Happy Feast of Saint Colman

Statue of Saint Colman in Saint Colman’s Church, Kinvara

Happy Feast of Saint Colman, 29th October, to all in Ballinderreen Parish and Kinvara Parish!
Saint Colman was born around 570 in Corker, near Kiltartan Cross. His mother was Rhinagh and his father, Duagh, hence the name St Colman Mac Duagh. He was the founder and Bishop of the Diocese of Kilmacduagh, that is, the Church of Mac Duach and he lived in the late 6th and early 7th centuries, a time that was seen as a golden age of Ireland’s holiness and when monastic life was flourishing. While young, Colman went to Inis Mór in the Aran Islands to learn the spirituality of the hermit Saints, seeking union with God in contemplative prayer. He built two Churches there. After that, he spent 7 years in prayer and penance as a hermit in the forests that then covered the Burren in County Clare. Colman lived in penance and contemplation with a mouse to wake him up, a cock to keep time, and a fly to mark his place in his book while reading. So he was a bit like St Francis later in his love of animals and God’s creation. He corresponded with St Colmcille of Iona for advice.
Colman lived austerely and he had an assistant to help him who also lived this kind of life. But one year on Easter Sunday, Colman and his assistant had very little to eat. The assistant began to lose heart and he complained that their life was so severe that they were stuck with such austerity even on the Church’s day of Resurrection joy. So Colman prayed to God to supply a feast to give some consolation to his assistant.
King Guaire, after whom the present Dun Guaire Castle is named, was Colman’s cousin, and he became King of Connacht at the beginning of the 7th century and he had his residence in Kinvara where Dun Guaire Castle is now. That Easter Sunday, King Guaire was with his chieftans were having a lavish banquet at his stronghold in Kinvara. King Guaire was a devout man, so he prayed a Grace before Meals. He prayed in these words, ‘O would that it pleased Heaven that this banquet were set before some servants of God who require it, as for us, we might easily be provided with another.’ Immediately, the dishes lifted by themselves from the table and flew out the window. The King’s retinue and all the people of the area ran after them to see where they were going, and the dishes went all the way as far as Colman and his assistant and were set down in front of them. The King and his people were astonished. The assistant said to St Colman, ‘O Father, behold the reward of your patience. Let us thankfully partake of the food sent us by our good God.’ The approach road to that area became known as Bóthar na Mias, ‘The Road of the Dishes,’ and it’s nice that a housing estate in Kinvara now has that name to remember the story.
King Guaire was actually a holy man himself and he very impressed by Colman’s sanctity and he asked Colman to come out of his solitude to bring the faith to the territory in South Galway and to found a monastery. St Colman founded the monastery of Kilmacduagh, around 610. As Bishop, had a Cathedral built there. He preached the faith and converted many people in this South Galway area. The faith flourished in the area under his guidance, and several religious houses were built. At the end of his life, Colman returned to the Burren, to the Valley of Oughtmama, to focus solely again on becoming close to God, to prepare for his death. He died on 29th October 632, the date that became his feast day, and he was buried at Kilmacduagh.

Funeral of Bernard Murphy, Carrowgarriff, Kinvara

Reposing at the Corless Funeral Home, Kinvara on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 from 5pm until 8pm. Funeral Mass in St Colman’s Church, Kinvara on Wednesday at 12 noon. (Removal to the Church in the morning.) Burial after in Mount Cross Cemetery.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Funeral of Mary Ryan (née Burke), Killina, Kinvara

Reposing at her home on Thursday, 10th October 2019 from 2pm until 8pm. Funeral Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara on Friday at 12 noon. Burial after in Rakerin Cemetery, Kilbeacanty, Gort.

‘Saints of God, come to her aid. Receive her soul and present her to God the Most High.’

Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Dedication of St Colman’s Church, Kinvara: Evening of Music, History, and Song

Some highlights from the Evening of Music, History, and Song, held in Kinvara Community Centre on Saturday 21st September 2019, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Dedication of St Colman’s Church, Kinvara. Thank you to all who put such great work into the preparation for and staging of this memorable and enjoyable event, and to all who attended.

A view of the audience before the evening began.
John Conneely was the compere for the evening.
Kinvara School of Traditional Music and Culture performing.
Máire O’Keefe, Director of Kinvara School of Traditional Music and Culture, performing.
Maeve Cairney and Fiona Corless Baldwin performing. They were accompanied on piano by Martina King.
Operating the sound desk were Declan Cairney and Gerry Wallace.
Áine O’Connell gave a presentation on the history of St Colman’s Church, based on the research by her husband Jeff O’Connell in the papers of Bishop Nicholas Archdeacon, whose determination resulted in the building of the Church.
Students from Seamount College performing. They were directed by Ms. Sinéad O’Reilly.
Some of the members of Kinvara ICA and friends who prepared tea and refreshments for the large crowd in attendance.

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