Saturday, 18 April 2015


Third Sunday of Easter
           Sunday 19th April 2015    

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 20th April: 3rd week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am –  Peggy O’Sullivan - Glencreagh

Tues. 21st April: 3rd week of Easter:
Bantry:       10am: Jeremiah McCarthy – Blackrock Terrace

Wed. 22nd  April: 3rd week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am Sheila O’Mahony – High Street
Hospital Chapel:
5.30pm  Jim & Mary Burke - Droumaduneen 
Thurs. 23rd  April: 3rd week of Easter:
Bantry: 10.30am: Gaelscoil Confirmation                             
Friday 24th  April: 3rd week of Easter:
Bantry: 10am  John Sullivan - Reendonegan
Kealkil: 7.30pm Timothy & Mary O’Leary –
Sat. 25th  April: St. Mark - Evangelist:
Hospital:  10am: Tommy Barry - Derryvahalla
Bantry:     6.15pm Conor Morrissey - Newtown

Sun. 26th April: Fourth Sunday of  Easter:
Bantry:    9am  Junior McCarthy – Colomane East
Coomhola: 10am: J.D. & Eileen Harrington –
Kealkil:11am  Mary Murphy - Cahirmounteen
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish     

                                      Baptisms in Bantry Parish

Beginning May 2015 there will be Baptisms in Kealkil Church only on the second Sunday of each month at 11.45am.
Baptisms will be held every Saturday at 4pm in Bantry Church.
For the time being there will be no Baptisms  in Coomhola Church.

Celebrating and praying for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life. Pope Francis has designated this year – the Year for Consecrated Life – so we invite the priests, religious and people of the Diocese to join together to give thanks for the vocations of the past, to celebrate the vocations in our diocese today and to pray in hope for vocations of the future in our Diocesan liturgy on Friday 24th April  at 7:30pm at Saint Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork. All welcome

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives & friends of

Betty (Bridget) Murray
(née Sugrue)
Ballylickey, Bantry

Sylvia Magner (née Cotter)
Newtown Bantry
May they rest in peace

The Second Annual Mass and Blessing for People With Parkinsons, their families and friends will take place at St. Patricks Church, Rochestown Road, Cork on Monday 20th April at 7.00 p.m.  All  Welcome.

Confirmation Day 2015:
Monsignor O’Callaghan will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the Children of Gaelscoil Bheanntraí at 10.30am on Thursday, 23rd April next.
Please note that there will be no 10am Mass in Bantry Church that morning.

 Recent Parish Weddings:
We congratulate Ciarah Gosai (Chistlehurst, Kent, UK) & Matt Cooke (Northampton, UK) who were married in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry, on Saturday 11th April 2015.   We wish Ciarah & Matt long & happy lives together

Come and see: Priesthood in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. An open invitation is extended to men over 18 who are interested in knowing more about being  a priest in our Diocese to come to an afternoon information session on this Sunday 19th April from 2:30pm to 5:30pm  at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Montenotte, Cork
Further details from Canon Bertie O’Mahony  021 4346940   or    
Fr Tom Deenihan  021 4301717. 

Cork ARC Cancer Support House are delighted to announce that with the assistance of Bantry Hospice, they will be extending their services into West Cork with the opening of a new support centre at ‘The Bungalow’, Gories in Bantry, Co Cork. The new centre in Bantry opened on Tuesday 14 April 2015.
For many years people from West Cork have been travelling to Cork for cancer support services and having this new centre in Bantry will help to avoid these long journeys. The Bantry centre will serve the needs of the local community as well as the wider regions of West Cork from Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Skibbereen, Sheep’s Head, Mizen and Beara Peninsulas and their islands, and beyond to Kenmare, South Kerry.
At the support centre in Bantry visitors can expect to receive a warm welcome from one of the trained volunteers in a tranquil, safe, and home-like atmosphere.  All services are provided free of charge and include massage, reflexology and counselling by appointment.
The support centre will be open on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm when anyone affected by cancer can telephone or drop in, without an appointment, and talk in confidence with one of the trained volunteer listeners. Contact: Patricia Lyne Tel: 083 1988580 or email:

Bantry Parish & Friends  Pilgrimage to Lourdes 22nd – 27th September 2015
Accompanied by Spiritual Director:
Fr. Martin Keohane P.P. Ex-Cork.
Accommodation at the Agena Hotel
Please see Church Porches for details

BANTRY BLUES LADIES GAA - Training for u-7 and u-8 girls  has now commenced on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 to 6.30 in Wolfe Tone Park.  All girls born from 2008 onwards are welcome

Bingo  with  A Jackpot  at  Mealagh  Valley  Hall  on Thursday  April  23rd. at  8.30P.M..  Usual Bus  Service  will run. All  are  Welcome.   Your  Support  is  greatly  appreciated.

