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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.

Baptisms in Coolmeen-Cranny in 2017

We welcome Aoibhín Mary Browne into the Christian family. Aoibhín was baptised on Sunday, 16 July 2017 in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen.

We congratulate her parents, Assumpta and Andrew, Dublin and pray God’s blessing on the family.


We welcome Olivia Mary Meaney into the Christian family. Olivia was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday, 11 June. We congratulate her parents Bernie and Alan, Boloughera and pray God’s blessing on the family.


We welcome Amelia Annie Corry into the Christian family.  Amelia was baptised in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Sunday, 28 May, 2017.

We congratulate her parents Aoife and Alan, Coolmeen and pray God’s bleasing on the family.


We welcome Sophie Ella Stephens into the Christian family. Sophie was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on 11 February 2017.

We congratulate her parents Bernie and Cyril, Birrinfadda and pray God’s blessing on the family.


We welcome Iarla Shannon Ó Ceallaigh into the Christian family. Iarla was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday, 29 January, 2017. We congratulate his parents Úna and Barry, Cranny and USA and pray God’s blessing on the family.


We welcome Lorcan Thomas O’Halloran into the Christian family. Lorcan was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on 7 January, 2017. We congratulate his parents Angela and Padraig, Birrinfadda and pray God’s blessing on the family.


For baptisms in 2016 and previous years please click here

Rest in Peace 2017

Cranny Holy Week Window

We pray for John (Johnny) Quinlivan, Lisheen, Ballynacally who died on 15 July, 2017.

We pray that the Lord will welcome Johnny into eternity and console his wife Mary, daughters Maura Doohan, Martina Hartigan, Patricia Keane, Caroline Power (Coolmeen) and Helen O’Connor, brothers Mike, Paddy, Martin, Jim, Tom and Christy, sister Chris, sons in law, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Johnny will repose at Christ the King Church, Ballycorick on Sunday from 6pm with prayers for the dead at 8pm. His  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 12.30pm followed by burial  in Kylea Cemetery.


We pray for John Pender, Birrinfadda who died on Wednesday, 28 June 2017.

John will repose  at O’Donohue’s Funeral Home, Kildysart on Friday from 5 pm  until 8 pm.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Saturday in St. Mary’s Church, Cranny followed by burial in Lissycasey Cemetery.

Mau the Lord grant John eternal rest and console  his wife Anna, sons Dermot, Damien and Micheál, daughters Yvonne and Ciara, sister Mary, brother Michael, grandchildren Rory, Seán and Aoibhe, daughter-in-law Catherine, sister-in-law Eunice, relatives and many friends.

John’s month’s mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Thursday, 27 July at 8 pm.


We pray for Annie McMahon (née Coleman) who died on Monday, 26 June, 2017.

Annie will repose at St Mary’s Church, Cranny from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated onThursday at 12noon followed by burial in Kildysart cemetery.

May the Lord grant Annie eternal rest and console her sons Pat and Martin, her daughter Caroline, her daughters-in-law Kathy and Maura, her son in law John, her grandchildren Séan, Tara, Sandra, Brian, Kevin, Anna Marie and Katie and all who formed part of her circle of love and care.

Annie’s month mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Monday, 31 July at 8.30pm. Read the rest of this entry

Diocesan Appointments- 2017

The Bishop of Killaloe, Most Revd Fintan Monahan has made a series of appointments in the Diocese.

Appointments – Diocese of Killaloe – 2017

A Prayer Inspired by Archbishop Romero

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the Church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

*This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw.

Weddings in 2017

We congratulate Edel Keane, Clonsnaughta and Kevin McMahon, Gurtnafrehane who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Friday, 7 July 2017.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


We congratulate Kevin McMahon, Clondrina and Linda Earlie, Ennis who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in Ennis Cathedral on 12 May, 2017.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


We congratulate Edel Meaney, Boloughera and P.J. Connaghan, Doolin who celebrated the sacrament of marriage in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Friday, 28 April, 2017.

May the Lord bless their marriage and their home.


For weddings in 2016 and previous years please click here 

Cemetery Masses – 2017

The 2017 Cemetery Masses in Coolmeen-Cranny Kildysart Parishes will be celebrated on the following dates:

  • Kildysart Cemetery – Friday, 2 June at 8pm;
  • Cranny Cemetery – Friday, 23 June at 8pm;
  • Kilfidane Cemetery – Friday, 14 July at 8pm;
  • The Cillin at Clondrina – Friday, 11 August at 8pm.

May He support us all the day long,
’till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen
John Henry Newsman (1801-1890)


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, 10 October, 2017 at 8.30pm  to take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen.



Pastoral Council Meeting

The next meeting of our parish pastoral council will take place in the Parochial House, Coolmeen on Thursday, 22 June 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

Rosary during May

The month of May is the month of Mary, the Mother of God.

During May we will pray the rosary at the shrines to Our Lady in our parish, at the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 16 May at 8pm at the Grotto in Coolmeen;
  • Tuesday, 23 May at 8pm at the Grotto in Shessive;
  • Wednesday, 31 May at 8pm at the Cilleen in Clondrina.


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 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 & 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 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