Keash – King of the Hill

KOTH are super excited. We are back!! 😊😊. Come join us and ask your family and friends too. This year as well as our 10km run we have a 5km run and a 5km walk

Please register for the 10 km & 5km run by using the Link below ⬇️

Registration for the walk is on the day.


Famine Film and Concert

Famine Film & Concert in Ballymote, Ireland & Quebec in Music & Film – Coach House Hotel, Ballymote at 8.00 – 10.00 pm on Thursday 30th June.
Musical and Visual experience featuring music, song and dance and a screening of “Lost Children of the Carrick’s” – a documentary film showcasing the history of the Great Famine emigration from Sligo to Quebec and a warm homecoming to Sligo a century and a half later – will take place in Ballymote.
The show commences with a 45 minute performance of Irish and Quebecois music (presented by the composers, arrangers and performers of the film music) followed by a 52 minute screening of the “Lost Children of the Carricks”. This unique show will take place in the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote at 8.00 – 10.00 pm on Thursday 30th June. Admission €10 (Adult) and €6 U16. Payable on the door on the night.
The venue is altogether appropriate as the proprietor of the hotel is Patrick Ward, a direct
descendant of the original Kaveney Family who journeyed from Cross, Keash, Co. Sligo. This family and their six children walked to Sligo Quays in April 1847 to board the Famine Ship, the Carricks. The voyage went well until they entered to Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada. A sudden storm arose, the ship ran aground and 128 of the 173 passengers were lost including five of the Kaveney’s six children. The parents and a son survived and were rescued by the Canadians. They prospered in the Gaspe Peninsula and had four further children. Tragedy struck again some years later when the father was drowned on St. Patrick’s Day as he walked home from a party. The capable mother lived on for many years but had lost touch with her relations in Ireland (she died in1889).
A descendant of this family, now called Georges Kavanagh, had ceaselessly searched for his family of his long lost ancestors. Due to genealogical research it was discovered that the Kavanagh Family had relations living in the village of Cross, near Keash, Co. Sligo i.e. the Ward Family.
Georges and members of his family have visited their relations more than once in recent years and have retraced the journey on foot from Keash to Sligo Port. This story is told in the film “Lost Children of the Carricks” which will be showing in Ballymote on Thursday 30th June. The film is the work of a Clare man Dr. Gearoid O hAllmhurain and his wife Cecilia. Gearoid is a Professor in Concordia University, Quebec and is producer and scriptwriter for the film and his wife is the technical director. The onslaught of Covid prevented it being shown in Ireland so far and Ballymote is the first place in the country to have a viewing. Preceding the film there will be a concert by the musicians who arranged, composed and performed the music for the film.
The entire event is a unique and historic occasion, a graphic depiction of a famine journey of
hardship and separation and a happy reunion of descendants over 150 years later, a story of the unique endurance of the human spirit. The event will take place in the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote on Thursday 30th June and tickets can be purchased on the door on the night.

Achonry Youth day

Achonry Youth Day – Welcome to the Table.

Welcome to the Table

This is a day of celebration for young people (18-30) in the diocese of Achonry. It will be a time to celebrate faith and life with other young people in a welcoming and joyful atmosphere. There will be an opportunity to hear how one sports star – Andy Moran – combines sport, work and faith. You will have time to respond to what he has to say. There will be a Mass, celebrated by Bishop Paul Dempsey. This will be followed by a barbecue and live musical entertainment.

This will all happen at St Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, F45 V122, on July 17th beginning at 5.00 pm. Please register on Eventbrite by scanning the QR code  – see our parish newsletter for this.

This is the timetable for the day – 4.30 p.m. Arrival. 5.00 p.m.Word of Welcome by Bishop Paul Dempsey

5.15 p.m.  A Life of Sport, Work and Faith – Andy Moran  5.45 p.m. Time to interact and respond

7.00 p.m. Mass with Bishop Paul Dempsey 8.00 p.m. BBQ and live entertainment with the Chafftones

There will be ample parking spaces at the College on the day.

Novena – Collooney

The Novena to St. Maria Goretti will take place in the Church of the Assumption, Collooney, starting Tuesday the 28th of June and concluding on the 6th of July; the feast day of Saint Maria Goretti. During the Novena, confessions will be held nightly at 7.30pm, Holy Rosary at 7.40pm and Mass at 8pm. Several guest speakers will be present throughout the Novena

Lough Derg – three day pilgrimage

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Lough Derg, an island of pilgrimage, presence and prayer is ready once again for its three day pilgrimage season to begin

“No mobile phone, no internet, no social media. Meeting kind and wonderful people from all walks of life. Time to solely focus on Christ asking his intercession and many times thanking him to his graces bestowed. Spending time in prayer, walking barefooted, fasting in large part for three days, keeping vigil in the Lords presence on the first night on the Island, looking out over the surrounding lake as day breaks while maintaining vigil. Many concepts of this pilgrimage are foreign in the world we live today but an experience that lives forever. Through this experience, the Lords presence is to be found. Many people (young and old) return year after year; offering these three days to the Lord. People attend for example in preparation for exams, in preparation for marriage, where they or a family member are sick, where someone close has died or simply in thanksgiving. Sometimes a person and a friend or family member come to try this challenging pilgrimage together. Sometimes Dad and son or Mother and daughter do this together. Many people come on their own and enjoy the experience in the presence of fellow pilgrims.  The pilgrimage has many challenges but on leaving the Island having had a nights sleep and having put on shoes once again, the challenges over come are forgotten and the most wonderful feeling follows as you leave the Island” From A pilgrim

The pilgrimage team on the island of Lough Derg, Pettigo in County Donegal, are busy making final preparations for pilgrims arriving for the Three Day Pilgrimage Season which runs from 1 June to 15 August 2022.

