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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.

Rest in Peace 2017

Cranny Holy Week Window

We pray for Bridie Cleary, Daughnieve who died on 23 April, 2017.

Bridie will repose at St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen from  5pm to 8pm on Tuesday.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12noon.

May the Lord grant Bridie eternal rest and console her family, John, Martin, Brendan and Maura, her 13 grandchildren, her daughters in law, son in law, brother in law, sisters in law and all who formed part of her circle of love and care.

Rest In Peace.


We pray for Patrick Culligan, Boloughera,  who died on 10 April, 2017.

Patrick will repose at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey on Wednesday 12 April from 5pm with prayers for the dead at 8pm. The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 12noon on Holy Thursday followed by burial in Lissycasey cemetery.

May the Lord grant Patrick eternal rest and console his wife Kathy, his family Mary (Killeen), Laurence, Margaret (Killeen), Michael and John, sons in law Eugene and Michael, daughters in law Brid and Ita, his grandchildren, Kevin, Róisín, Grace, Aobhinn, Shane and Daire, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and all who formed part of his circle of love and care.


We pray for Michael Hehir, Boloughera who died on 22 March, 2017.

Michael will respose in St Mary’s Church, Cranny from 4pm until 7pm on Saturday. The Saturday vigil Mass will be celebrated as usual at 7pm.

Michael’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12.30pm on Sunday followed by burial in Cranny cemetery.

May the Lord take Michael to the eternal home that He has prepared from him in heaven and console his wife Kathleen, family Patrick, Michael, Paul and Catherine, sisters Peg and Chrissie, grandchildren Sarah, Darragh, Any and Leah and who formed part of his circle of love.

Michael’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 15 April at 7.30pm (Easter Vigil).


We pray for Gerard McMahon, Carrowreagh West who died on 8 March, 2017.

May the Lord take Gerard to the eternal home that He has prepared from him in heaven and console his brothers and sisters Michael, John, Thomas, Joseph, Mary and Nancy, all who cared for him and who formed part of his circle of love

Gerard McMahon

and care.

Gerard will repose at St Mary’s Church, Cranny from 6pm to 8pm on Friday. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Saturday followed by burial in Cranny Cemetery.

Gerard’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday 22 April at 8pm.


Pray for James O’Connor, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick who died on 25 January, 2017,

May the Lord grant James eternal rest and console his brother Christy (Coolmeen),  sister Betty, nieces, nephews, relatives, and all who formed his circle of love and care.


For deaths in 2016 and previous years please click here

Pastoral Letter – A Welcoming People of God

Bishop Fintan Monahan has written a pastoral letter to the people of the Diocese, entitled ‘Diocese of Killaloe – A welcoming People of God’.

In his letter Bishop Fintan reflects on the many positive aspects of the faith he has encountered since he came to the diocese and speaks about the future of our faith communities.

You may download the pastoral letter here Bishop Fintan Pastoral Letter April 2017

Holy Week and Easter in Coolmeen-Cranny 2017

Holy Week and Easter in Coolmeen-Cranny and Kildysart Parishes 

Palm Sunday (9 April)        –       Blessing of Palms and procession will take place before all Masses

Liturgy of Reconciliation –    St Mary’s Church, Cranny Wednesday 5 April at 8pm

  • St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen Monday 10 April at 8pm
  • St Michael’s Church, Kildysart Tuesday, 11 April, 8pm

Holy Thursday (13 April)    –Coolmeen – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7pm

-Kildysart – Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 8.30pm

Good Friday (14 April)        –Cranny – The Lord’s Passion 3pm

-Kildysart – The Lord’s Passion 5pm

– Cranny – Stations of the Cross 8pm

Holy Saturday (15 April)     –Cranny – Easter Vigil – 7.30pm

-Kildysart – Easter Vigil – 9.30pm

Coolmeen-Cranny Parish Accounts 2016

The Coolmeen-Cranny Parish Accounts have been completed by our parish finance committee. The summary is as follows:


  • Opening balance (1 January, 2016):  €11,877.71
  • Income during 2016:                          €29,890.17
  • Expenditure during 2016:                   €31,805.16
  • Closing balance (31 Dec, 2016)         €9,092.

To access the detail of our 2016 parish accounts , please click here Coolmeen-Cranny Parish Accounts 2016

We thank all the members of our parish for your very generous support for our parish. We are especially grateful to our parishioners who use the weekly collection envelopes and who take part in the tax refund scheme. This brings a substantial additional benefit to our parish, at no cost to our parishioners.

Our gratitude is also due to the members of our finance council for their diligent work in taking care of our parish finances. The members of our parish finance council are Antoinette Quinlivan (Chairperson), Des Murphy, Susan King and Catherine Corry.

Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of our parish pastoral council will take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen on THursday, 4 May at 8.30pm.

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.

Chairperson             John O Connor

Vice Chairperson   John McNamara

Secretary                  Mary O Connell

Treasurers                Catherine Corry, Susan King

Albert McDonnell
Helen Browne
Breda Doyle
Mary Frawley
Mary Greene
Margaret Haugh
Brid Meaney
Tom Meaney
Aggie Neenan
Mary O’Dea
Antoinette Quinlivan

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2017

The feast of our national patron, St Patrick will be celebrated on Friday, 17 March. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The vigil Mass will be celebrated on Thursday in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 7pm. On the morning of the feast, Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 9.45am, and in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart at 11am.

Christ with me, Christ before me,

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)

The Sacrament of Confirmation – 10 March, 2017

We congratulate the girls and boys from Cranny-Coolmeen who received the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation today.  We thank our teachers Ms Gráinne Sheehan, Ms Kathleen O’Connell and Ms Patricia Cunningham for their work snd dedication.

May the Spirit always guide and the protect the young people, their parents and families.

World Meeting of Families – Dublin- 21-26 August 2018

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 Thursday 18 May, 2017 at 8.30pm to take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.



Ash Wednesday 1 March, 2017

 ash-wednesdayAsh Wednesday:

Next Wednesday (! 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”.