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 Sunday Church Services

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

Upcoming Sunday Church Services

The Fourth Sunday in Lent 

(Sunday, March 19th ) 

Mothering Sunday

Service of Confirmation

Link to service booklet

+ St Brendan's Church, Bantry (10am)

YouTube link 

(the YouTube service will be available on Sunday afternoon)

Livestream Feed

Wednesdays in Lent

March 22nd 2023

+St Brendan's Church, Bantry (Noon)

Next Sunday

Sunday, March 26th 2023

The Fifth Sunday in Lent 

  • St Brendan's Church, Bantry (10am)
  • St. James' Church, Durrus (11.45am)
  • Holy Baptism and Holy Communion

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

This weekend we are celebrating St Patrick, our patron saint, who brought Christianity to Ireland. The lives of the saints are an inspiration to us because they demonstrate strength, courage and determination and, like a relay race, they pass the baton on to each generation. Patrick, in his time, was passing on the faith he received. In humility Patrick did not believe that he was unique, or special in bringing  faith to people. He often referred to himself as an “unlearned sinner,” whose achievements were not from his own hands but rather gifts from God. The saints and martys bring us closer to God because through their lives and the things they have accomplished we get a foretaste, a foreshadowing of God’s Heavenly kingdom here and now. 

Last week I mentioned the Church in Chains movement which catalogues Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith. There has never been a time in world history when someone, somewhere, has not died rather than compromise their faith or beliefs when confronted by the powers of oppression, tyranny and unbelief! There have been more real Christian martyrs in the past hundred years than in all the other centuries combined, from the gulags to Nazi death camps, from Maoist China, to Pakistan, to the Solomon Islands. Above the West Door of Westminster Abbey stand ten statues to modern martyrs. Installed in 1988, the statues are of Christians who gave up their lives for their beliefs. The martyrs are drawn from every continent and many Christian denominations and represent all who have been oppressed or persecuted for their faith. 

The great civil rights leader Martin Luther King and 

St. Óscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador were assassinated for their beliefs. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed in 1945 by the Nazi regime

Pastor Wang Zhiming was murdered during the Chinese cultural revolution.  

Maximilian Kolbe died in Auschwitz. 

Manche Masemola, a young teenager in South Africa,  was murdered by her parents for her faith,    

Janani Luwum archbishop of Uganda, defied the regime Idi Amin. 

Esther John, murdered for evangelising in the newly formed  Muslem county Paskistan.  

Lucian Tapiedi, died in New Guinea during WW2

Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria was murdered in 1918. 




Blessed be God for ever. 

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

Contact details for Canon Paul Willoughby

email:            [email protected]

text or phone:  + 353 086 8233399

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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]