(United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns, Leighlin, Lismore, Ossory & Waterford)

Parishes

Enniscorthy

 This group of parishes is situated in the centre of Co. Wexford. The four country parishes surround the town, famed for its 1798 associations and are easily accessible. ENNISCORTHY & MONART UNION 1st Sunday St John’s Church, Clonmore 09.00 (HC) St Peter’s Church, Monart: 10.15 (MP) St. Mary’s Church, Enniscorthy: 11.30 (HC) 2nd Sunday St. […]

Tinahely & Carnew

Parish website: http://tinahelycarnewunion.ferns.anglican.org/ TINAHELY AND CARNEW UNION St John’s Church, Preban 1st & 3rd Sunday 8.30 a.m. Kilpipe Church 2nd and 4th Sunday 8.30 a.m. All Saints Church, Carnew 10.00 a.m. every Sunday Kilcommon Church (Tinahely) 11.30 a.m. every Sunday Rector: Rev. Ruth Elmes This group of parishes is situated in south County Wicklow covering the […]

Bunclody

St Mary’s Church, Bunclody is located right in the middle of the town of Bunclody. The town is situated where the river Clody meets the river Slaney and provides a very picturesque setting.   There are three other parishes in the Union:, St. Paul’s Kildavin, St Fiaac’s Clonegal and St. Brigid’s Kilrush. BUNCLODY UNION Kildavin Church: […]

Ardamine

Ardamine Church, the Church of St. John the Evangelist is one of the few churches in the Diocese overlooking the sea. Built on a promontory just south of the town, it commands a magnificent view over the Irish Sea. Its unique architecture lends itself to the enhancement of the area.  This is a seaside group of […]

Wexford & Kilscoran Union

Wexford and Kilscoran Union website: http://www.wexfordandkilscoran.org/ Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wexford-Kilscoran-Union/1494978940732769 The area covered by this Union of Parishes covers the coastal area of Curracloe, the County town of Wexford and the surrounding farming countryside. St. Iberius church, a magnificently restored Georgian building is open daily throughout the year. Kilscoran Parishes are bounded on the east by the […]

New Ross Union

The area covered by this union of parishes includes the Hook Head peninsula, the J.F. Kennedy Park, the historic town of New Ross and St. Mullins in the Barrow Valley. Parish website: http://www.newross.ferns.anglican.org/ NEW ROSS UNION 1st Sunday Fethard Church: 9.00 a.m. New Ross Church: 10.45 a.m. 2nd Sunday Fethard Church: 9.00 a.m. Killesk Church: 10.15 […]

Kilscoran

Kilscoran is now included in the Wexford Union of Parishes. Please see Wexford

Killanne Union

This Union is situated on the southern side of the Blackstairs Mountains stretching from Adamstown to the boundary with Bunclody and is farming countryside. KILLANE UNION 1st & 3rd Sunday Rossdroit Church: 10.00 a.m. 2nd & 4th Sunday Killegney Church: 10.00 a.m. Killanne Church: 11.30 a.m. Templeshanbo Church: 11.30 a.m. on 1st Sunday and 10.00 […]

Gorey

 This group of parishes is situated at the northern most point in County Wexford and is a mixutre of established families and relocated commuter families. Gorey is the principal town of North Wexford with a population of around 4,000 people. It is a well established busy town on the main Dublin to Wexford road and […]

Ferns Union

History The Cathedral Church of St. Edan is situated in Ferns, the ancient capital of Leinster and has strong links with St. David’s of the Church in Wales. The Dean Writes “Christian witness came to Ferns over 1400 years ago. St. Edan (Aidan) came to Ferns in c.600ad. There has been a “stone” church on […]

Templemore

Templemore is a town and parish with a population of 2,115 (1996 census) situated about 31 miles from Clonmel and 65 miles from Dublin City. The upper reaches of the River Suir, which are noted for good fishing are near the town. The Devil’s Bit Mountain (1,557 feet) is located a few miles to the […]

Kilcooley

“Kilcooly”, a parish, in the barony of Slievardagh, county of Tipperary, and province of Munster, 5 miles (S.) from Johnstown; containing, with the town of New Birmingham, 3667 inhabitants. The parish comprises 9052 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Cashel, and in the patronage […]

Cashel

website; http://cashelunion.ie/ CASHEL UNION Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist & St Patrick’s Rock: Morning prayer said daily, Mon – Fri at 9.15 a.m. 1st Sunday, Sung Eucharist – 11.30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Sundays, Morning Prayer – 11.30 a.m. 3rd Sunday during school term time – Family Eucharist at 11.30 a.m. St Mary’s Church, […]

