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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

Online services this weekend




The guidelines

As well as the previous public health guidelines that still stand – social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitising, opening windows and doors and not gathering around church doors or gates this extra information was given two weeks ago:

Pods of 50 may be permitted

Where the size of the premises or place of worship allows for a capacity of greater than50, this may be permitted only where:

 social distancing guidelines are adhered to;

 the premises can be sub–divided into distinct sections (cordoned or

marked appropriately) of not more than 50 persons in each section;

 there is a minimum of 4 metres between sections;

 each section has its own entrance and exit route;

 there are separate arrangements for elements of the service involving

close contact, for example in the distribution of Holy Communion;

 there is strictly no movement of people between sections before,

during or after the service; and

 the premises is well–ventilated.

Funerals capped at 50 regardless of size of premises

There is an increased risk of transmission of the virus where families and communities come together following the death of a loved one.  Therefore, numbers at funeral services (and also weddings) is capped at 50 regardless of size of premises.

Notwithstanding the increase in numbers permitted, funerals are still considered private family events and arrangements should not be advertised in newspapers or online.

Funeral services should continue to be live–streamed to help reduce numbers attending.

Attendance at wakes in private homes and at funeral homes remains unchanged i.e. immediate family only and people should be discouraged from queuing to pay respects.  

Singing solo is allowed subject to compliance

As with previous re–opening for religious services, congregational singing and choir singing is not permitted.  Solo singing with an accompanist is permitted subject to compliance with detailed guidance, available at this link.

Outdoor Worship is not permitted in line with Government restrictions on organised outdoor gatherings.

Drive–in Religious Services may take place outside places of worship (e.g. in a church car park) where all attendees remain in their vehicles and there is no sharing of a vehicle outside the family unit.

Use of religious premises for any other purposes, parochial activities, or community meetings etc. is not permitted in line with Government restrictions on organised indoor gatherings.


These changes were announced today, 28th May 2021:

From 2 June

Activity Guidance
Accommodation services (hotels, B&Bs, hostels and self-catering) Can reopen with services restricted to overnight guests

From 7 June

Activity Guidance
Visitors to your home If you are an unvaccinated household you can have visitors from 1 other unvaccinated household inside your home. Vaccine bonus remains in place for vaccinated households
Weddings 25 people can attend a wedding celebration or reception
Sport Outdoor sports matches can take place
Gyms and training Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centres can reopen for individual training only
Restaurants and bars Outdoor services can reopen
Organised outdoor events Maximum of 100 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 200 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
Live events Pilot events to take place

From 5 July (subject to the public health situation at the time)

Activity Guidance
Visitors to your home You can have visitors from up to 3 other households inside your home
Weddings 50 people can attend a wedding celebration or reception
Organised indoor events Maximum of 50 attendees at the majority of venues. Maximum of 100 can attend events in larger venues with strict public health measures in place
Organised outdoor events Maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues. Maximum of 500 for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5,000
  • Keep an eye on for further clarifications and guidelines in the coming days and weeks.



As churches re-open some rectors are continuing online services for the moment and others are not. Please see the information below for details from some parishes but also check the FB and website links in other parishes to find out about changes in that union/group of parishes. Remember that you don’t have to have a Facebook account to view services on this platform.


Discontinuing Zoom services


Baltinglass will continue with 10.15 a.m. live Facebook every Sunday


Bunclody Union will continue to upload a Service of Morning Prayer from St Mary’s Rectory. Bunclody from midnight, each Sunday morning. This can be accessed via the YouTube website (by searching for the channel. ‘Rev Trevor Sargent’) and also on the Bunclody Union of ParishesFacebook page.


Discontinuing online services


Continuing as before


With the return to public worship there will no longer be regular weekday or Sunday services online, however please remain subscribed as there will be occasional online services in the Clonenagh Group of Parishes broadcast on YouTube at and school assemblies will continue to be broadcast weekly online.
Rev. Victor


The Rector I will be continuing the 1pm Online service while she assess the need for it going forward.


The rector hopes to record a service and have it available on Facebook


Online services continuing each day

Matins 9.30 a.m.:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday  on Facebook and parish Whatsapp group

Holy Communion:  Wednesday (time to be confirmed) on Facebook, parish Whatsapp group and on the parish Webcam.

