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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 2020

Liam with his parents on his baptism day.

We welcome Liam Conor Quinn into the family of faith and congratulate his parents Sheila and Seamus, Boloughera.

Liam was baptised in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Sunday, 5 July 2020.

May the Lord continue to bless and protect the family.



For baptisms in Coolmeen-Cranny parish in 2019 and previous years please click here.

Caring for each other as we pray together.

Sacraments of Initiation 2020

Due to the public health crisis the 2020 celebration of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation had to be deferred. In consultation with the schools we have set the following target dates for the celebration of these sacraments.

We wish the children, their parents, families and teachers every blessing as they look forward to welcoming the Lord into their lives through the sacraments.

First Holy Communion Coolmeen Saturday 26 September
KilmurryMcMahon Saturday 26 September
Lissycasey Saturday 26 September
Ballynacally Saturday 26 September
Kildysart Saturday 3 October
Confirmation Kilmurry McMahon Saturday, 15 August
Cranny Saturday 17  October
Ballynacally Saturday, 19 September
Lissycasey Saturday, 12 September
Kildysart  Saturday 10 October


Keeping safe as we gather in prayer

The attached resource, designed by the Diocesan Pastoral Council was distributed to parishes around the diocese.  It is hoped that it will serve as an aid to parishioners as we gather to pray. 

Diocese of Killaloe Keeping Safe As We Gather

Cranny Cemetery Mass – 8pm Thursday, 2 July 2020

We will celebrate Mass in Cranny cemetery at 8pm on Thursday, 2 July. This is an opportunity for us to pray for all who are buried there and for our deceased parishioners, relatives and friends.

As we continue to care for each other by respecting social distance, you are Invited to stand at your family grave. Also, we should avoid gathering in groups as we enter or leave the cemetery.

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.

Them 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)


Rest in Peace 2020


Mary Lynch , RIP

We pray for Mary (May) Browne (née Lynch), Moohane, Newmarket-on-Fergus who died on 17 June 2020.

My the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her parents Bridie and Haulie, her husband Michael, daughters Bernadette, Rosemary, and Majella, sons-in-law Damien and David, brothers Jim and Pat, sister Breeda, sisters-in-law Mary and Deirdre, Aunts and Uncles, her grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and all who knew and lover her.



Anne Callinan, RIP

We pray for Anne Callinan (née Hanrahan),  Birrinfadda who died on 13 June, 2020.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and be close to her special daughter Caroline, her cousins, her neighbours, friends and all who loved her.

Anne’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 11am on Tuesday followed by burial in Kilmurry McMahon.

May she rest in peace.

Anne’s month’s mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny on Saturday, 11 July at 8pm.



John Coffey, RIP

We pray for John Coffey, Carrowreagh West, Cranny who died on 23 May, 2020.

May the Lord grant John eternal rest and console his brothers Michael and Christy, his sister-in-law Bridget, his nephew John, his loving cousins Theresa, Ita and Kitty, extended family, relatives and friends and all who loved him.

John’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Monday, 25 May at St Mary’s Church, Cranny.

John’s funeral Mass may be viewed here





Mary Anne Casey, RIP

We pray for Mary Anne Casey, (née Corry) (Limerick and formerly of Cranny) who died on 7 May, 2020.

Mary Anne was predeceased by her husband Tommie and her daughter-in-law Breda.
May the Lord grant Mary Anne eternal rest and console her family John, Thomas, Mary (Keane, Kildysart), Geraldine (Dundas), Michael, Josephine and Brid, her daughters-in-law Gabrielle and Helen, sons-in-law Tommy and Andrew, her 17 beloved grandchildren and 7 greatgrandchildren, her brother Michael Corry (Cranny), sister Delia O’ Connor (Sandycove, Dublin), sister-in-law Mollie Cleary, brother-in-law George Casey (both of Clonola, Kildysart), nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

A months mind Mass for Mary Anne will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Sunday, 21 June at 11am and will be live-streamed on the Kildysart parish Facebook page.

Mary Anne’s funeral Mass may be viewed on this link



Anna Cullinane, RIP

We pray for Anna Cullinane (née Nolan),Dooradoyle who died on Good Friday, 2020.

Beloved wife of Michael and treasured mother to Marie (Quinlivan, Cranny, Co. Clare) and Majella (Otago, New Zealand), grandmother to Robbie and also deeply by regretted by sons-in-law Paddy and Andrew, her brother Paddy, sisters Noreen, sister Margaret, brother-in-law Dick and sister-in-law Mary and nephews, nieces and other relatives, friends and neighbours.