For more than fifteen hundred years Lough Derg has been a sacred place and over the centuries it has been synonymous with the name of St Patrick. The first monks settled at Lough Derg in the fifth century, not long after St Patrick came to Ireland. It would seem to have been well established as a place of pilgrimage by the ninth century, and on a world map of 1492 the only place marked within Ireland is the penitential island named as St Patrick’s Purgatory. Still today, the Island can offer a meeting place where God’s healing grace is experienced in an intensity seldom encountered elsewhere, through the spiritual programmes, the companionship of fellow pilgrims and the sense of a place apart that is enhanced by the remote location of the Island.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic it would be usual for Lough Derg to welcome more than 10,000 pilgrims annually during the summer months. The pandemic saw the pilgrimage season closed for almost two years, however, pilgrims made a welcome return to the island for the first time on 1 May for the One Day Pilgrimage programme and now the season will extend into the three day season.

After the two year closure, Prior of Lough Derg, Father La Flynn is delighted to see pilgrims happy to return to Lough Derg over the coming months. Father Flynn said, “Our new season is now well and truly launched! This year, the theme of our One Day Retreats experience was based on three words: Pilgrimage, Presence, and Prayer. We believe these words sum up the thrust of the Lough Derg experience, both for One Day retreatants and for those who will come for the Three Day Pilgrimage beginning shortly, in June.

“These words evoke so much of what Lough Derg holds for those who come to us here to find God – or to be found by God. The memory of St Patrick is inescapable in this place. The smiling faces of pilgrims who have visited us already this month seem to suggest that Lough Derg can still offer them a real sense that God is on their side.”

Described a few years back as the Ironman of Pilgrimages, the Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage offers a special opportunity to take time out and experience the embrace of the deep love and mercy of God. Pilgrims undertake the pilgrimage programme of prayer and quiet reflection in bare feet, keeping vigil for 24 hours and maintaining a fast from the midnight prior to their arrival (with one simple Lough Derg meal each day), in this way leaving themselves personally open to experience God’s presence to them in the unique spiritual atmosphere which pervades the out-of-the-way location of the Island.

The pilgrimage follows a centuries-old pattern prayer. Details of the prescribed ‘Station Prayer’ and liturgy timetable are available to pilgrims on arrival. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

Fr La Flynn, continued, “This is the year for anyone who has always thought about visiting Lough Derg, or who has had the Three Day Pilgrimage on their ‘bucket-list’, to come and see what it is all about. It is an opportunity for those who particularly feel the need to switch off’.  For others it may perhaps be a chance to re-connect with God. Our boats are ready to welcome pilgrims on board, no matter where their spiritual journey has taken them.”

Booking is open now

Information for booking a One Day Retreat, Three Day Pilgrimage, the Pilgrim Path Loughshore Pilgrimage and organised parish group pilgrimages and visits are available from, or by email You can phone for more information on 00353 (0) 71 9861518.

The Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season occurs annually from May through until October. The traditional Three Day Pilgrimage season happens between 1 June and 15 August. One Day Retreats and Special Retreat Days run in the months of May, August and September, followed by Youth Retreats in September and October.

About the island

St Patrick’s Sanctuary, Lough Derg lies about four miles north of the village of Pettigo in County Donegal. Station Island, the location of the Pilgrimage, is often referred to as Saint Patrick’s Purgatory or simply Lough Derg. In 1780 Lough Derg came under the custodianship of the Diocese of Clogher.

The Diocese of Clogher encompasses all of Co Monaghan, most of Fermanagh and portions of Tyrone, Donegal, Louth and Cavan. It has a Catholic population of 88,000 across 37 parishes. There are 85 churches and 66 priests ministering in the diocese.

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Sacrament of Confirmation – Congratulations

We congratulate Liam Thompson (and his family) of Greenane, Keash who celebrated his Sacrament of Confirmation this morning in Culfadda. May he have a lovely day.

Retirement Function – Ms. Bernadette Dwyer


Retirement Function for former principal of Culfadda National School – Bernadette Dwyer.

The Board of Management of Culfadda National School would like to make a presentation to former principal Bernadette Dwyer on Friday 17th June at 8.00pm in Culfadda National School. Everyone is welcome to attend, Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available.

“King of the Hill” is back

Rosary – Kingstone Holy Well

Some pictures from today, where the Rosary was said at Kingstone Holy Well (14.5.2022)


First Holy Communion – Culfadda N.S

Congratulations to the children of Culfadda N.S, their parents and Teachers on celebrating their First Holy Communion today the 14th of May 2022. Let’s hope that they have a wonderful day and that the weather holds up