Baptisms in 2021

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

Rest in Peace 2021

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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 Wednesday, 18 August 2021 at 8pm.

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.

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

Feast of St Patrick – Wednesday, 17 March.

Next Wednesday, 17 March is the feast of St Patrick, our national apostle. You are welcome to join in Mass from your homes from the Churches in our pastoral area at the following times.

Tuesday vigil Mass. Coolmeen webcam 7pm
Ballycorick radio 7pm
Wednesday morning. Kildysart webcam 11am
Lissycasey webcam 11am
Labasheeda Facebook 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 traditon of St Patrick)

Ash Wednesday- 17 February 2021.

Ash Wednesday: On Ash Wednesday, we place the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes while saying Repent and Believe in the Gospel.

This year, while the reason for Ash Wednesday remains the same, our celebration will change. Sadly, it is not possible to gather in Church as a community.

However, you are welcome to collect individual sachets of blessed ashes from any of the Churches in our pastoral area after Mass on Wednesday to take to your home.

A gentle reminder to avoid gathering in groups in Church and to respect the two metre distance.

Rest in Peace 2020.

We pray for Tara Marie McMahon (New York) who died on 27 December, 2020 at the age of 30, due to complications arising from surgery. 

Tara is the daughter of Maura McGee McMahon (NY) and Murty McMahon (RIP) from Cranny, and brother to Sean and Brian.  She will be missed by her many friends here in Ireland.

Tara McMahon, RIP

Tara’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 31st at 10:45 am at St. Elizabeth’s Church. 268 Wadsworth Ave, New York.

A months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on January 24th, 2021. It may be viewed on the Kildysart parish webcam (link on http://www.kildysartparish.org)

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We pray for Anthony Keavey, Ballydineen who died on 19 December, 2020.

Tony Keavey, RIP

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Mary, his children, grandchildren, brothers Paddy, Michael, and John, sisters Margaret, Joan, Bridget and Anna, extended family and all who loved him.

Tony was predeceased by his sisters Kathleen and Maureen. 

Tony’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated on Tuesday, 22 December at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Cranny followed by burial in Cranny cemetery.

Tony’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Kildysart on Tuesday, 19 January at 7pm. People may join in the Mass by means of the Kildysart parish webcam (link on http://www.kildysartparish.org)

https://www.ipcamlive.com/kildysartchurch

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We pray for Joseph McMahon, Alyroe who died in England on 25 May, 2020.

Joseph McMahon


May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his daughter Ita, his son Joe, his brothers Gerard and Pakie and all who loved him.

Mass will be offered for Joseph in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Wednesday, 16 December at 7pm.


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Martin Kelly, RIP

We pray for Martin Kelly, San Mateo, California and formerly of Tonlegee, Kildysart, Co. Clare who died on 7 November, 2020.

May the Lord grant Martin eternal rest and console his wife Teresa (née Sheedy) his family Raymond and Martina, brothers Michael (Tonlegee), Seán (Coolmeen), sisters-in-law Bridget & Bridie, son-in-law Darren, grandchildren Hannah, Catherine, Ronan and Domonic, and many nieces, nephews and friends and all who loved him.

Martin’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, San Mateo, California on Saturday, November 14th 2020.

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Tom Pender RIP

We pray for Tom Pender, Boloughera who died on 10 November, 2020.

Tom was predeceased by his parents Michael and Mary and his brother Michael.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his brother Jack, his sister Mary Quinlivan, his sisters-in-law Mary and Margaret, his nieces Andrea, Bridgee, Mary, Patricia, Erin, Michelle and Suzanne, his nephew Michael, his grandnieces, grandnephews and all who loved him.

Tom’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 11am on Friday followed by burial in Kilchreest.

Tom’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cranny at 7pm on Saturday, 19 December.

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Michael Breen, RIP

We pray for Michael Breen, Newmarket-on-Fergus and previously of Moyfadda who died on 6 November, 2020.

Michael was predeceased by his sister Angela and brother Patrick.

May the Lord grant him eternal rest and console his wife Nuala, daughter Àine, son Conor, sisters Maura, Susan, Eileen and Ann, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, friends and all who formed part of his circle of love and care.

Michael’s funeral Mass (family only) will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Newmarket-On-Fergus, this Monday (9th November) at 12 noon followed by burial in Lemenagh cemetery.

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Sr Bridget, RIP

We pray for Sr Bridget Quinlivan Kilmurry McMahon who died in Clacton-on-Sea, England. 

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her Community her sister in law Mary her nephews Paddy and John, Carrowreagh West, her nieces Mary & Patricia, other nieces, grand nieces, grand nephews and all who loved her.

Sr Bridget lived 73 years in religious life as a Sister of Mercy.

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Teresa Sheerin Ryan, RIP

We pray for Teresa Sheerin Ryan, Kilmaley, Ennisg and Cranny who died on 8 September, 2020.

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

Teresa’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Ennis Cathedral at 3pm on Friday 11 September (family and close friends only).

The Mass may be viewed on Ennis parish webcam

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Breda Fitzpatrick, RIP

We pray for Breda Fitzpatrick (née Shannon), Kilmihil and Kilmurry McMahon who died on 25 August 2020.

Breda was predeceased by her husband Seán.

May the Lord grant her eternal rest and console her son Michael, her daughters Maeve (O’ Neill, Erribul), Catherine (Corry, Coolmeen) and Rita, her daughter-in-law Josephine, her sons-in-law Seán and Senan, her grandchildren and all who loved her.

Funeral Mass for family and friends will be celebrated  in St Michael’s Church, Kilmihil at 12noon on Thursday.

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John Normoyle, RIP

We pray for John Normoyle, Newbridge, Coolmeen who died on 14 July 2020.

May the Lord grant John eternal rest and console his family John Noel, Anne-Marie and Patsy, his son in law, Brendan, his daughters-in-law Michelle and Tina, his grandchildren, nephews, nieces and all who knew and loved him.

John’s funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen at 11am on Friday followed by burial in Kilmurry McMahon cemetery.

John’s months mind Mass will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Church, Coolmeen on Wednesday, 19 August at 8pm.

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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.

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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.

Continue reading “Rest in Peace 2020.”

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – 10 January 2021.


Next Sunday, 10 January is the feast of Baptism of the Lord which recalls the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan at the beginning of his public ministry.


During our 11am Mass in Kildysart we will pray for the babies who were recently baptised in Coolmeen-Cranny parish together with their parents and families.


You can take part in the Mass through the Kildysart Facebook page or Kildysart parish webcam (kildysartparish.org). Unfortunately, due to problems with wifi it is not possible to livestream from Coolmeen or Cranny.