Almost two thirds of the pipes sponsored and Oboe installed

Sincere thanks to all the people from near and far who have sponsored pipes in the pipe organ for our parish church.

The installed organ will have 678 pipes in it. On Sept 11th, 2012, 409 of the pipes have been dedicated to named people. That’s over 60% of the pipes — or nearly two-thirds of the total!

The first batch of the printed souvenir certificates will be ready to be posted shortly. The certificate states which pipe has been sponsored, by whom, and to whom it is dedicated.

Listen to how the organ sounds on Sept 12

382 dedications

We have received 382 dedications for the pipes in the Enniskeane Pipe Organ. Many, many thanks.

The installed organ will have 678 pipes in total so more than half have been sponsored so far. The 678 includes an extra set of pipes whichare adding that was not part of the original organ when it was in Clonakilty. The extra set of pipes (known as a ‘stop’) will add the sound of trumpets to the organ.

Thanks to Padraig O’Donovan for salvaging these pipes from an organ up the country. They have been taken to England and back where they have been refurbished and re-voiced so they will be in harmony with the rest of the organ.

Cork Examiner, 1878, records pipe organ’s arrival in Clonakilty


An organ, erected by Bryceson Brothers and Ellis, of London, builders of the organ in Ss. Peter and Paul’s, was formally opened on Tuesday, 20th inst., by Mr. T. J. Sullivan, St. Mary’s, Cork, who designed it.

There was a profession of three nuns on the same day. His lordship the Right Rev. Dr. Fitzgerald, of Ross, officiating.

The organ consists of 2 rows of keys, 14 stops, 2½ octaves of pedals (Bourdon through), and 4 composition pedals. The action is reversed, the player facing the altar.

Organ played for first time at Mass in Enniskeane.

The ‘new’ pipe organ in Enniskeane Church was played at Mass for the first time on Aug 20th, 2012, to mark the 134th anniversary of when it was first played in Clonakilty in 1878. It was played by Padraig O’Donovan, who is also responsible for the fitting of the organ.

Click to listen to the audio of the organ as parishioners sang “Hail Queen of Heaven”.