Centenary of Altar – Holy Thursday 2014
The present carrara marble altar in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart was first erected during March 1914 in the Chapel of the Presentation Convent, Tuam, Co Galway. A plaque attached to the altar recalls that the first Mass was celebrated on the altar by Most Revd Dr Healy, Archbishop of Tuam on Holy Thursday (9 April) 1914. The altar features a depiction of the Agony in the Garden. In November 1991 Fr Michael Hillary, PP Kildysart on behalf of the parish, acquired this altar together with the matching tabernacle, ambo and chair. The total cost was £1,100 (€1,397). Michael Haugh and Michael Corry re-assembled and erected the altar and other items in the sanctuary of Kildysart Church during January 1992.
Previously, an altar of Caen stone was erected in St Michael’s Church and was consecrated by Bishop James Ryan in 1877. One the occasion of the consecration the sermon was preached by the distinguished Dominican Fr Slattery and the proceeds were used to defray the parish debt. This altar, in turn, was replaced during the renovation of the Church in 1973.