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Church of Mary the Mother of God
Newtownmanor (Baile Nua an Mhaineír)

 

Church of Mary the Mother of God. Church of Mary the Mother of God.

 

' The earliest ecclesiastical settlement in the Newtownmanor area was Carraig a Teampaill, which according to tradition was a Patrician site. There was a thatched post-penal chapel, called 'Boe Chapel' in the townland of Lugalustran.

St Mary's Church was built in 1825 when Fr Thomas Ford was parish priest. This church served as the parish church of Drumlease until St Patrick's Church, Dromahair was completed in 1890. The site for St Mary's Church was donated by the Whyte family, the local landlords. Colonel J.J.Whyte met and married a French Canadian, who was a Catholic and she became the 'Lady of the Manor'. She had her own special room in the church which was known as the 'lady room'. In January 1877 when their eldest daughter, Gertrude Mary, was married in St Mary's Church it was the Primate of all Ireland, Dr McGettigan, who officiated at it. Following Lady Whyte's death on 13th February 1874, a cross was erected 'by the tenant farmers of the Manor of Newtown as a testimony of their regard and affection' for her.

St Mary's Church was designed to accommodate a much larger congregation than it has today. The altar is where the main entrance now is and there were two side galleries to accommodate the large congregation. Emigration reduced the population greatly and in 1990, while Fr Patsy Young was parish priest, the church was tastefully reordered to meet the needs of a smaller congregation. The orientation of the church was changed with the nave becoming the new liturgical space for altar, ambo and presidential chair. Eugene O'Neill was the architect for this work. New stained-glass windows were inserted. It was re-dedicated by Bishop Francis McKiernan on 24th June 1990. St. Mary's Church is situated in a beautiful landscape, beneath the flat-topped mountain called 'O'Rourke's Table' looking down on the valley below. 'From: 'Churches of the Diocese of Kilmore' by Fr Liam Kelly - Published 2005.

 
Curates from 1848:
Name  Appointed  Transferred/Died
James Connolly 1848 1852
Patrick Brady 1871 1875
Edward Lynch 1876 1879
Patrick Cooke 1879 1880
Hugh MacManus 1880 1881(d.)
Patrick MacLoughlin 1881 1882
Martin Smith 1882 1884
Michael O'Rourke 1884 1888
Matthew F. Kane 1888 1891
Michael McTernan 1891 1895
Terence Connolly 1895 1901
Patrick E. Mallon 1901 1902
James Connolly(Clogher) 1902 1904
Thomas A. O'Keeffe 1904 1912
Edward MacCauley(R.) 1907 1908
Matthew Dolan 1912 1914
Francis Prior 1914 1927
Bernard O'Reilly 1927 1936
John F. Mullen 1936 1946
Patrick A. Fay 1946 1950
Patrick M. Gilbride 1948 1955
Eugene B. Dowd 1955 1961
Desmond Flynn 1961 1965
Michael Cooke 1965 1968
Felim Kelly 1968 1974
Michael MacManus 1974 1975
Peter MacPartlan 1975 1980
Oliver O'Reilly 1980 1983
Bernard Fitzpatrick 1983 1988
The Newtownmanor area was transferred to Killasnett on 23rd August 1969 and back to Drumlease on 13th August 1988 with no resident curate.
From: 'Diocese of Kilmore - Bishops and Priests' by Francis J. McKiernan, Bishop of Kilmore - Published 1989.

 

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