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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 2018

Martin McMahon, RIP

We pray for Martin (Murty) McMahon who died on 24 May, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family in New York.

Martin was a native of Cranny and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

May the Lord take Martin to Himself and console his wife Maura (née McGee), his family Séan, Tara and Brian, his brother Patrick and sister Caroline Meaney and all who knew and loved him.

A months mind Mass will be celebrated for Martin in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 23 June at 8pm followed by the burial of ashes in Cranny cemetery.


Noel Kennedy, RIP

We  pray for Noel Kennedy, Derryshane who died on 22 May, 2018. 

Noel will repose  at StBenedict’s Church, Coolmeen from 6pm to 8pm on Friday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11am followed by burial in Kilmurry-McMahon. 

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his family Patrick, Brian, Seamus, Mairéad, Audrey, Geraldine  and John Paul amd all who knew and loved him.

Noel’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Friday, 29 June at 8pm.


We pray for Rita Cheshire (née Greene) who died in Pietermaritzurg, South Africa on Tuesday, 8 May, 2018.

Rita was born in Moyralla. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her two daughters, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces all who knew and loved her.


We pray for Doreen Quinn (née Considine) Clondrina who died on 30 April, 2018.

Doreen will repose at St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8pm. Her Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am

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

Doreen’s months mond Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 2 June at 8pm.


We pray for  for Connie Keane, Moveen, Carrigaholt,who died on Easter Sunday (1 April, 2018)

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Tess and family Gerry, Michael , John, Conor, Anne & Carmel Wallace (Cranny).

Connie will repose on Tuesday in St Mary’s Church, Carrigaholt from 6pm to 8pm. Hos funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12.00 noon


We pray for Susan Doherty Clondrina who died on 2 March, 2018.

Susan will repose at St Benedict’s Church Coolmeen on Monday from 6pm to 8pm. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 am., followed by burial in Kilfiddane

May the Lord grant Susan eternal rest and console all who muorn her.

Susan’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 8 April at 9am.


Pray for John (J.T.) Madigan who died on 6 February,  2018 peacefully at his home  in Cork.  J.T. was originally from Derryguihey, KilmurryMcMahon. We pray the the Lord may take J.T. to himself and console his wife, Mary, his family Bernadette, Gerard, Joseph, Anne, Michael and Mary, his brothers Anthony (Derryguihy), Br. Pat and Oliver, sisters Marie, Sr. Anne, and Teresa (Crowe) and all who formed part of his circle of love and care.


We pray for John Collins, Shessive who died on Saturday, 3 February 2018.

John will repose at St Mary’s Church, Cranny from 5pm to 7pm on Monday. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11am followed by burial in Kilchreest.

May the Lord welcome John into the home he has prepared for him in eternity and console his wife Kathleen, his son Gerry, daughter Anne-Marie, daughter in law Breda, son in law Frank, his grandchildren Ellie, Sarah, Caoimhe, Anthony and Allanah and all  who formed his circle of love and care.

Rest in Peace.

John’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 17 March at 7pm.


You are asked to remember in your prayer Jos Donnelly who died in Hertfordshire, England aged 79 on 23 January, 2018.

We pray that the Lord may welcome Jos into the home He has prepared for him and console his three daughters, his six grandchildren, his brothers (Albert and PJ) and his sister (Maisie).


For deaths in Coolmeen-Cranny in 2017 and previous years please click here

First Holy Communion – Sunday 13 May, 2018.

We congratulate the children together with their parents, teachers and families, who received their First Holy Communion in St Benedict’s  Church, Coolmeen on sunday, 13 May 2018.

May the Lord always be in their hearts to guide and protect them.


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Summer Liturgies – 2018

Summer Liturgical Celebrations: 

During the summer months we have outdoor celebrations of Mass in the various cemeteries and holy wells in Kildysart and Coolmeen parishes.

The locations, dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, 29 June at 8pm St Brecan’s Holy Well (Crovraghan);
  • Friday, 6 July at 8pm, Kildysart cemetery;
  • Friday, 20 July at 8pm Kilfiddane cemetery;
  • Friday, 27 July at 8pm, Cranny cemetery;
  • Sunday, 29 July at 4pm – Pilgrimage to Canon Island;
  • Wednesday, 15 August at 8pm, Lacknashannagh Holy Well;
  • Friday, 17 August at 8pm, Cillin at Clondrina.

Invitation to Choose Life – Pastoral Letter from Bishop Fintan Monahan

Baptisms in Coolmeen-Cranny in 2018

We welcome Willa Lynette O’Dea into our family of faith and congratulate her parents Ellen and Kevin. Willa was baptised in St Mary’s Church Cranny on Saturday, 5 May, 2018.

May the Lord always bless the family and their home.


 We welcome Abbie Lynn Moloney into the Christian family and congratulate her parents Claire and Leon. Abbie was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday 28 January, 201

Many the Lord bless the family and their home.


For baptisms in 2017 and previous years please click here

Praying the Rosary during May

During May, the month of Our Lady, the rosary is prayed each Thursday  evening at 7pm at the various Marian Grotto in the parish. All 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.

Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of our parish pastoral council will take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen on Wednesday 23 May 2018 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

Coolmeen-Cranny 2017 Parish Accounts

The Coolmeen-Cranny Parish 2017 Accounts have been completed by our parish finance committee. The summary is as follows:

  • Opening balance (1 January, 2017):                   €9,092.92
  • Income during 2017:                                              €36,208.29
  • Expenditure during 2017:                                     €35,746.18
  • Transfer from Investment a/c to current a/c   €10,000.00
  • Closing balance (31 Dec, 2017)                             €19,173.05

To access the detail of our 2017 parish accounts , please click here  Coolmeen-Cranny Parish Accounts 2017

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.

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 Wednesday, 11 September 2018 at 8.30pm  to take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.



Holy Week and Easter 2018