Rest in Peace 2021

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We pray for Teresa Crowe née Madigan, Clarecastle and Coolmeen who died on 26 November 2021.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her husband Tom, her family Paul, Máire, Brían and Tomás, grandchildren Darragh, Niamh, Mark, Liam, Émer, Robert, Fiachra, Cathal, Ailish, Caolán, Aoibhe, Saorla and Róise, son-in-law John, daughters-in-law Liz, Rose and Lorraine, sisters Marie and Dolores, brothers Anthony, Brother Pat and Oliver, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Teresa was pre-deceased by her brother J.T.

Teresa will repose at her residence on Sunday (28th Nov.) from 3.30 pm until 5.30 pm for family and close friends only. Arriving to Clarecastle Church on Monday morning for Funeral Mass at 11 am. Burial afterwards in Clarehill Cemetery.

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Geraldine Lucas, RIP

We pray for Geraldine Lucas (née Horan) Derryshane and formerly Tarbert, Co Kerry who died on 29 October, 2021.

May the Lord grant Geraldine eternal rest and console her husband Bernard (Bernie), daughters Agnes, Bernadette and Josie, sons Maurice and Martin, son-in-law Adrian, daughters-in-law Niamh and Catherine, grandchildren Oisín, Jake, Séadna and Nicole, sisters (her twin sister) Anne, Lisia and Eileen, brother-in-law Thomas, nieces, nephew, relatives, neighbours and all who loved her.

Gerardine’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Thursday 4 November at 11am followed by burial in Cranny cemetery.

Geraldine’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 12noon on Saturday 27 November, 2021.

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We pray for Mary O’Neill (née Kennedy) who died on 3 September, 2021 at her home in her 103rd year.

Mary was predeceased by her husband John.

Mary O’Neill, RIP

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her son Seán, her daughters Mary McMahon, Claire McMahon, Monica Earl, Patricia Kane, Eileen Farrell, her daughter- in-law Maeve, her sons in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers Brendan and Kevin (Galway) nieces, nephews, neighbours and all who knew and loved her.

In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines Mary’s funeral mass will be celebrated on Sunday 5th September at 12.30pm in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen followed by burial in Kilfidane cemetery.

Mary’s funeral Mass can be viewed on the Kilfidane parish website – kilfidaneparish.com

Mary’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday 2 October at 1pm.

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Mary Casey, RIP.

We pray for Mary Casey Cahercalla Estate, Ennis and formerly of Newbridge, Coolmeen who died on 7 August 2021.

Mary was predeceased by her parents John and Margaret and her sister Ethel Millar.

May the Lord console her family David, Declan, Collette and Edel, her grandchildren Dylan, Nadine, Conor, Liam, Rose, Kelan, Ava May & Ria, partner Joe Flanagan, sons-in-law David & Mosey, daughters-in-law Louise & Goretti, Seán and all who formed her circle of love and care.

In the effort to follow current guidelines, Mary’s Funeral will be attended by family and close friends. Mary’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Cranny (V15N156) on Wednesday, 11th August, at 11am followed by burial in Cranny cemetert.

Mary’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 11 September at 12noon.

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Sonny Crowley, RIP.

We pray for James (Sonny) Crowley, Ennis, Cragg, and London who died on 17 July 2021.

Sonny was pre-deceased by his son Michael, his parents Janie and Jim, his brother Michael and his sister Peggy.

Sonny is sadly missed by his daughter Rita Haverty (Roscommon), Raymond (Roscommon), James ( London) and Suzie (London), brothers Sean, P.J. and Thomas, sister Nancy, daughter in law Maureen, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, sisters in law, brother in law, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

May he Rest in Peace.

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We pray for Sylvia Marrinan (née Clancy) Kilrush who died on 4 July, 2021.

Sylvia Marrinan, RIP


Sylvia was predeceased by her husband Kevin and her brothers Michael & Martin and her nephew Colm.


 May the Lord console her family Oliver, Albert (Cranny), Carmel (Kildysart), Henry, Imelda, Leo, Philip, Declan, Eugene, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and all who loved her.

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We pray for Fr Paul Kenny SSC, Clondrina who died on 29 June predeceased by his parents Michael and Mary; his sisters Maura and Josephine, his brothers Seán and Michael and all who loved him.

