The Parishes of Bantry Bay

St. Brendan's Church, Bantry  
St. James Church, Durrus    

In Christ, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

Kilmocomogue Union of Parishes

Welcome to our web page. We are the Church of Ireland parishes that surround beautiful Bantry Bay in South West County Cork, Ireland. We are small in number but we have a big heart and we cover a vast area of territory with some of the most amazing scenery. We are a church,  a place of welcome and inclusivity. Everyone is welcome, whoever you are. 

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Upcoming Church Services 

(Holy Communion, Eucharist, Mass, The Lord's Supper)

Harvest Thanksgiving (Sunday, October 2nd 2022) 

Link to service booklet

+ St. Brendan's Church, Bantry at 10am

Canon Paul Willoughby (Rector) 
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The Rector writes ....

From farm to table

On Sunday we will celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. We look forward to welcoming Andrew Coleman as our preacher. Andrew has preached at our harvest on several occasions. It is a joy to have him with us because he is so  enthusiastic, passionate and inspiring. He will be telling us about the work of Christian Aid and the many projects in which they are involved. We in the parish have been happy to support this wonderful work. Thank you for your generosity over the years.  Most recently our diocese, through Christian Aid, has been supporting  a farming project in Burundi which has been helping to set up co-operatives to turn maize into flour. The diocese had sent almost €60,000 towards this work up to February 2020! 

 Our celebration will mark the end of the Season of Creation which we have been marking since the beginning of September. As I have mentioned, we have been called to 'listen to the voices' this year and it is so appropriate that some of the voices being listened to are  farmers involved in our project in Burundi, most of whom are women. 

In school we have also been looking at the Season of Creation in the context of Harvest Thanksgiving.  Apart from being grateful for all the blessings we receive,  one of the other  things we have been focusing on  is to be aware of 'the journey' of all the produce 'from farm to table'!  It may seem absurd for me to write about such a thing here in a farming community but in many countries which supply our food 'from farm to table' many of the farmers and workers are paid a pittance and are exploited.   

In harvest hymns we sing of 'fruits in their season' but now 'fruits' are available all the time. We have got better with meat products and traceability in 'telling the story' of the farmer but we need to do so much better in telling the other stories too. The story of those who pick the bananas, the cocoa beans, the exotic fruits, the tea leaves, the coffee berries and all the other things that go into the basket which make up our daily bread! In all things God bless the work. 

If you would like to make a donation towards continuing ministry in our parish  please use the PayPal link above. 

You could even buy us

 a cup of coffee if you prefer 

by following this link. 

Thank you, in anticipation. 

Contact details for Canon Paul Willoughby

email:            [email protected]

text or phone:  + 353 086 8233399

If you would prefer to use 

Electronic Bank Transfer

please contact us directly for details. 


Kilmocomogue Union of Parishes is committed to safeguarding children by working under the guidance of our national safeguarding policy Safeguarding Trust and its associated procedures. We acknowledge our duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and we are committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

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please contact the rector by email at [email protected]