Castleisland Parish to Support Brosna Church Fund

Brosna Church Fundraising Committee 25/10/2016
Brosna Parish Church Fundraising Committee members: Front: Carl Nash, Sheila Doran O’Grady and Doris Fitzmaurice.  Back: Eilish Moynihan, Mike O’Sullivan. Monsignor Dan O’Riordan, Nora Fealey and Jack Shanahan. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A special Fund- raising weekend will take place on December 3rd to 5th 2016 in Castleisland parish to help reduce the debt in neighbouring Brosna Parish Church. 

The substantial debt arises from the renovations works done on the church in the 2008 /09 period. Monsignor Dan O’Riordan P.P. Castleisland said that the fundraising effort was an expression of goodwill and support.

“We have many Brosna people living in Castleisland and a group of them have joined our special committee.

Envelope Collections

“There will be an envelope collection in Scartaglin, Cordal and in Castleisland. There will also be a charity concert in Castleisland Parish Church on Monday 5th December 5th at 7.30pm,” said Monsignor O’Riordan.

The concert will involve the famous singer, Liam Lawton supported by Castleisland Parish Choir and musicians from Brosna.

Tickets for the concert are €20 each and are available from: The Parish Office, Castleisland; St. John’s Parish Office, Tralee and the Cathedral Parish Office, Killarney.

Specially Convened

Information from Castleisland Parish Office at 066 71 41 241 from 9am to 2pm Monday to Friday.

The specially convened committee is comprised of: Monsignor Dan O’Riordan, PP Castleisland; Jack Shanahan, Carl Nash, Nora Fealey, Eilish Moynihan, Renee McCarthy, Doris Fitzmaurice, Michael Broderick, Mike O’Sullivan and Sheila Doran O’Grady.

Brosna Church Restoration Fund Committee 8-4-2009
Members of the St. Carthage Church Restoration Committee at the announcement of details of their Night at the Dogs fundraiser in Brosna in April 2009. Front from left: Danny Joe Shine, Margaret Carmody, Helen Canty, Maura O’Connor, Maria Sheehan, Linda O’Connor, Marian Curtin, Mary Cahill and Karl Nash. Back from left: Nicholas Lane, Josie McCreesh, Patrick Brosnan, Fr Tadhg Fitzgerald PP, Kathleen Connelly, Kathleen O’Connor, Margaret Curtin, Gerard Curtin and James McAuliffe. ©Photograph: John Reidy 8-4-2009

Brosna Church from the 1800s

According to available research, an old thatched church was built around 1800 in the grounds of the graveyard near the present church. Fr. Nicholas Moore was parish priest at that time and he died in 1803.

The present Church of St. Moling and St. Carthage was built in 1868 when Fr. Patrick Moriarty was parish priest and it was designed by architect George Ashlin.

Altar Designed by Pugin

The church is in gothic form and was built from dressed stones quarried from the lands of Pat O’Callaghan in Knopoge.

The local farmers drew them to the site with horses and carts. The roof beams were made of pitch pine and the seating is also pine. Many of the stained glass windows were donated by parishioners. The altar is marble and was designed by world famous 19th century, London born architect, Augustus Pugin.

On arrival in Brosna it was transported by 11 horses. A fitting adornment to the beautiful church and stained glass windows behind the altar.

Donated by Denis Guiney

The marble altar rails are much younger and were donated by Denis Guiney in 1946, in memory of his parents Cornelius and Julia Guiney. This is the Denis Guiney who founded Clery’s store in Dublin.

The Presbytery was built when the Church was, in 1868, a great stone building. This has been home to parish priests and Catholic curates who have served the parish. It was restored by Rev. Tadhg O’Doherty in 1998.

The church’s restoration was completed in 2010. The original stone faced interior with a slightly modern twist augments the gothic atmosphere. The church has been the centre of much interest since its completion. For more information on singer Liam Lawton you can click on the link here:

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