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


vWe  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

Resumption of Public Worship – 29 June 2020

COVID 19 and the Resumption of Public Liturgy:


It is envisaged that the celebration of Mass with a congregation present will resume on 29 June, 2020. We look forward to onCe again gathering as a praying community.

The Irish Bishops have issued a detailed framework documents to help resume the celebration of public liturgies.
The principal points include the following:

  • Each Church should appoint a group to oversee the safe return to public liturgy;
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is extended;
  • Anyone who is unwell should not attend Mass but continue to take part through live-streaming;
  • Adequate and appropriate signage should be displayed in each Church;
  • Social distancing (at present 2 metres) will apply. This will considerably reduce the capacity of our churches;
  • The seats which are available for use should be clearly indicated;
  • Stewards may be necessary to guide people to the available seats;
  • Holy Communion may only be received on the hand and reception of the chalice is suspended;
  • Priests and Eucharistic ministers should wear face covering when distributing Holy Communion;
  • Hand sanitisers should be installed and used at every Church entrance;
  • Holy Water fonts should not be used;
  • The collection basket should not be distribUted;
  • Church doors should be open so that people do not need to touch them;
  • Seats and other areas that are frequently touched should be cleaned after each time the church is used.

The Bishops stress that public health is paramount and only Churches which are able to fulfil the above requirements should resume the public celebration of liturgy.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with the preparations for the resumption of public Mass or act as a steward etc you are very welcome to contact our pastoral office.


The full text of the Bishops’ framework document may be found here.

St John Bosco Community College – End of Year Liturgy

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 Tuesday, 26 May 2020 at 8.30pm on Zoom.

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.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Monahan.

St Mary’s Church, Cranny

Pastoral Letter – May 2020 

Re-opening of Churches for Personal, Private Prayer – Killaloe Diocese from May 18th, 2020 – A message for the People of the Diocese – Bishop Fintan Monahan

The decision to close church buildings in Killaloe was an act of solidarity and commitment to the national effort required to suppress the Corona Virus. Closing Churches was a demonstration of the depth of commitment (not just compliance) required to safeguard the health of all in our society, both the vulnerable and the strong.  I fully recognise the huge sacrifice that closing churches has been for parishioners and priests alike.

At this point, following consultation at many different levels and much advice – it is time to consider reopening our churches in a responsible manner for private  and personal prayer from the date of May 18th, 2020. In order for this to happen, each parish would need to ensure a safe environment for both parishioners and parish staff. This will require looking at the geography/layout  of the church and putting in measures that will help facilitate social distancing and hygiene.

In order for churches to re-open in a responsible manner, the following need to be considered:

  • Availability of hand sanitisers in appropriate locations in the church.
  • Access to and flow of people within the building: If there are two entry points, could one be designated as an entrance and the other as an exit? How will social distancing be facilitated in the space? Can doors be left open to minimise the amount of touching?
  • Signage: reminding people of distancing, hand hygiene, minimum touching of surfaces etc.
  • Cleaning of the church: Can measures be put in place to ensure that surfaces are cleaned at least once a day? Who will do this? Can this be done by our parish staff or volunteers? Might the parish enlist the help of extra volunteers?

Masses will continue to be celebrated behind closed doors, but I look forward to a later stage in the roadmap, at the designated phase where it will be possible to recommence weekday Masses, and other liturgies with small numbers present, but we are not anywhere near this yet.

All of this will be open to ongoing review. Our first stage must be a gentle reopening of churches responding to the deep need for parishioners, some who have perhaps been in isolation for weeks, to call into their local church and offer a prayer.

At a time like this we as a diocese and Church Community redouble our efforts to look out for each other and continue to pray for each other at this challenging time.

Our thoughts, prayers, sympathies go out to anyone who has experienced illness, loss or bereavement during this difficult time, especially those affected by the Corona Virus.

The Prayer of Pope Francis for the month of May helps us in our time of challenge:

O Mary,

You shine continuously on our journey

as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,

who, at the foot of the cross,

were united with Jesus’ suffering,

and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”,

you know our needs,

and we know that you will provide,

so that, as at Cana in Galilee,

joy and celebration may return

after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the will of the Father

and to do what Jesus tells us.

For he took upon himself our suffering,

and burdened himself with our sorrows

to bring us, through the cross,

to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always
from very danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgi


St. Flannan, Pray for us.

St. Senan, Pray for us.