Rathdowney

Rathdowney is close to Aghaboe, which is the site of St Canice’s 6th Century Monastery. There are 5 churches in the Union: St Andrew’s Rathdowney, Castlefleming, St Patrick’s Donoghmore, St Columba’s Rathsaran and St Canice’s Aghavoe.   RATHDOWNEY UNION 1st Sunday Castlefleming Church: 9.30 a.m. (HC) Rathdowney Church: 10.45 a.m. (HC) Rathsaran Church: 12.00 noon […]

Kilkenny

Website: www.stcanicescathedral.com New Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KilkennyParishUnion/ Kilkenny, known as the marble city, is the home of the magnificent St Canice’s Cathedral. Along with the cathedral parish are three other parishes: St John’s in John Street is located within the city. St Lachtain’s, Freshford and St Aidan’s, Kilmanagh are both about 10 miles from the city. KILKENNY […]

Kells

The five churches of the Kells Group comprise the four churches in Kells Union: St Mary’s Kells, St Matthew’s Kilmoganny, St Peter’s Ennisnag and Kilfane Church, together with the fifth church – St Mary’s Inistioge. Well spread out, they are situated in the picturesque area of south Kilkenny along the King’s River and the Nore […]

Clonenagh (Mountrath)

Clonenagh Group of parishes is situated near the picturesque Slieve Bloom Mountains. The Church of Seir Kieran from which the Diocese of Ossory is reported to have grown is also in this group of parishes. The churches are St Peter’s in Mountrath, St Matthew’s in Roskelton, St Mark’s in Borris-in-Ossory, St Jude’s Annatrim, Lacca  & Seir […]

Castlecomer

Website: castlecomerunion.webs.com Rector’s Blog: http://thewayoutthere1.blogspot.ie/     Castlecomer is situated 10 miles to the north of Kilkenny. The region was best known in the past for its production of coal from the collieries The Union of parishes comprises 4 churches: St Mary’s Castlecomer, The Colliery Church, Mothel and Holy Trinity, Bilboa CASTLECOMER UNION The Colliery Church: […]

Lismore

Lismore is situated in the river valley of the Munster Blackwater and is famed for St Carthage’s Cathedral and Lismore Castle, home of the dukes of Devonshire.       LISMORE UNION Saint Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore: 1st & 3rd Sundays – Eucharist 8.00 a.m. Also service at 11.30 a.m. (Eucharist on 2nd, 4th & 5th […]

Fiddown

Fiddown is a small village situated on the Carrick-on-Suir to Waterford Road Piltown, noted for its agricultural college, Kildalton, is situated on the banks of the River Pill. FIDDOWN UNION Saint Paul’s Church, Piltown: 1st Sunday 9.30 a.m. (MP) 2nd Sunday 9.30 a.m. (HC) 3rd Sunday 11.00 a.m. (MP) or All Age Worship 4th Sunday […]

Clonmel

Clonmel Union website: http://www.oldstmarysclonmelunion.blogspot.ie/     Clonmel is situated 13 miles from Carrick-on-Suir and 23 miles from Waterford City on the banks of the River Suir. Clonmel is most famous for the Showerings Company, producing Bulmer’s Cider. There are five churches in the Union: St Mary’s, Clonmel,  Inishlounght (St Patrick), St Paul’s, Cahir, Holy Trinity, Fethard and Tullaghmeelan […]

Waterford Cathedral websitehttp://www.christchurchwaterford.com/ and http://www.christchurchwaterford.com/community

History

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Waterford Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Christ Church was built on a site of Christian worship which dates back to 1050 and probably before.

The first church on this site was built in the 11th Century, probably around the time the previously pagan Vikings had become Christian and had affiliated themselves to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

By 1210 the Normans had taken over Waterford and they built a new Gothic Cathedral in 1210. However by the 18th Century, the progressive City Corporation of the time regarded this Gothic Cathedral as being very old fashioned and recommended to the Bishop that a new one should be constructed.

The Interior It is said that Bishop Chenevix was none to happy with the idea so a little ruse had to be used to ‘help’ him change his mind. Some potential builders had arranged for rubble to fall in the Bishops path as he walked through the Church, sufficiently close to give him a shock or two!

After a couple of narrow escapes Chenevix decided that a new Cathedral was a must. In 1773 the Norman Gothic Cathedral came down, and the present Cathedral was begun in 1773 and was completed in 1779 at a total cost of £5,397. This new building which is the present cathedral has been described as the finest 18th century ecclesiastical building in Ireland (by Mark Girouard, a noted architectural historian).

There are three other churches in the Union in Dunmore East, Tramore and Annestown.

