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Whoever you may be…
A regular parishioner who feels truly at home here… A member of the Parish who hasn’t been here for a long while…
A visitor attending a Baptism, Wedding, Funeral, Confirmation or First Holy Communion… A visitor to the area staying with family or friends…
A fellow Christian seeking an oasis of welcome and prayer… A fellow human in search of hope, healing or consolation…
And perhaps, like most of us here, looking for Acceptance… Support… Understanding… Compassion… and Community…
Welcome! Fáilte!
Year Of Prayer For Vocations To The Diocesan Priesthood – click here


Please see our special page dedicated to our 2023 examination students. We hope it will be a source of warmth and support and perhaps even inspiration to those preparing for and taking examinations around this time.


A sincere word of thanks and gratitude to so many people in the Parish who were involved in the celebration of the Liturgies of Holy Week. Particular thanks to our Sacristans, Choirs, Organists, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Parish Office Staff, Flower Arrangers, those who take care of cleaning the Churches and the linens, the Volunteers who took part in the Outdoor Stations of the Cross and who organised our Paschal Fire at the Easter Vigil, and to all who journeyed in prayer with us over the days of Holy Week; to all we say Thank You for your support and co-operation as we begin anew once more.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Lent has three pillars – prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I would like to invite you to focus this year in particular on prayer…… Read more

Farewell Fr. Michael Irwin SSC (1936-2022)

Many parishioners in Patrickswell and Ballybrown well remember Fr. Michael Irwin, our curate for a brief period in the 2000s, and were saddened to learn of his recent death in the week before this Christmas just gone. May he rest in peace.

We welcomed Fr. Irwin as curate to our Parish of Patrickswell-Ballybrown in September 2004 when he took over from Fr. Brendan Murphy who was appointed Parish Priest of Feenagh-Kilmeedy after serving for fourteen years in Ballybrown. Fr. Irwin’s time amongst us was only two years before he was called in September 2006 to move back along the road to the Parish of Kilcornan. On his retirement in 2016 he continued to help out around the Diocese and made several visits to our parish during that time to celebrate Mass and renew old acquaintances. Fr. Irwin was a quiet, unassuming and very religious man, remembered with great affection by all who knew him. We extend our sincere condolences on his recent death to his large extended family and to his many confreres in the Columban Fathers. He will be sadly missed too by Bishop Brendan Leahy and the priests and religious of the Diocese of Limerick as well as the parishioners of the many parishes in which he ministered.

The Month’s Mind Mass for Fr. Irwin will be celebrated on 20th January at 7.00pm in Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick eircode V94 KV26

“Ar dheis De go raibh anam uasal”

More about Fr Irwin at the following links:-

Columban Missionaries Obituary

A Fond Farewell to Fr. Irwin (Ballybrown Journal 2006, by kind permission)

Funeral Homily 24 December 2022 by Fr. Luis (Alo) Connaughton SSC

Statement from Diocese of Limerick on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Obituary: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

With sadness in our hearts and total submission to the Will of God, we announce the death of Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, Vatican City. May the Angels lead him to Paradise.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen!


Appeal from Pope Francis on the Worsening Situation in Ukraine

My heart aches greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine…

I would like to appeal to everyone, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting.

I invite everyone to make Wednesday next 2nd March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May our Blessed Mother Mary, the Queen of Peace, preserve the world from the madness of war.

(Date: 24/02/2022)

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come now spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.


Praying for the people of Creeslough

We pray for all who have been affected by the great tragedy in Creeslough in Donegal on 7th October 2022. We pray especially for all who have lost their lives and all who have been injured and we pray too for their families and all in the surrounding community. We remember the emergency services who worked untiringly and we ask God to be close to all at this time of great need and suffering.

A Prayer to Our Lady in Covid Times

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A Prayer Labyrinth

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