Solemnity of the Assumption: Thursday 15th August 2019

Holy Day of Obligation, celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

Mass times: Vigil on Wednesday 14th in St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara at 7pm; morning Mass on Thursday in St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara at 10am; outdoor Mass at the Grotto outside Ballinderreen Church on Thursday evening at 7pm.

Cruinniú na mBád, Kinvara, 2019

Special thanks to all who helped with the Mass: Choir and Musicians, Sacristans, Readers, Altar Servers, Ministers of the Eucharist, Sound Technicians, those who set up the chairs and other practical arrangements, and to Mike Burke of the Pier Head Restaurant for a lot of work in the preparations and setting up.
Here are some photographic memories of this year’s 40th anniversary Cruinniú:

The annual Cruinniú na mBád was held in Kinvara from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August 2019. This was the 40th anniversary of the first Cruinniú. Cruinniú na mBád celebrates the links between Kinvara and Connemara and the distinctive Galway Hooker boats which carried turf from Connemara to Kinvara and other provisions then in the other direction.
On the Friday evening, Dr Michael Brogan, chair of the Cruinniú gave a talk about the history of Cruinniú, outling the reasons for its foundation 40 years ago and fondly remembering those involved in starting it.
The activity at Parkmore Pier on Saturday, in inclement weather.
Mass was celebrated at the Pier on Sunday at 12 noon, with Fr Hugh Clifford, PP, as celebrant. The weather cleared up beautifully just on time.
Part of the congregation at the Mass.
Maeve Cairney, Cantor of St Colman’s Church, Kinvara, singing at the Mass.
Phil Moylan reading at the Mass.
Anna Casey-Donohue leading the Prayer of the Faithful at the Mass.
Stan Mac Eoin reading at the Mass.
Mary Keane, Maeve Cairney, Teresa Kavanagh (Director of Kinvara Parish Choir), and Máire O’Keefe during one of the hymns at the Mass.
The blessing of the boats by Fr Hugh Clifford P.P.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Cruinniú na mBád, a memorial to the Cruinniú co-founder, Tony Moylan, by the sculptor John Coll, was unveiled.
The Jack Donohue Cup competition for horse-shoe throwing took place during the Cruinniú. The photo shows Jack Donohue, the sacristan of St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara, and his nephew John Donohue, in action at the event.
Jack Donohue being interviewed by the media about the horse-shoe throwing competition.
There was a fly-over by the Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter.
A Galway hooker taking part.
A scene from during the racing.


Cruinniú na mBád 2019: Mass

Just in case of any confusion, please note that the 10.30am Mass in St Colman’s Church, Ballinderreen, will be celebrated as normal. It’s the Mass in St Colman’s Church, Kinvara, that is moved.

Thanks from Franciscan Brothers

Brother Brian Johnson has written to express thanks for the generosity of the parishioners of Ballinderreen and Kinvara to his mission appeal for the Franciscan Brothers last weekend. See his letter here.