‘Thought for the Week’:  Posted up every Monday morning after Matins.   On Facebook and parish Whatsapp group



The list below (in alphabetical order of parishes) gives details of online services available in this diocese this week (links included).


Online services at 11 a.m. each Sunday See this FB page for details

The Reverend Canon Patrick Harvey



Zoom service discontinuing


Sunday services will be broadcast via FB live on

Also regular meditations on YouTube

At least one prayer at each service is in Irish

The Reverend Máirt Hanley


The Reverend Trevor Sargent’s online services are available via his YouTube channel

or in search for Reverend Trevor Sargent and you will be brought to his channel.

Services go live from 12 midnight on each Saturday night.


Online service discontinuing


Sundays – A direct link to the podcast of Morning Prayer on Sunday is posted on the Parish Website each week under Digital Service on the home page. A link is also available on the parish’s Facebook page each week, and can be emailed out along with the parish Pew Sheet to anyone wishing to be added to our mailing list by emailing

The Very Reverend Gerald Field


With the return to public worship there will no longer be regular weekday or Sunday services online, however please remain subscribed as there will be occasional online services in the Clonenagh Group of Parishes broadcast on YouTube at and school assemblies will continue to be broadcast weekly online.
Rev. Victor


The Reverend Canon Barbara Fryday is continuing her online service on Sundays via Soundcloud. The Clonmel Union of Parishes’ act of worship for this Sunday can be accessed via a link on the parish’s Faceboook page

or website

Canon Barbara Fryday


The Reverend Kevin Ronné

The times are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Saturday 6 p.m.
See the following for information:

The Reverend Kevin Ronné


Enniscorthy & Monart services via webcam.

Live service at 10.30 a.m. each Thursday and 11.30 a.m. each Sunday. No option for playback at the moment so must be watched live.

Services can be viewed from and find St. Marys, Enniscorthy.

Or the link can be found on our FB page and parish website

The Reverend Nicola Halford


Ferns Union of Parishes now has its own YouTube channel. Click on this link:

or search for Ferns Union of Parishes on the YouTube search bar.

The Very Reverend Dr Paul Mooney


There will be an on-line service from Gorey uploaded each Saturday evening to the parish Facebook page for the period of Level 5.


The Reverend Canon Mark Hayden


Online services and on CDs are carrying on as normal.

Services of Morning Prayer and Compline available on Sundays and at any time on the parish website – click on link to SoundCloud on

Also reflections.

As well as church services now being available again:

“By going onto the parish website you can find a link that gives different listening options. You can listen to a Full Service recorded by myself with all aspects of a service of Morning Prayer. Or you have the options of listening to, Just the hymns, Just the liturgy, Just the prayers, Just the readings or Just the Talk.

These six options along with a Service of Compline are recorded onto CDs and are available for anyone who can’t obtain internet or would simply prefer a CD.”

Canon Ian Cruickshank

Canon Ian also provides a reflection for the Sounds for Sunday requests programme on South East Radio between 9 and 10 a.m.

*****Send requests for Sounds for Sunday to presenter Patricia McNally on


The Reverend Robert Stotesbury is now providing Sunday services via the Killeshin Group of Parishes FB page.



Evensong is broadcast every Sunday evening at 5.30 p.m. on Community Radio Kilkenny City 88.7 fm and live on their website

An audio link to this service is also uploaded to the Kilkenny Parish Union FB address below.

For details of services see


The Very Reverend David McDonnell


Sunday services at 10.30 a.m. are being broadcast via

also daily services:

Weekly Wednesday service at 7.30 p.m. livestreamed on FB. On all other weekdays during Lent and Holy Week there will be a short prayer service to start the day each morning at 7 a.m. (available to view throughout the week)

The Very Reverend Tom Gordon


Services are held each Sunday by Zoom (alternating Sundays :  Morning Prayer 11.00 am & Compline 5.30 pm).

Liturgies and Reflections for each Sunday at

Videos and Guided Meditations for Lent & Holy Week also on Website.

