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

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