On Sunday 22 September, Bishop Brendan Kelly of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora will be the chief celebrant at a Mass to mark the 200th anniversary of the dedication of Saint Colman’s Church in Kinvara, Co Galway.  The Mass will be followed by the opening and blessing of a new church garden.

Bishop Kelly is himself a former Curate of Kinvara Parish and Saint Colman’s is the oldest church still in use for worship in the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

On Saturday 21 September there will be an Evening of Music, History and Song in Kinvara Community Centre at 8.00pm, featuring songs performed by Maeve Cairney (Soprano), Fiona Corless (Mezzosoprano) and accompanied by Martina King on piano. There will also be music from Kinvara School of Traditional Music and from Seamount College, Kinvara. The evening will also feature a presentation on the history of Saint Colman’s Church by Jeff and Áine O’Connell, based on Jeff’s extensive research in the papers of Bishop Nicholas Archdeacon, the Bishop of Kilmacduagh whose determination bore fruit in the building of the church.

Ahead of weekend of celebrations in the parish Father Hugh Clifford, PP, has expressed his appreciation to all those who have been working on the preparations for the bicentenary events.

All are welcome to be part of the celebrations. For more information see the parish website.

ENDS