TABLE QUIZ: MEALAGH VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH, 8:30pm CHLOÉ MULHALL FUNDRAISER FOR NURSING VOLUNTEERING. €30 per table of 4. Lots of money & raffle prizes to be won. Please contact Chloé on 0861699754 if you require any further details. Thank you for everyone who attended my previous Bingo fundraiser. It was a great success! I would also like to thank all the local businesses for all their support, John Connolly for all of his help and The WestLodge Hotel their hospitality.

DROMCLOUGH N.S.will be holding a ‘’New and Used Clothing Collection” fundraising event on Friday 24th of April. You can drop bags to the school at 9.30am on the morning of the collection. They will collect women’s, men’s and children’s clothes; household linens, footwear, bags and belts. For more information please ring 027-50868

Daffodil Day Success: The people of Bantry once again excelled in their generosity on Daffodil Day, raising €5,670 for the Irish Cancer Society. Maria Power who organised the day thanks all the volunteers & everyone who gave so generously to this worthy cause

Offertory Collection:
Bantry: Weekend 11th/12th April: €1986.
A Special collection for Diocesan Needs will take place on this weekend, April 18th / 19th.  This collection helps cover running costs for the Diocese.

ACCORD Marriage Education Facilitator: Are you interested in becoming a facilitator with Ireland’s leading provider of marriage preparation programmes? Would you like, as part of a team to meet couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church? Our training will provide you with a Special Purpose Award from the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Accord facilitators work as part of a team, encouraging couples to engage in conversation with each other, discuss  relevant topics & consider future plans. This is all done in a secure, confidential, non-threatening environment.  He/she will facilitate group activities and discussions. Anyone interested in working with Accord as a facilitator please contact Bantry Accord on 027-50272 or email

Tidy Towns AGM takes place on Tues. 21st April at 8pm in  the Maritime Hotel.
New Members very welcome.

Renovation Fund Update as at 31st December 2014

Costs of Renovations to Parish Church's




Total Cost


Parish Deposit Account

(Inclusive of substantial Donation from

estate of Parishoner)


Balance outstanding before Fundraising

Donations from Parishoners

(Fundraising Appeal)


Proceeds from Concert


Shortfall - need to be raised

BANTRY BLUES LADIES GAA - Training for u-7 and u-8 girls  has now commenced on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 to 6.30 in Wolfe Tone Park.  All girls born from 2008 onwards are welcome


Second Sunday of Easter 
(Divine Mercy Sunday)
12th April 2015

Calendar: Mass Times and Intentions :–

Mon. 13th April: Easter Monday:
Bantry: 10am –  Patrick Kelleher – Cappabue, Kealkil

Tues. 14th April: Easter Tuesday:
Bantry:       10am: Dr. Jerry & Nancy O’Mahony – Blackrock Terrace

Wed. 15th April: Easter Wednesday:
Bantry: 10am                 Finola Doody
Hospital: 5.30pm  P.J. Cyriac (2nd anniversary) & deceased members of the Puthoopara Mbil Family 

Thurs. 16th  April: Easter Thursday:
Bantry: 10am:       Kathleen O’Mahony – Hayes, UK                                
Friday 17th  April: Easter Friday
Bantry: 10am  Nora Hayes & Jer & Mary O’Brien –
Kealkil: 7.30pm Margaret O’Sullivan - Gortloughera 
Sat. 18th April: Easter Saturday:
Hospital:  10am: John & Ellen McGrath – Church Road
Bantry:     6.15pm Maurice O’Keeffe - Donemark

Sun. 19th April: Second Sunday of  Easter:
Bantry:    9am  John Downey – Dromduve, Ballylickey
Coomhola: 10am: Christy Cronin - Ardnacloughy
Kealkil:11am  Jerome Minehane - Lisheens
Bantry:    12noon  People of the Parish

