Who we are
Everyone in Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh Parish feels it’s important to offer an inclusive and warm welcome to all our churches. We encourage participation and enjoy our times of fellowship together. Please do come along and join us. We’d be very glad to see you.
Any donations are appreciated.
Drumcliffe Union covers from Shannon Airport in the South of Clare to Galway Bay in the North and Kilkee and Spanish Point in the West, taking in the Burren plateau with the 12th century St Fachnan’s Cathedral Church at Kilfenora in the centre.
Both parish groupings, Kilnasoolagh and Drumcliffe sit amid a network of historical and ecclesiastical sites on what is part of the western Celtic strip, with increasing prospects of becoming key centres for the growing walking activity, including the ‘Camino’ pilgrimage and retreat pursuit, taking in the riches of the county’s past and present — with its inspirational old monastic and archaeological sites as well as all the dimensions of the Burren with its limestone and basalt geology, its flora and fauna, and unique farming and conservation practices, making it a European Conservation Area, –as well as the Atlantic Coastal scenery. (See details on St Flannan’s Killaloe, sitting on the River Shannon and St Caimin’s, Inniscaltra and St Cronan’s (of Brian Boru fame), Tuamgraney, both near Holy Island, Lough Derg.) St Fachnan’s, Kilfenora with its Celtic High Crosses is a key hub on such a historical sweep.
Formed from the medieval parish of Drumcliffe, ‘hill of the basket’, Ennis (Inish-Cluain Raamh-fada, meaning ‘meadow of the long rowing’), the present Drumcliffe Church, is the centre of the Parish Group. The modest but active congregation of eclectic mix enjoys good relations with its neighbours, St Peter Paul Cathedral and its surrounding ‘cluster’ parishes and the nearby Franciscan Church Community, as well as more recent Protestant Pentecostal Christians.
Worship Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh
Regular worship time at Drumcliffe (Ennis) is every Sunday Holy Communion at 11.30am. Kilnasoolagh Church, Newmarket-on-Fergus, has Morning Prayer on 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11.30am and Holy Communion on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 11.30am. Christ Church Spanish Point Holy Communion services are every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 9.30am in winter, and there are services every Sunday during summer months, with the addition of Morning Prayer on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9.30am. For 5th Sundays we repeat the 4th Sunday schedule. St. Fachtnan’s, Kilfenora is an occasional gathering, on an ecumenical basis. For information on church fees (for weddings and funerals) please see here. Of course there is no fee for Baptisms.