Welcome to Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh

Welcome to our website and to our churches. After so many months of pandemic and lockdown we are delighted to be open once again for services, and in due course concerts and events. Social distancing of 2m will still be observed, as well as the wearing of masks and no singing (until further notice). The services will be short versions of Morning Prayer – but we are phasing the Eucharist back in, initially on the 4th Sunday and rising over the next few months. See below for details. Note, we continue to provide a weekly online service that you are warmly invited to join.  Please click on the image below to view our online service where service sheets and pew sheets are provided. We also share a midweek reflection video every week on our YouTube channel, on Twitter and on our Facebook page. If you enjoy our online videos and resources we would be most grateful if you would consider making a donation to our church costs via the donate button on this page – whilst our churches are closed we have no other income from service collections. 

Who we are

Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh parish aspire to provide a spiritual welcome into its churches, with an inclusive, optimistic and progressive vision for the future. We truly want to be a church of and for all people, of all ages, irrespective of background, gender, sexuality, income or any of the other definitions that are so often used to distance people from one another. We care about family participation and encouraging young people to be part of a dynamic and vibrant worshipping community; respecting our traditions but looking to the future. Outreach within our Church of Ireland fellowship is important to us, but so is enthusiastic participation with the local ecumenical community. We are Anglican in our foundation but seek to reach out beyond narrow definitions of denomination, for we believe in being a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful but not literal; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.

These services are free, of course; but if you would like to support our work a donation would be greatly appreciated as we currently have no income from service collections.

St Columbas Church Ennis

St Columba’s Church, Ennis

St Fachtnans Cathedral Kilfenora

St Fachtnan’s Cathedral, Kilfenora

Kilnasoolagh Church Newmarket On Fergus

Kilnasoolagh Church, Newmarket On Fergus

Christ Church Spanish Point

Christ Church, Spanish Point

Drumcliffe Union

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. 

Ennis Town

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 9.30am. 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.

Rector: Revd. Kevin O’Brien 

St. Columba’s Rectory,
Bindon Street,
Ennis, Co. Clare
V95 AP6D
Tel: 353-(0)65 672 4721
E-mail: frkevinobrien@me.com

 

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