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.

Christmas Timetable in the parish of Enniskeane

Monday Dec 18th   7.30pm.    Enniskeane Church      Carols with Cór na nÓg Inis Céin (Junior choir). Everyone welcome

Tuesday Dec 19th   7.30pm    Enniskeane Church       Penitential Rite (Community confession).

Wednesday Dec 20th   7.30pm    BEDA Hall, Ballineen     Interfaith Community Carol Service, followed by refreshments

Wednesday Dec 20th   8pm   Newcestown Church   Penitential Rite (Community confession).

Thursday Dec 21st    7.30pm    Bandon Church   Penitential Rite (Community confession).

Saturday Dec 23rd   

11.30 — 1 pm     Enniskeane Church      Individual Confession (Confessional)
6pm    Vigil Mass at Ahiohill Church for Fourth Sunday of Advent
7.30pm  Vigil Mass at Enniskeane Church for Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday Dec 24th

Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent:
10.30am at Castletown Kinneigh
12 noon at Enniskeane


Christmas Eve Mass
7.30pm at Enniskeane Church
9 pm at Ahiohill Church

Monday Dec 25th Christmas Day

9am Ahiohill
10 am Castletown Kinneigh
11.30am Enniskeane

Tuesday 26th (St Stephen’s Day) Mass in Enniskeane at 11am.