St. Joseph moves from Crosshaven to Enniskeane

The statue of St. Joseph and the child Jesus which now stands in the cemetery in Enniskeane is intertwined with the life of a Presentation Sister to whom it is dedicated.

The parish was gifted the statue by the Presentation Sisters when their convent in Crosshaven closed. It stood in the grounds of the convent there since 1932.

The statue in Crosshaven.

The inscription reads:

“Presented to Rev. Mother M. Agnes Daly by the Sisters on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee 1882–1932”

Sr. Mary Agnes Daly was born in Kilmurry Parish in 1853. Her parents were Jeremiah and Mary Daly. A newspaper report about her Jubilee in 1932 wrote that ‘She comes from an old and highly esteemed Co. Cork family, many members of which, today, occupy positions that command respect in professional and commercial spheres.’

On 2 Oct 1879 she entered the Presentation Convent at Crosshaven and was received by the community as a novice on 1 April 1880 (at 26 years).

On 13 April 1882 St Agnes made her Solemn Profession in the presence of Bishop William Delany; Fr Jeremiah Carey, PP; Mother M. Ignatius Ryan and Sr Teresa Tynan.

Sr Agnes
and the statue in 1932 in Crosshaven.

Fifty years later she celebrated her Golden Jubilee on 13 April 1932 and the statue was erected in the gardens of the Crosshaven Convent.

She died on 14 December 1937 and the Cork Examiner noted her passing to eternal life by saying that “for the last 40 years she filled in turn every office of trust in the Community, where her genuine worth, the nobleness of her character and her amiability, with her gentle and unassuming manner, endeared her to her Sisters in religion, and to all who came into contact with her’. (— Cork Examiner 12/1937).

May St. Joseph, patron saint of a happy death, bring consolation and peace to all who mourn and the light of eternal life to all who have died.

Staff of Ross Collins and McCarthy Tarmacadam erecting the statue in its new location.

Enniskeane Parish records a debt of gratitude to Sr. Ann Coffey and all the Presentation Sisters; to Jim McCarthy and Barry Collins who transported it safely to Enniskeane; to Jim McCarthy for stripping away the old paintwork; to Nora Bradfield for painting it anew; to the staff of Ross Collins and McCarthy Tarmacadam for erecting the statue in its new location; to Theo Cullinane for laying the concrete base; to Conor Mannix for the surrounding paving work.

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.”

Latest Redemptoristine Nun is from our parish.

Congratulations and every blessing to Sr Máire Bríd O’Driscoll, Gortaleen, Ballineen, who celebrated her First Religious Profession as a Redemptoristine Sister at St Alphonsus Convent, Dromcondra, Dublin, on Sat Aug 31st, 2019.

The First Religious Profession of Sr Máire Bríd O’Driscoll, Gortaleen, Ballineen, at St Alphonsus Convent, Dromcondra, Dublin. Sr Máire Bríd is photographed with family members who were at the ceremony: her father Pat O’Driscoll, her sister Siobhán, mother Ina, brother Pádraig and sister-in-law Zoe.

Talk on History of stained glass windows in West Cork churches

Most of us see stained glass windows in our churches but do we really look at them? How are they made? Who made them? What do they mean? What do they tell us about our past?
Enniskeane Parish with Coppeen Historical and Archaeological Society hosts an illustrated talk on church stained glass windows in St. Joseph’s Church, Castletown Kinneigh, on Wed. May 8th at 8pm.

Finola Finlay and Robert Harris (Photo by Shay Huntston)

The talk will be given by Finola Finlay, an archaeologist and historian with a particular interest in stained glass. She has studied, photographed and recorded many of the stained glass windows in West Cork where she has made her home. With her husband, Robert Harris, Finola co-authors the blog
Her talk will include the history of some of the wonderful windows in our own churches.
Suggested donation €5, free to CHACS members and children.

One parish for 160 years

The year 1858 was a milestone year for this faith community. It was the first year that the area now known as Enniskeane and Desertserges was joined as one parish with one parish priest.

In that year, Fr Domhnal Ó Súileabháin, a great Irish scholar who was born at the edge of the Warrenscourt Estate near Kilmurry, died as Parish Priest of Kinneigh. He would be the last priest to have that title. He was buried beside the chapel where he had said Mass and administered the sacraments – where Shamrock Cottage was built as a presbytery in Enniskeane.

An tAthair Ó Súileabháin had arrived here from Bandon in 1845 and was to serve in the difficult Famine years. His dedication to the people in his care in those years is reflected in the fact that 14 years after his death, his remains were exhumed and reinterred under the altar of the new church in Enniskeane when it was dedicated in 1872. A plaque near Our Lady’s Shrine records his burial place. He died 160 years ago this year.

The dedication of his contemporary in Desertserges during the Famine, Fr Timothy O’Donovan PP, is similarly recorded on a plaque in Ahiohill church. At the time of Fr. Ó Súileabháin death, instead of appointing a new PP to Kinneigh /Enniskeane, Bishop Delany changed the appointment of the then Parish Priest of Desertserges Fr Denis O’Donoghue and appointed him to be the first Parish Priest of Enniskeane and Desertserges. He had been in Desertserges as PP since 1856 and was a native of Bandon. He ministered here until his death in 1867.

Plaque in Ahiohill Church to Fr O’Donovan


Fr Maurice Roche PP (Ahiohill Church founder)

When Maynooth College opened its door to student priests in 1795, Maurice Roche and John Allen were the first Cork students to enrol in the Maynooth, Co. Kildare, college. They were ordained priests of Cork diocese in 1800.

Maurice Roche’s first appointment was as curate in Watergrasshill Parish on the north-east corner of the diocese. A while later he transferred to one of the Bandon churches where he served as curate until 1817 when he was appointed Parish Priest of the nearby parish of Desertserges.

During his time in Ahiohill, the present Church of the Assumption of Our Lady was erected and it was dedicated for worship in 1832 – just a few years after Catholic Emancipation.

Fr Roche served in the parish until his death on April 11th, 1839. He was buried just beside the southern wall of the church whose building he had supervised.

His burial place was marked with a raised limestone slab which was engraved witht he following inscription:-


Beneath This Stone Are Deposited The Remains Of The Rev Maurice Roche

22 Years PP of Desertserges, He Died April 11 Ad1839

Requiescat in Pacem

As the writing was almost illegible by 2016 and the grave was in disrepair, a new limestone slab with the same engraving was commissioned from Pat O’Sullivan and Sons of Clonakilty. It will ensure that Fr Roche’s memory ir preserved for another few generations to come.

Grave of Fr Maurice Roche at Ahiohill church

Grave of Fr Maurice Roche at Ahiohill church

Grave of Fr Maurice Roche at Ahiohill church

Grave of Fr Maurice Roche at Ahiohill church yard before its preservation in 2017. Fr Roche was one of the First two Cork students in the new Maynooth college in 1795. He served as PP of Desertserges from 1817 to 1839.