Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh

Parish Profile 2020


St Columbas Church Ennis

St Columbas Church Ennis

St Fachtnans Cathedral Kilfenora

St Fachtnans Cathedral Kilfenora

Kilnasoolagh Church Newmarket On Fergus

Kilnasoolagh Church Newmarket On Fergus

Christ Church Spanish Point

Christ Church Spanish Point

Mission Statement

Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh parish grouping aspire to provide a spiritual welcome into its churches, with an optimistic and progressive vision for the future. It promotes family participation, encouraging young people to be part of its dynamic and vibrant worshipping community. Outreach within our Church of Ireland fellowship and with the local ecumenical community is a key focus for our future together.

Drumcliffe Union

Drumcliffe Union covers from Shannon Airport in the South of Clare to Galway Bay in the North and Kilkee and Spanish Point in the West, taking in the Burren plateau with the 12th century St Fachnan’s Cathedral Church at Kilfenora in the centre.

Both parish groupings, Kilnasoolagh and Drumcliffe sit amid a network of historical and ecclesiastical sites on what is part of the western Celtic strip, with increasing prospects of becoming key centres for the growing walking activity, including the ‘Camino’ pilgrimage and retreat pursuit, taking in the riches of the county’s past and present — with its inspirational old monastic and archaeological sites as well as all the dimensions of the Burren with its limestone and basalt geology, its flora and fauna, and unique farming and conservation practices, making it a European Conservation Area, –as well as the Atlantic Coastal scenery. (See details on St Flannan’s Killaloe, sitting on the River Shannon and St Caimin’s, Inniscaltra and St Cronan’s (of Brian Boru fame), Tuamgraney, both near Holy Island, Lough Derg.) St Fachnan’s, Kilfenora with its Celtic High Crosses is a key hub on such a historical sweep.


Ennis Town

Formed from the medieval parish of Drumcliffe, ‘hill of the basket’, Ennis (“Inish-Cluain Raamh-fada , meaning ‘meadow of the long rowing), the present Drumcliffe Church is the centre of the Parish Group. The modest but active congregation of eclectic mix enjoys good relations with its neighbours, St Peter Paul Cathedral and its surrounding ‘Cluster’ parishes and the nearby Franciscan Church Community, as well as more recent Protestant Pentecostal Christians.

Worship Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh

Regular worship time at Drumcliffe (Ennis) is Sunday 11.30am, with Service form alternating between Morning Prayer and Holy Communion on a weekly basis. Likewise Kilnasoolagh, Newmarket-on-Fergus, is at 11.30am. alternating between Morning Prayer and Holy Communion. Christ Church Spanish Point services are every second Sunday at 9.30am. in winter and every Sunday during summer months. St. Fachtnan’s, Kilfenora is an occasional gathering, on an ecumenical basis. See local announcements for information or this website.

Rev. Kevin O’Brien

Rector: Rev. Kevin O’Brien
St. Columba’s Rectory,
Bindon Street,
Ennis, Co. Clare
V95A P6D
Tel: 353-(0)76 622 4784
E-mail: frkevinobrien@me.com

Service Schedule

Drumcliffe Service Times

Drumcliffe Parish Church

Date: 12/01/2020

Time: 11.30am

Location: St. Columba's Church Bindon St. Ennis


12th January 2020 – Baptism of Christ Holy Communion at 11.30am Celebrant – Rev. Kevin O’Brien – Rector

Kilnasoolagh Service Times

Kilnasoolagh Parish Church

Date: 12/01/2020

Time: 09.30am

Location: Kilnasoolagh Church Newmarket-on-Fergus


12th January 2020 – Baptism of Christ

Holy Communion at 9.30am

Celebrant – Rev. Kevin O’Brien – Rector


Spanish Point Service Times

Christ Church Spanish Point

Date: 05/01/2020

Time: 9:30 - 10:30

Location: Christ Church Spanish Point Miltown Malbay

Spanish Point

5th January 2020 – The Epiphany – 2nd of Christmas

Holy Communion – 9.30am

Celebrant – Rev. Kevin O’Brien – Rector

Christ Church Spanish Point Miltown Malbay

Kilfenora Service Times

St. Fachtnan’s Cathedral

Date: 24/12/2019

Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: St. Fachtnan's Cathedral Kilfenora


24th December 2019 – Christmas Eve

Christingle Service at 4.00pm

Leader – Rev. Kevin O’Brien – Rector

St. Fachtnan’s Cathedral Kilfenora

Kilkee Service Times

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