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Christ Church, Tramore (Drumcannon)


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St Andrew’s, Dunmore East


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St John the Baptist Church Annestown (Dunhill)

Abbeyleix & Killermogh Union

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/abbeyleixandkillermogh ———————————– For 5th Sunday services, Easter, Christmas and month of August contact the Rector Abbeyleix, notable for the quality of its preserved historical buildings, was founded as an estate town by Viscount de Vesci. The house of the de Vesci family and the Church of Ireland Church were built by James Wyatt, […]

Baltinglass

Baltinglass Group of parishes is centered on the River Slaney in counties Wicklow and Carlow and contains the ruins of Baltinglass Abbey (Cistercian, founded 1148 A.D.)       BALTINGLASS GROUP Ballynure Church of the Ascension: 9 a.m. every Sunday St Mary’s Church, Baltinglass: 11.20 a.m. every Sunday Stratford St John the Baptist Church: 2nd […]

Carlow

Carlow Union of Parishes is a Union of three churches, in North County Carlow, in the Diocese of Leighlin. Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/carlowunion CARLOW UNION– Service times Staplestown Church: 9.30 a.m. St Mary’s Church, Carlow: 10.45 a.m. Rutland Church, Urglin: 12.00 Fifth Sunday: varies For further information contact Rev. David White, Rector. T: 059 913 2565 […]

Dunleckney

Dunleckney Union of parishes centre on Bagenalstown on the river Barrow. Dunleckney Union website: http://www.dunleckneyparish.ie/ There are four churches in the Union: St Mary’s, Bagenalstown St John’s, Nurney The Good Shepherd, Lorum St Peter’s, Killedmond DUNLECKNEY UNION Please check details on www.dunleckneyparish.ie Family services are every 4th Sunday and rotate between each church St Mary’s Church, […]

Fenagh

Fenagh Union of parishes is situated around the towns of Tullow and Bagenalstown. The church at Myshall is famed for replica of Salisbury Cathedral in miniature.   There are four churches in the Union: All Saints’, Fenagh Christ the Redeemer, Myshall (Adelaide Memorial) All Saints’, Agahde Holy Trinity, Ardoyne FENAGH GROUP Note: Service times vary […]

Kiltegan

The picturesque group includes the town of Hacketstown and sheep farming country at the base of the Wicklow mountains KILTEGAN GROUP St John’s Church, Moyne: 9.30 a.m. 1st & 3rd Sundays HC 2nd & 4th Sundays MP St John the Baptist Church, Hacketstown: 10.45 a.m. 1st & 3rd Sundays HC 2nd & 4th Sundays MP St Peter’s […]

Leighlin

Leighlin website: http://www.saintlaserianscathedral-parishes.ie/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Laserians-Cathedral-and-the-Leighlin-Union-of-Parishes/200026636680660 Leighlin Union of Parishes, with St Laserian’s Cathedral which was begun c1152-1181, and was largely complete towards the end of the 13th century. All situated south of Carlow There are four churches in the Union: St Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin Paulstown Church, Shankill Borris Goresbridge (Grange Sylvae) LEIGHLIN UNION 1st […]

Portlaoise

Portlaoise and Ballyfin Union of Parishes. Portlaoise Group of Parishes with St Peter’s Church which is situated in the centre of the busy town of Portlaoise with its hospital and prison.     PORTLAOISE GROUP The Rock Holy Trinity Church: 9.30 a.m. St Peter’s Church, Portlaoise: 10.45 a.m. Ballyfin Church: 12.00 noon Rector: Rev. Brian […]

Stradbally

Stradbally Union of parishes nestles in the heart of Co. Laois. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StradballyUnionOfParishes The village is internationally known for its music festival. ‘The Electric Picnic’, and also its annual steam rally. There are five churches in the Union: St Patrick’s Stradbally St Brigid’s, Ballintubbert St Peter’s Coraclone St Mogue’s, Timogue Church of the Resurrection, […]

Tullow

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tullow-Group-of-Parishes/220324784721276 TULLOW GROUP  (3 churches in County Wicklow) *St Michael’s Church, Aghold: 10.00 a.m. *Mullinacuffe Church: 10.00 a.m. *Shillelagh Church: 11.15 a.m. St Columba’s Church, Tullow: 11.30 a.m. Rector: Rev. Andrew Orr (for 5th Sunday detail contact rector on 059 91 514817) Tullow Group of Parishes covers Tullow, the second largest town in Co. […]

Killeshin

Killeshin Union is in a wide area at the geographical crossroads between counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny and Laois. Killeshin website: http://killeshinunion.com/about/ KILLESHIN UNION Killeshin Church (Graiguecullen) 1st and 3rd Sundays 10.00 a.m. Cloydagh Church: 2nd and 4th Sun 10.00 a.m. Castletown Church: 1st and 3rd Sun 11.30 a.m. Mayo Church: 2nd and 4th Sundays 11.30 a.m. […]