Monday, 06 April, 2020
History

NOTICES

All the Children's Liturgy Packs for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, The Stations of the Cross and Easter Sunday are available on the Newsletter Link

Good Friday - 10th April 2020

St. Mary's Parish misses meeting the people of the community dearly each week. A day which will be particularly difficult for all the clergy and volunteers of our parish will be Good Friday 10th April 2020. The Pastoral Council have arranged two events for this day which will allow our friends and family at home to take part in the most important day of the Church calendar. 

The Children's Station's of the Cross - The Children's Station's of the Cross will be available to to view online at www.churchservices.tv/clonmel or listen to on the radio on 106.5FM. A PDF document will be available on St. Mary's Parish website ( www.stmarysparishclonmel.ie ) containing pictures of the 14 Stations. You can download or print the document and look at the pictures from your home while watching the service online. 

The Good Friday 3pm Service - The annual dramatization of the Gospel of the Passion of our Lord has been adapted to suit the current social distancing regulations. The Gospel will be dramatized by Diarmuid Bolger, Lisa Kelly, Eoin Morrissey and Charlotte Keane. You are welcome to take part in this service from home either online at www.churchservices.tv/clonmel or listen to on the radio on 106.5FM.

 

Children's Liturgy for Palm Sunday

To all the Girls and Boys of St. Mary's Children's Liturgy, we miss meeting with you and your family every Sunday at 10:30am. It is sad that we can't be together at this time to teach you all about Lent and Easter. Each week we will provide you all with a small package that will explain the different Sunday Gospel stories while we are apart. On Sunday you can read this Gospel story with your family and say the Family Prayer with them. There is an activity sheet provided for younger siblings and older siblings. We truly hope you enjoy taking part in our Home Children's Liturgy Pack with your family. Be sure to say a prayer everyday that we will be together soon.  The activity sheet is available on the Newlsetter link and you can print it off from there. 

 

Due to the COVID19 Virus the Church will not be open to the public.  But the public will be able to view the Masses and services online at www.churchservices.tv/clonmel or listen on the radion on 106.5FM.

We apologise for any inconvenience but we hope you will join us by watching via the live stream.  The Parish Office will remain open as normal.

 

History

St. Mary's Parish Irishtown Clonmel 

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St Mary’s Church was built in 1850 replacing the original thatched chapel, which stood on the same site in Irishtown since 1660. Plans for the present building were prepared and agreed in November 1836. The church, dedicated to Our Lady under the title of the Assumption, was completed and blessed by Most Rev. Dr. O’Brien, Bishop of Waterford, on the 12th October 1856.

The stone used for the main construction came from quarries in Kilmacomma and Mullinahone. The stucco ceiling was made possible by a legacy in 1854 from the estate of Mr. Nicholas Cott, a resident of Irishtown.

The High Altar was the gift from Mr. William Hudson. It was designed by the English Architect George Goldie, and was completed in 1867 at a cost of 2,000 pounds. It consists of Portland stone, columns of Aberdeen granite, and with inserts of Cork and Connemara marble.

The belfry tower was added in 1885 and the portico was completed in 1890.

In 1836 the parish was divided into two, the new parish taking the title of SS. Peter and Paul’s and getting possession, at the same time, of an auxiliary church which had been erected in 1810. In 1983, on the First Sunday of Advent, the parish was again divided with the creation of St. Oliver Plunkett Parish.

The tomb of the first Mayor of Clonmel, John Fitz-Geffry White, who died in 1615, was brought to St. Mary’s Irishtown from Old St. Mary’s Church.

In November 1936 St Mary’s was consecrated by the Most Rev. Dr. J. Kinnane, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.