The Parishes of Bantry Bay

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

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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)

The Second Sunday of Advent (Sunday December 4th 2022) 

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

Link to service booklet

YouTube link

Livestream Feed

+ St. James' Church, Durrus (11.45am)

Link to service booklet

YouTube link

Livestream Feed

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

Soon and very soon

On Sunday in the gospel reding from St Matthew we will encounter John the Baptist at his fiery best. From the wilderness he preaches his strong message of repentance. In the original Greek the word used for ‘repentance’ was ‘metanoeo’ which really means a change of mind or thinking and reflecting so powerfully that it changes ones whole life. This is very helpful because John  the great forerunner, is entrusting people to reflect and ponder.  He is not ‘ramming their sins’ into their faces and making them feel bad but rather he is asking people to step away from their lives for a moment and have close look. 

John’s ministry began in the wilderness. He came from there to share his message. The wilderness has a special place in scripture - not a place of being tested, punished where one is lost and abandoned  but rather a place to escape, to ‘recharge your spiritual batteries’ a place to learn, to reflect and even find yourself. Yes, it is a place of testing but also a place where one encounters God. Many people today walk ‘The Camino’ in Northern Spain to have this exact experience. As the Children of Israel hoped for the Messiah to come and liberate them so we know that Jesus Christ, the true Messiah, did come as an infant and lived among us, as one of us. He is the embodiment of our hope, the bringer of light, love, joy and peace. Blessed be God for ever. 

In the tender, loving mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,  to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ St. Luke 1. 78 - 79

Blessed be God for ever. 

Weekly Parish Bulletin

Christmas Hampers

As part of our parish fundraising efforts this year we are having a Christmas raffle. The raffle is based upon the twelve days of Christmas. There will be twelve prizes, where each prize will increase by one item on the last, leading up to twelfth prize.   The first prize will be a bottle of whiskey, the second prize will be a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of wine … the twelfth prize will be a fabulous Christmas hamper with twelve luxury items. All in all a delightful Christmas treat for a lucky winner!The prize draw will take place on Sunday, December 18th. 

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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

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]