Easter Ceremonies
We thank you all for your involvement in our Easter Ceremonies. We thank especially all who participated in the ceremonies and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed in any way.
Easter is a time of joy and many blessings and we hope that that this Easter has found you fulfilled, happy and healthy.
We pray every blessing on all parishioners and especially on all children who are soon to receive the Sacraments; that you will be strengthened by God’s Holy Spirit in Confirmation, and be nourished by the gift of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
We, the priests of the Parish, thank you very sincerely for your generous financial support in the Easter collection and for your ongoing prayerful support always.
Fr. Martin & Fr. Sean 

As we recall in today’s Gospel the story of Christ’s appearance to his disciples – and the absent Thomas’s disbelief when the others told him – we might also call to mind the special association that Ireland has with Thomas’s eventual proclamation of faith. In the new Missal, issued after the Second Vatican Council, provision was made for a number of memorial acclamations to be used by the whole Church. However, the Irish bishops petitioned for a special dispensation to use one extra acclamation that was traditionally dear to the Irish people: this was simply Thomas’s profession of ‘My Lord and my God!’.
 Salvador Ryan - St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Bantry Parish Accounts
Income & Expenditure as at 31st December 2014

Income                                                                  €

Offertory Collections                                      134,089
Diocesan Quarterly Collections                          6,605
Donations & Bequests                                          760
Shrines                                                            32,270
Rental Income                                                   4,469
Weddings                                                          3,200
Insurance Claim Received                                4,036

Total Income                                                185,429


Salaries incl. PAYE/PRSI                               41,714
Priests for Supply                                               2,450
Books/Mags/Directories                                     2,739
Candles/Altar Cloth/Flowers                          32,303
Insurance                                                            9,942
Security                                                                639
Telephone/Computer/Post & Stationery           4,338
Light & Heat                                                   23,029
Repairs / Maintenance & Cleaning                 62,684
Rent/Rates/ Service Charges                             1,002
Professional Fees                                                 787
Computer & Website Costs                              1,907
Bantry Interest & Charges                                   857
Confirmation Expenses                                     1,677
School Expenses – Inchaclough                      1,207
Parish Assembly/Room Hire/Training                 171
Property Tax                                                        225
Diocesan Contributions
Diocesan Fund                                                13,950
Benevolent Fund                                            11,159
Diocesan Quarterly                                           8,705

Total Expenditure                                                     221,485                                                                                                                                                       _______  

Net Loss                                                             -36,056

Died Recently:
We extend our prayers & sympathy to the families, relatives & friends of

Noel Daly
- Derryvahalla, Bantry

Esther Mullins (nee O’Shea)
(Dreenbuí, Glengarriff & Bantry),

May they rest in peace

Spring Stations
Wednesday 15th April @ 8pm
– Brendan & Helen O’Keeffe:
Gorteen, Beach, Cappanaloha, Dromreig, Dunbittern, Shanavalla, Dromacusane, Dromcloch, Ardihoulihane, Aghahogeen,

Youth2000 Retreat Killarney
24th – 26th of April the next Youth2000 retreat is being held in Killarney Co. Kerry. Please feel very welcome to join us for prayer, music, worship and friendship. If you are between the ages of 16 and 35 this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your faith,     or simply meet people your age.

Bantry Defibrillator Group members will be doing CPR demonstrations
on Monday evening April 13th at 8pm in the Ouvanne Falls Hotel Ballylickey.
We will be teaching new members how to perform good CPR and how to use a defibrillator. All are welcome to come along and learn these life saving skills.

45  Progressive   Card    Drive  at Mealagh   Valley   Hall  on Saturday  April  18th.  at  9.00P.M.  .  Your   Support is Greatly   Appreciated.     All  are  Most  Welcome.

Bantry Basketball Club  - Dates for the Diary
AGM: Friday 17th April Boys Club at 7pm
Please come & support your child &the club.
Flagday Collection: Sat. 18th April (9am-6pm)
We are looking for parents to give one hour.
Basketball Awards Presentation Evening: Sunday 19th April @ 4pm in the Mariner
Registration for next season will also take place this evening.

Tidy Towns Annual Spring Clean takes place on Tuesday 14th April. Meeting at the Square at 7.30pm by the Fountain on the Square.
All are welcome.