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Welcome and thank you for visiting the homepage of the parish of Coolmeen-Cranny, Co Clare part of the Diocese of Killaloe. Our site is intended to be a source of information about our parish and community for locals and visitors alike. We hope that you may find these pages informative and supportive. We welcome your suggestions.

Holy Week and Easter 2020

The Holy Week and Easter Liturgies will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at the following times:

Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8pm;
Good Friday –     The Passion of the Lord, 3pm;
Holy Saturday –  Easter Vigil, 9pm;
Easter Sunday –  Mass of the Resurrection, 11am.

All liturgies will be live-streamed on the Kildysart Parish Facebook page. Unfortunately the signal in Coolmeen and Cranny does not allow us to live-stream from those Churches.

Copies of the booklet containing the Holy Week liturgies are available in the Post Offices and shops in our pastoral area. We thank the shop owners for their help in this regard.

May the Lord be close to us as we relive in our homes his victory over sin and death.


Rest in Peace 2020

vWe pray for Father Joseph Haugh, Doonbeg & Daughnieve, Coolmeen who died on 4 April 2020 aged 88 years

Fr Joe is predeceased by his brothers Senan & Richard and deeply regretted by his brothers John (Castlebar), Fr Gerard (England), Tom (Coolmeen)his sisters Carmel Moloney (Kildysart) Sr Anne (England), family, parishioners & friends.

Fr Joe was a priest of Killaloe Diocese for 63 years.  He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained in Nenagh on June 16th 1957.

His first appointment was on temporary Mission to the Diocese of Brentwood in England and on his return in 1963 he was appointed curate in Kilmaley, Co. Clare.  He moved to Corofin, Co. Clare as curate in July 1978. He was appointed Parish Priest of Cross in July 1989 and in July 1995 he became Parish Priest of Doonbeg. He retired as Parish Priest in July 2008. He was appointed A.P and continued to minister in Doonbeg until 2019.

Faoi bhrat na Maighdine Muire go raibh sé ar feadh na síoraíochta.  

To allow people to pay their respects, the funeral will travel through Doonbeg parish tomorrow, Sunday 5th April, and people invited to stand outside their own houses (ensuring social distancing) as it passes. The approximate times are: Bealaha at 1.20pm, Doonbeg at 1.30pm and Clohanes at 1.40pm.

Fr Joe’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 12noon and will be streamed live on the Doonbeg Parish Facebook page. Due to the public health emergency attendance at the Funeral Mass will be limited to family.




Fr Haugh’s Funeral Mass

A link to Bishop Monahan’s homily at Fr Joe’s funeral Mass may be found here.




Fr Haugh’s burial


Johnny Cleary, RIP

We pray for Johnny Cleary, Ballinasheena who died on 31 March, 2020.


May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Pauline, his family Marie (Cranny), Caroline (Kildysart), Yvonne, Fidelma, Edel and John Paul, sons in law Donie, Ian, Ted, Martin, Kieran, daughter-in-law Cloidhna, his brother Tadhg, sister in law Mary, brother in law Pat, 15 grandchildren and all who loved him




We pray for Mary Sutton (née Halpin), Clondrina Cranny Co. Clare and formerly of Skerries Co. Dublin who died on 17 March, 2020.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her husband Ken, daughters Roisin, Ferdia and Laoise, her four grandchildren, brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, extended family and large circle of friends and all who loved her.


We pray for Maeve Murphy (née Ryan) of Knockalough, Kilmihil and Derrynalicka, Kilmurry McMahon who died on 8 March, 2020.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her husband PJ, son Adrian, daughters Rosita, Coriena and Miranda, her grandchildren, brothers Des, Seán, Michael and Fr Oliver and all who loved her.


Senan Mann, RIP

We pray for Senan Mann, Erribul who died on 14 February, 2020.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console all who loved him

Senan will repose at St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 6.30pm to 8pm on Saturday.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sunday at 12.30pm followed by burial in Coolmeen.

Senan’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday 22 March at 9.30am.



We pray for Michael Grogan, 88, late of Birrinfadda who died on 22 January 22, 2020 in New York.

Michael was predeceased by his siblings, Patrick, Thomas, May, and John.
May the Lord grant Michael eternal rest and console his wife, Sarah,  children, Sarah (John) Pallas, and Thomas, David (Katie), and Daniel Grogan, his grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, Noah, Evelyn, Liam, and Claire, his sister, Gertie Casey, his nieces and nephews and all who loved him
A months mind Mass will be offered for Michael on Saturday, 22 February at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Cranny.