Fr Paul Kenny, SSC


May the Lord console his sisters Sr. Brìd, Magheramore , Co Wicklow and Catherine McGarry, New York and all who loved him.


Fr Paul’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Dalgan Park at 11am on Thursday 1 July followed by burial in the community cemetery.

Ar dheis De go raibh anam uasal.

A month’s mind Mass for Fr Paul will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Friday, 30 July at 8pm.

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Fr Paul Kenny was born in Coolmeen on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, 29th June 1930. He was educated at Coolmeen NS and St Flannan’s College, Ennis before coming to Dalgan in 1948 where he was ordained priest on 21st December 1954.
He finished an MA in Anthropology in Fordham, NY before taking up an appointment to in a war devastated Korea in 1957. After initial language studies he was appointed to Chunchon diocese and spent a year in the parish of Hongchon before becoming pastor in Mulgubi until his first home furlough in Ireland in 1963. The following year he was back in Korea as pastor in Chumunjin on the east coast until he was asked to take on the role of chaplain in the Sacred Heart Women’s College in Chunchon. Then he became Attaché to the Papal Nuncio in Seoul and Spiritual Director in the national seminary. This brought him to Australia in 1975 for four years to direct the Spiritual Year programme in Turramurra.
When he returned to Korea he continued in parish minisry for a further fifteen years in Tobongdong (Seoul), Sangtaewondong (Suwon) and Tuamdong (Kwangju). From 1994 he was Spiritual Director to Columban and other students and professor at the Catholic University of Korea. Leaving Korea in 2009 he continued pastoral work in Rockville Center Diocese in New York for another four years.
Retiring to Ireland nearly sixty years after he first sailed away it was his precious Korean/ English keyboard that allowed him to keep in touch with his many friends across the globe and he never lost his eagerness to expand his excellent command of the Korean language in both hangul and hanmun. A great blessing Paul enjoyed all his years in Korea and again in Ireland was the presence of his sister Brid (now 99 yrs old) with the Columban Sisters just down the road .
Paul died peacefully on his 91st birthday in the Nursing Home in Dalgan.

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We pray for Maura Connellan (née Considine), Lisroe, Kilmaley who died on 28 May, 2021 in her 99th year.

Maura Connellan, RIP

Maura was pre-deceased by her loving husband Martin, her sons Kevin, John, Joseph and her grandchildren Muriel, Lisa and Canice.

Maura is regretted by her family Marie (Coolmeen), Michael, Dermot, Brendan, Bríd and Gerry, her sister Philomena, her granddaughter Martina (Kildysart), her other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbours.

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We pray for William (Willie) Corbett, Corofin who died on 15 May 2021.

Willie Corbett, RIP

Willie was predeceased by his precious daughter, Brid.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Kathleen, his family John, Michael, Pat, Marie, Brian and Sinead (Coolmeen), his brothers, Paddy, Joe and Gerry, his grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, cousins and all who loved him.

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We pray for Patricia better knows as Pat Reidy (née Behan) who died on 10 May, 2021.

Pat Reidy, RIP

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her husband John Joe, daughter Mary, granddaughter Kate, great granddaughter Eva, brother Michael, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephew’s, niece’s, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Due to Government guidance around public gatherings a private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Benedict’s Church Coolmeen at 11.30am on Wednesday followed with private Cremation at Shannon Crematorium at 2pm.

Pat’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 12noon on Saturday, 12 June.

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We pray for Fr John Donnelly, retired Parish Priest of Lorrha & Dorrha, Co. Tipperary who died on 9 May, 2021.

Fr John Donnelly, RIP

Fr John was a native of Kinnitty, Co Offaly and was a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for 73 years.  He was born on 23 March, 1923. He was a past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Ennis. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he was ordained on June 20th1948.

His first appointment in 1948 was in the Diocese of Nottingham in the U.K. He returned to Ireland in 1950 to become curate in Cranny, Co. Clare. In July 1952 he was appointed as curate in Whitegate Co. Clare. In July 1957 he moved to Kilkishen, Co Clare as curate and in 1965 he was appointed curate in Corofin, Co. Clare. His next move was in 1970 to Killaloe as curate where he served for 10 years until 1980. He was appointed P.P of Ruan & Dysart Parish, Co. Clare in July 1980. He moved as Parish Priest to Lorrha and Dorrha in 1987 where he ministered until his retirement as P.P in 1998.  He was appointed A.P in the same parish in July 1998 and continued to work as a priest of the parish until 2012.

