St Patrick's Church, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork, was designed by architect George Richard Pain and built 1832-1836 as Chapel of Ease for the Cathedral Parish of St. Mary and St. Anne.
The Church is constructed in the classical style and built from Cork limestone.
Restoration work to the exterior of the Church costing €500,000 (approx.) began in June 2002.

Fr. Christy, in his sermon, gave credit to the parishioners, for it was through their generosity that these important works of preservation and improvments to St. Patrick's Church had been completed. The parishioners were 'the salt of the earth' he said.

Noel Deasy, Chairperson of Fundraising Committee, outlined the work of the Committee and the present state of the Fund. He paid special tribute to the Architects, Sara Kelly and Joe O'Brien for the sensitive way in which they approached the work, and in particular the new glazed entrance.

Bishop John Buckley and Paddy LaneBrian Crowley MEP
'Will you give me a hand''Everyone Ready' ?
Tape CutLights On
A Fanfare From The Mayfield Brass BandAnd There Was Light
And The Congregation ExitedTo See The Light
A Blinding LightSome Were Delighted
Others LaughedA Gentle Greeting
A Job Well DoneWho Else Is Here ?
More GreetingsMore Joy
Young Admirer The Finale
Councillor Mairin Quill MCCMr. Brian Crowley MEP

Pics; Derri Keating


Restoration Works Celebration Mass and Function

The St. Patrick's church 6 pm Mass on the 18th. February was concelebrated by Canon Liam Leader and Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy.
Mr. Noel Deasy, Chairman of the Restoration Committee addressed the congregation and explained that since the completion of the Restoration Works, Canon Liam had stepped down as Parish Priest and Fr. Christy had been reassigned to Christ the King church, Turners Cross.
It was considered appropriate that the Committee and Parishioners should acknowledge the work and encouragement of both men in the Fundraising and Restoration Work. Noel asked for prayers for the continued work of both men.
Fr. Christy, in his typical fashion replied with a story; he recalled when he was young (he is still very young), when his parents would bring him to Killeagh or Youghal, and if they should meet someone whom his parents knew, and if this person perchanced to give him a packet of Tayto or a ‘tanner' (a single shiny coin with the value of six old pennies), his father might say ‘say thanks to the man'. And so it is, he was now very happy to say thanks to the people of St. Patrick's Parish for their contributions and efforts in the Restoration Works. He expressed great joy in the achievements of the people working all together as a living community, people taking responsibility and ownership. An alive parish is the vision of Christ in every community. St. Patrick's was not only significant in historical terms but was also the heart of the Parish. Fr. Christy thanked the people for allowing him to be part of the Restoration Work journey and he thanked everyone from his heart.
Canon Liam gave thanks and said ‘no, they were not twins' (he and Fr. Christy), he was in fact a good bit older than Fr. Christy. But age brings change, and he said that he was very humbled that the Bishop had asked him to stay on at St. Patrick's as an assistant priest. He was very appreciative of the works carried out by others under Fr. Christy. He concluded by saying to the parishioners ‘God Bless'
A presentation of Waterford Glass was made to Canon Liam by Nancy Hennessy and to Fr. Christy by Margaret Corcoran. All present were invited to the Parish Hall for ‘goodies'

Canon Liam Leader with Nancy Hennessy
Fr. Christy O'Shaughnessy with Margaret Corcoran
Canon Leaders inscribed ('Presented to Canon Liam Leader in appreciation from his Parishioners at St. Patrick's, Cork) glass piece

Canon Liam Leader







Aonghus O' Broin, Editor of the NewsletterNancy Hennessy with the tea-pot
Mr. & Mrs. Noel Deasy 
 Marie-Claire Twomey, Altar Server
'Don't tell me' 
Margaret Corcoran, Maurice Lordan, Sacrestan 
 Fr. Christy
 Canon Liam
John Twomey, Mary Twoney and Mary Lane 
Mr. Morris, 'I've been called worse says Maurice' 


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