Margaret Meaney, RIP

We pray for Margaret Meaney, née Finucane, Newbridge who died on 14 January, 2020.

Predeceased by her husband Joe and daughter Margaret.

May the Lord grant her eternal life and console her family Mary, Claire, John and Joseph, son in law Eugene, daughter in law Bríd, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Margaret will repose at St. Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen (V15 DD71) on Thursday 16th January from 5pm to 8pm. Margaret’s funeral  Mass will be celebrated on Friday  at 12noon followed by burial in Kilmurry McMahon  Cemetery.

Margaret’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 16 February at 9.30am.


Fran Harding, RIP

We pray for Fran Harding, Coolin, and formerly of Arrabeg, Carrig, Co. Tipperary who died on 12 January, 2020.

Predeceased by his son Shay.

May the Lord grant Fran eternal life and console his wife Sarah-Jane, parents Willie & Bridget, his brothers Alan, Declan, Brendan & Colm, sister Eileen, sisters-in-law Jan, Cathy, Connie, Fiona & Siobhain, brothers-in-law Michael, John, Darren, Tim & Keith, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.

Fran will repose on Wednesday at St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Fran’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Drumcliffe Cemetery, Ennis.

Fran’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Friday, 14 February at 7pm.


We pray  for Mary Hanrahan (née O’Brien) Erribul & Ballymahon Co. Longford who died on 9 January,  2020 in her 94th year.

May the Lord grant Mary eternal rest and console all who loved her.

Mary will repose at Mullingar Hospital Mortuary Chapel on Saturday from 3pm with removal at 5pm to Ballymahon Church.

Mary’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am on Sunday in St Matthew’s Church, Ballymahon followed by burial in Kilfidane cemetery, Coolmeen.

Mary’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 9 February at 9.30am.


For bereavements in 2019 and previous years please click here

Sunday Mass

While the present public health emergency continues we plan to live stream Mass each Sunday at 11am from St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on the Kildysart parish facebook page.

Unfortunately, the signal at Cranny or Coolmeen  is not sufficiently strong to allow us life stream Mass from those Churches.



COVID -19 message from Munster Bishops

Bishop Monahan issued the following updated directives on 28 March, 2020. Details here

Sadly, we are required to keep our Churches closed until further notice.


COVID – 19 Message from Bishop Monahan



COVID -19. Staying Safe

COVID-19: To help counter the spread of infection, we are asked to:

  • suspend shaking hands at Mass as a sign of peace;
  • suspend the distribution of the chalice;
  • receive Holy Communion only on the hand;
  • suspend the use of holy water fonts;
  • request eucharistic ministers to use hand cleanser before and after distributing Holy Communion;
  • suspend the circulation of the collection basket. You may place your envelope/donation in the basket/box at the entrance to the Church;
  • use all the space in the Church so as to ensure (in so far as possible) a distance of one meter between people, other than family members;
  • use the hand sanitiser placed at the Church doors.

If anyone would like to have holy water blessed for use in their own home, the priest celebrating Mass is happy to do so after Mass.



Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council: The members of our pastoral council are

Catherine Corry,

Mary Greene,

Anne Marie Hanrahan,

Margaret Haugh,

Susan King,

Bríd Meaney,

Sheila Meaney (Joint Chairperson),

Patsy Normoyle (Joint Chairperson),

John O’Connell,

Mary O’Connell,

Mary O’Dea,

and Marie Quinlivan.

The next meeting of our  pastoral council is scheduled for Thursday, 26 March 2020 at 8.30pm in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.

If any member of the parish would like to have an issue discussed by the pastoral council they are welcome to contact any member of the council.

Ash Wednesday – 26 Feb 2020

Ash Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (26 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 fas 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”.

Parish Finance Council

financial statement with calculator and penThe following are the members of our parish finance council:

Antoinette Quinlivan, Chairperson;
Susan King, Secretary;

Des Murphy;
Catherine Corry;
Fr Albert McDonnell.

The next meeting our parish finance council is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 May 2020 at 8pm to take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.



Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will be celebrated on Tuesday, 11 February. It is the world day of prayer for the sick.

Mass included the sacrament of anointing will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Tuesday at 7pm.

Any person who is advanced in years or suffering from an illness may receive the sacrament of the sick.

In administering the sacrament  the priest anoints the person on the head saying ‘Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit’, and on the palms of the hands as saying ‘May the Lord who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.”

Pope Francis’ message centred on the theme of ‘“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28) may be found here.