He died at his home in the parochial house, Rathcabban, Co Tipperary.

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Pray for Patrick (Pakie) Meaney, Limerick, Cork and Newbridge, Coolmeen who died on 22 April.

Pakie Meaney, RIP


Pakie was husband of the late Joan and brother of the late Joe, Newbridge.


May the Lord console his family Mairead, Olive & Kevin, daughter in law Geraldine, sons in law Kevin & Bobby, grandchildren, great-grandchildren & all who loved him.

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We pray for Mary Mc Cormack (née Kelly) Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Cranny, Co. Clare who died on 15 April, 2021.

Mary McCormack, RIP

Mary was predeceased by her husband Paddy and grandchildren Patrick and Bláithín.
May the Lord grant Mary eternal rest and console her daughters Anne Hickey and Mary Armitage and her son John, sons in law Pat and Noel, daughter in law Fiona, adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her sister Ellen Coyne (USA), sister in law, brother in law, nieces, nephews and all who loved her.. 

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We pray for Tomás O’Halloran, Moyralla who died on 8 April, 2021.

Tomás O’Halloran, RIP

Tomás was pre-deceased by his sister Maureen.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Teresa, his family Avril, Pádraig, David and Mairéad, his grandchildren Séan, Ellen, Dylan, Nadine, Lorcan, Nathan and Saoirse, his sons in law James and John and his daughters in law Collette and Angela, his sisters Peig and Betty, his brothers in law, his sisters-in-law, his nieces, nephews and all who loved him.

Tomás’ funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 1pm on Sunday 11 April. People are invited to carefully abide by the public health regulations.

Tomás months mind Mass will celebrated on Saturday, 8 May at 8pm.

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We pray for Martin Browne, Ennis and Cranny who died on 27 March, 2021.

Martin Browne, RIP

May the Lord grant Martin eternal rest and console his wife Sharon, his brothers John, Siney, Mikey, Tommy, Kieran and Doney, his sister Mary and all who loved him.

Martin’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis at 11am on Wednesday followed by burial in Drumcliffe.

You may join in the funeral Mass through the Ennis parish webcam ennisparish.com/our-parish/web-cam/

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We pray for Peggy McGrath, (née Talty), Carrowreagh East who died on Sunday, 14 February 2021.

Peggy McGrath, RIP

Peggy was predeceased by her husband Seán, her sister Mary Mulvey and her brother Hughie.

May the Lord grant Peggy eternal rest and console her sons Michael & John, daughter Mary, daughters in law Deirdre & Jackie, son in law Francis Kennedy, grandchildren Aidan, Colm, Aisling, Ian, Niall, Michael, Mark and Laura, brothers Micheal, John, Pat, T.J. and Christy, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and all who loved her.

Peggy’s requiem Mass (family only) will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny, on Wednesday 17th February at 11am followed by burial in Cranny cemetery.

You may view Peggy’s funeral Mass here.

https://vimeo.com/event/703679/videos/512948426/

Peggy’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Saturday, 13 March and may be viewed on Coolmeen parish webcam.

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We pray for Peggy Coote (née Morgan), Gallows Hill, Ennis and formerly of Cranny, Co. Clare, who died on 6 February 2021.

Peggy Coote, RIP

Peggy was the wife of the late Tony.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her brother Patrick, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephew,, neighbours and all who loved her

Peggy’s funeral Mass (family only) be celebrated in Ennis Cathedral, on Monday (8th Feb) at 11am followed by burial in Drumcliffe cemetery.

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We pray for Stephen Meaney, Green Park, Ennis and Cranny, Co. Clare who died on 24 January 2021.

Stephen Meaney, RIP

Stephen was the husband of the late Mary. 

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console children Clare, Sheila, Brid, Brendan and Ruth, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, 9 grandchildren, sisters Sr. Mary, Theresa and Eileen, brother Marty, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces relatives, neighbours and friends.