Also FB and YouTube channel links:

The Very Reverend Paul Draper


FB and YouTube links:




The Reverend Alec Purser

The Reverend Janet Finlay – Ordained Local Minister


Stradbally Union Co. Laois

Weekly service uploaded to YouTube and Facebook at 10.00 for Oct 18th and Oct 25th

All posted on FB:

See also the parish’s YouTube channel:


The Reverend Alec Purser



1 p.m. Sunday on Facebook live – This service is continuing.

Live streamed via

The Venerable Ruth Elmes

(occasionally with assistance from ‘Eile’ and/or ‘Betsy’)


An online service will be available each Sunday morning from 9.30 a.m. on the YouTube channel entitled Services: Thurles Templemore and Kilfithmone

This is the link:


The Reverend Canon Brian O’Rourke will be continuing to broadcast a live service from

Tullow Group of Parishes each Sunday

See this FB page for details


Now also on YouTube


Our service is available each Saturday at midnight

Link to YouTube channel:

A PRAYER AT BREAKFAST reflection each morning at 8 a.m. is also available

or see

The Very Reverend Maria Jansson


St Iberius church now has a webcam installed. Sunday service is at 11.15 a.m. and there is a Wednesday Holy Communion service also at 1 p.m. via webcam You can view the services at these time by clicking

Matins also broadcast via FB each day on


Sundays @ 9.30 a.m. the Reverend Conor O Reilly broadcasts a service of Holy Communion live on his Facebook page

Ministry to Schools:

A Thought for the Week, Monday during term time, 10.00 a.m., Chancellor Arthur Minion, live on his Facebook page

School Assembly, Friday during term time, 12.00 noon the Reverend Conor O Reilly, live on his Facebook page


For other Church of Ireland services around the country that you can link in with please click on the following:

Link to for details of services available online nationally. Click on Online broadcast services for Sundays and for weekdays.

Also, the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER can be accessed on line on the Church of Ireland’s national website on the Worship Resources, 2004 Texts page: here




South East Radio

Christian Media Trust’s Sounds For Sunday




 For Sounds for Sunday programme is



CHRISTIAN MEDIA TRUST PROGRAMMES on South East Radio 95.2-96.4fm

Saturday 29th May – Tuesday 1st June



Simply Divine Saturday 29th May 10.04am – 10.30am

Maria Colfer speaks with James Caulfield on his vision for monastic cells and how this could hugely impact our world today.


Sounds For Sunday 30th May 9.04am – 10.00am

Sounds for Sunday, is presented by Patricia McNally, with reflection from Reverend Canon Ian Cruickshank, and includes requests, hymns and sacred songs.


Send requests for Sounds for Sunday to presenter Patricia McNally on


 For Sounds for Sunday programme is




Sunday Celebration 30th May 10.00am

Reverend Canon Ian Cruickshank



️Sunday Reflection 30th May 8.30pm – 9pm

Fr Billy Swan shares reflection and music on the reality of human wounds.



Music Box Mon 31st May 8.04pm – 8.30pm

Caroline O’Connor treats us to a selection of musical favourites.



Faith Matters Mon 31st May 8.30pm- 9pm

Betty Breen shares an insight on ‘The Tree of Life’.



️Mission Impossible Tues 1st June 8.04pm – 8.30pm

Anne Cousins speaks with Fr. Martin Pender on the topic of Virtue and Vice.




Dean Gerald Field of Cashel presents Midweek Musings on this station on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 – 7 p.m.  Tipperary Mid West Radio is a community radio station serving Tipperary town, Cashel, and south Co. Tipperary on 104.8fm, 106.7fm and online.

Check out


Canon Barbara Fryday, rector of Clonmel Union of Parishes presents the Sunday Life programme once every 5 weeks on Tipp FM 97.1 between 7 – 8 a.m.



Heidi Good and Fr. Willie Purcell alternate as presenters of Spirit Alive on Saturday

Community Radio Kilkenny City 88.7fm


Also don’t forget to listen live/listen back to:

SOULWAVES the organisation that distributes spiritually-focused audio to stations round the country. Lots of topical clips to listen to each week. This week – a tribute to John Hume who died this week.

RTE’s religious programmes by clicking

Spirit Radio – listen by clicking on as well.  You can download the app on your phone also so that you can listen anywhere.