Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 12 noon followed by interment in local cemetery.

PJ’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 8 February at 8pm.




For funerals in 2018 and previous years please click here

Baptisms in 2019

We welcome Carmel Maeve McMahon into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Grainne and

Carmel McMahon with her parents on her baptism day.

Gerard, Ballylean.

Carmel was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 8 June, 2019.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.







Isla Ranalow on her batsim day with her parents.

We welcome Isla Jean Ranalow into the family of faith and congratulate her parents Olive and Keith, Forthill.

Isla was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Saturday, 8 June 2019.

May the Lord always bless the family.






Robbie Gavin Keane with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Robbie Gavin Keane into the family of faith. Robbie was baptised in St Michael’s  Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 19 May 2019.

We congratulate Robbie ‘s parents Annette and Brian, Shanahea and pray God’s continued blessing on the family.





Killian Ethan Flynn With his parents and sister on his baptism day.


We welcome Killian Ethan Flynn into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Caitriona and Derek, Sligo and his sisters Katie and Emma

Killian was baptised on 13 April, 2019 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

May the Lord continue to bless the family.





We welcome Luke Joseph Bohannon into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Yvonne and Alan, Main Street..

Luke was baptised on Saturday, 30 March, 2019 in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.




Fischra Pádraig Mulconry with his parents and brothers on his baptism day.



We welcome Fiachra Pádraig Mulconry into our family of faith and congratulate his parents Monica and Robert and his brothers Oisin and Lorcan.

Fiachra was baptised in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 27 January 2019.

May the Lord always bless the family.


For baptisms in 2018 and previous years please click here.

First Holy Communion – 26 May 2019

We congratulate our First Holy Communion class together with their parents, teachers, families and all who love and care for them.

The children received the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday, 26 May, 2019 in St Michael’s  Church, Kildysart.

Weddings 2019

Trish and Keith on their wedding day.

We congratulate Trish McSweeney and Keith Manning who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on 18 May, 2019.

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



For weddings in 2018 and previous years please click here .

Confirmation 2019


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We congratulate the young people from our parish who received the Holy Spirit in Confirmation on Saturday, 10 May 2019. May the Spirit always dwell in their hearts, homes, parents and families.

We thank Bishop Fintan for leading the liturgy & Ms. Lynch for working with the families and parish to help the young people prepare for this important day.

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.

Apostolic Work Society Display : Ballynacally : 13-14 April2019

We look forward to the Apostolic Work Society display in Ballynacally Community Centre on next Saturday 7-9pm & Palm Sunday 11am- 5pm, 13 f14 April, 2019.

 The Apostolic Work Society supports the Church in mission countries by prayer, fund raising,  supplying vestments and other Church supplies, clothes for children etc.

Apostolic Work commenced in the diocese of Killaloe, with the first branch and headquarters established in Ennis in 1955 by Mrs Evelyn Farron. She learned of the organisation from her friend Mrs Ferrigan, from Armagh, who had come to live in Ennis with her family. Materials were sent from the Armagh centre to get the work underway.

Call in and view the wonderful work being done in support of the missions.

Holy Week and Easter in Radharc na nOileán

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 22 May, 2019 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.


Ash Wednesday – 6 March 2019

Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (6 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 25-30 June, 2019

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

During our Sunday Mass, on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord (13 January 2019), we invited families that had a baby baptised during the previous year to bring the baby for a blessing.

We also presented each child with an image of the Guardian Angel and a prayer.

We pray that the Lord will be close to the children and their families as they share many key moments in their lives.

Kildysart Parish in 2018



During 2018 the following celebrations took place in our parish church:


· Baptisms – 15;
· First Holy Communion – 16;
· Confirmation – 20;
· Marriages – 3;
· Funerals – 3.


We pray the Lord will always be present to us in the special and in the ordinary moments of our lives.