Stephen’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated in Ennis Cathedral, on Wednesday (27th Jan) at 2.30 pm followed by burial in Drumcliffe Cemetery.

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For deaths in 2020 and previous years please click here

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 , 20 January 2022 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Cranny.

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.

Feast of All Saints, Monday 1 November

Mass for the Feast of All Saints on Monday, 1 November will be celebrated in our pastoral area at the following times.
Ballycorick- 9.30am
Cranny – 9.30am
Lissycasey- 9.30am & 7pm
Labasheeda- 9.30am
Kilmurry – 11am
Kildysart- 11am
Coolmeen -7pm.
This feast celebrates all those who have gone before us in faith and are now with the Lord in eternity. Where they have gone we hope to follow.

First Holy Communion 2021

We congratulate the girls from Coolmeen primary school who received Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday, 18 September 2021.

May the Lord always walk with and protect the children, their parents, families, teachers and all who form their circle of love and care.

Cemetery Mass – Kilfidane.

Mass will be celebrated in Kilfidane cemetery at 7pm on Friday , 27 August 2021.
People attending are kindly asked to stand at their individual family graves and avoid congregating.
We pray for all who are buried in Kilfidane and for all our beloved dead.

Cranny Cemetery Mass

Mass for the faithful departed will be celebrated in Cranny cemetery at 8pm on Thursday, 12 August 2021.

People attending are invited to stand in household groups by their family grave so as to ensure social distancing.

Baptisms in 2021

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Sonny with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Sonny McNern into our family of faith and congratulate his parents Louis and Linda.


Sonny was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on 21 August, 2021.


May the Lord continue to bless the family.

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Eva with her parents on her baptism day.

We welcome Eva McNamara-O’Leary into our family of faith and congratulate her parents Kate and Jason.


Eva was baptised in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 8 August 2021.


May the Lord continue to bless the family.


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Nicole with her parents and brother on her baptism day.

We welcome Nicole Margaret Lucas into our family of faith and congratulate her parents Niamh and Maurice and her brother Jake.


Nicole was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 7 August 2021.


May the Lord always bless the family.

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We welcome Esther Mary and Páraic Jeffrey Shannon into our family of faith and congratulate their parents Orla and Richie, Carrowreagh West.

Esther and Páuric with their parents on their baptism day.


Esther and Páraic were baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on 24 July 2021.

May the Lord always bless and protect the family.


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Darragh with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Darragh Michael Murphy into our family of faith and congratulate his parents Elaine and Éoin.


Darragh was baptised in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on 19 June 2021.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.


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If you wish to view baptisms from 2020 and previous years please click here

Coolmeen-Cranny Parish Accounts 2020.

Kildysart Parish Accounts 2019 | Parish of Kildysart

Our 2020 parish accounts are available on our parish website and on our Church notice board. If any parishioner has a query you are very welcome to contact Fr Albert McDonnell or our pastoral office.

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 now have the additional facility of a donate button on our parish website which allows you to make either a once-off or a recurring donation using your bank card.

The ongoing public health emergency is having a major impacts on our lives and wellbeing. In common with most parishes and charities Coolmeen Cranny parish experiences a considerable drop in income in 2020. Our parish income dropped by 30% in 2020. Hopefully we will be able to bring our parish finances back into balance before too long.

The key details of our income/expenditure for 2020 are as follows.

Income  2020€22,595.93
Expenses    2020€29,922.05
Shortfall in 2020€7,326.12

We wish to thank our parish pastoral and finance councils and our secretary Liza Nagle for their work in caring for our parish finances.

A summary of our 2020 accounts can accessed here

Holy Week & Easter 2021

Holy Week is the most sacred week of the year for Christians. Due to the public health emergency it is not possible for us to attend Church in person this year. However, we can join in the celebration of the Last Supper, the passion and death of Christ and his glorious Resurrection through our parish webcams and Facebook live from our homes.

The following is the schedule of Holy Week and Easter liturgies in our pastoral area.

Holy ThursdayGood FridayHoly SaturdayEaster Sunday
Coolmeen8pm3pm9pm
Kildysart8pm11am
Ballycorick8pm3pm8pm9.30am
Lissycasey7.30pm3pm9pm11am
Kilmurry McMahon8pm11am
Labasheeda7pm