is from Nov 2022

Welcome to Cahir Parish

St Mary's is the Parish Catholic Church in Cahir, Co Tipperary, the northernmost parish in the diocese of Waterford and Lismore.
Welcome to our website - by clicking on the various links you will be able to see relevant information in more detail. 
Please do so to get a feel of what Cahir as your parish has to offer you



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The Diocesan Pastoral Plan to 2024 identifies the role of the laity in the future of our Church.
More details here.

After major diocesan changes, we bid a céad míle fáilte to 
Parish Administrator Fr Peter Cullen who joined us on September 1 2019. 

There is great work going on, on behalf of the Parish, at Tobar Íosa, 
Cahir's Holy Well, just off the Tipperary Road.
Feel free to lend a hand by contacting any committee member.


The Parish of St Mary's was lucky enough to be selected as one of only five in Ireland to have the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua displayed. The event took place on Thursday June 9 2016 before a sizeable gathering through the day.

From the 9th to the 16th of June 2016, St Anthony's relics visited Ireland in the form of two relics, one of which is the one Pope Francis venerated sixteen years ago in Argentina. 

The relics were accompanied by Fr Mario Conte, editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, the magazine published by the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Saint Anthony's Basilica in Padua, Italy, where the Saint lies in his Tomb.

When Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, he led a prominent procession through the streets of the Argentinian capital in the year 2000, carrying in his hands a reliquary containing a precious relic of St Anthony of Padua - a piece of his floating rib.The future Pope's devotion to St Anthony was due to the Saint's love, care and concern for the poor and marginalized. Known for helping people find lost items, St Anthony intercedes with those trying to find a job, a home, faith, love, hope and mercy. 

Retirement of Sacristan 
The Parish of St Marys would like to wish the best of good health to Bill Noonan who retired from his duties as Sacristan at the end of December 2016. Bill fulfilled the role to the community for close on thirty years and always went about his tasks with the minimum of fuss but with a real dedication. His total commitment to the job ensured the smooth running of the parish liturgies over the years. Always approachable, the priests and people of Cahir and surrounds appreciate your sterling service. Thanks Bill !

Benemerenti Medal Presentation 

Congratulations to parishoner Denis O'Mahony who has been awarded a Benemerenti Medal by Pope Francis for his outstanding service to the community. Denis continues to be a tireless volunteer with organizations such as St Vincent de Paul, Meals on Wheels, the Day Care Centre, the GAA and the Credit Union amongst many others having had the benefit of his experience, knowledge and dedication over the years. At 11.30 Mass on Sunday 22 November 2015, Denis was presented with his scroll and medal before an appreciative congregation.

John Paul II medal presentation

The John Paul II Award is an award offered to secondary school students who complete 20 hours of community work and 20 hours of parish work throughout the year.

The award was one of the last initiatives introduced by Bishop William Lee before his retirement and encourages young people to get involved in their community and parish.

The four schools and parishes involved in the pilot scheme were C.B.S Tramore, Stella Maris, Tramore, Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir and Blackwater School in Lismore & Cappoquin parishes.

Diocesan coordinator, Fr Michael Toomey, said he was “astounded” at the enthusiasm and commitment of the students. “When people ask me – ‘where are the young people in our church?’ I can now say that they are just outside the door and waiting to be invited in!”

The John Paul II Awards were introduced in Derry in 2006, as an initiative to promote young people's involvement in their Parish and Community. The Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, introduced the Award as a Pilot Scheme in 2013-2014. Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir was one of the schools who participated with great enthusiasm. The John Paul II Awards quickly became known as JP2 among the students, local parish and community. Guided by Ms. Josephine Wade, the School Chaplain at Colaiste Dún Iascaigh, the JP2 students began their tasks last September.
At a ceremony in the pastoral centre in Waterford, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, presented 30 Coláiste Dún Iascaigh students with medals for having worked within the community over the last 12 months. Students read at Mass, they developed a reflective place in the Coláiste, they worked voluntarily at the Senior Citizen’s Party, they volunteered for St. Vincent De Paul, worked with the Tidy Towns committee and raised money for the National Council for the Blind and for the Tipperary Hospice, to name a few.
As the students reflected on their experience, they all agreed that not only did they give a lot, they also gained a lot of confidence and strength for their endeavours. 

Sisters of Mercy leave Cahir after 151 years of service
The Sisters of Mercy bade farewell to Cahir on Sunday, December 7 2014. Their first school was established in the town over 150 years ago. Mass was celebrated in St Mary's Church, Cahir at 11.30am and a beautiful presentation was made to Sisters of Mercy by 
Fr Gerry Langford, then PP on behalf of all parishioners and local attendees at the school over the many decades.
Refreshments were served to a large throng of well-wishers afterwards in Our Lady of Mercy Primary School

 Parish Office
Our Parish Office is adjacent to the Day Care Centre. 
You can now contact us by email (address below) or at 052 7443447.
The office itself is open Monday-Thursday 10.30am to 4pm and on Friday 10.30am - 1pm.

 Renovation Appeal
Many thanks to those who are availing of the bank transfer method to AIB Cahir, Account No. 02809165, Sort Code 93-50-42.
Many thanks also to others who wish to give on a weekly or monthly basis through box envelopes.

Anyone who has been in the vicinity of the Church will have noticed the repairs completed on the church roof. The work on the leaking roof has turned out to be greater than anticipated and has required more funding. Now the antiquated heating system needs attention. To this end the weekly envelope collection began in June 2014 and your continued help is most appreciated.

TY join the ranks
A big welcome to the TY (Transition Year) students  from Cahir's Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, many of who have joined the 
Parish Council and are a breath of fresh air with their views, commitment, hard work and energy.
The fruits of their labours have become more apparent and will be clear to be seen as the weeks continue.
We are the Church and we can all play our part.

Christmas in St Mary's

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Your Parish Contacts 

Fr. Peter Cullen
Phone: 052-7441585  
Email: tbc

Parish Secretary 052 7443447
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 12 noon

St Vincent de Paul 052 7442424
Meals On Wheels 085 8226865
Light Out Of Darkness 052 7441294

Bereavement Group 052 7441591 and 052 7441686
Pioneer Total Abstinence Association 052 7441929
Aiseíri Treatment Centre 052 7441166

Convent Of Mercy Primary School 052 7441950
Boys National School 052 7442062
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh 052 7442828

Túsla Diocesan Safeguarding of Children 051 842827

Information correct as of  5 September 2021