Welcome to our Website and we hope that you enjoy reading about Nenagh Parish and the wide range of people and activities that encompass our community. Trying to capture a parish is not easy so please see the following as a mere glimpse of what we are about. If you wish to get involved in any of the groups and activities please make contact with us and we’d be very glad to welcome you into the life of our Parish.
St. Mary of the Rosary Church
On Sunday, 2 October 1892, the foundation stone was laid for a new Catholic church in Nenagh. Just four years later, on Sunday 23 August 1896, a dedication Mass was held for the brand new St Mary of the Rosary church. Under the leadership of the noted ecclesiastical architect Walter Doolin, the new church was built in the style of thirteenth-century English Gothic design. The new structure would change the landscape of the town of Nenagh forever.
Church of St John the Baptist
On the last Sunday of May 1970, the town of Nenagh welcomed the opening of a new Catholic church. Situated on the grounds of the town’s 34 year-old hospital, the Church of St John the Baptist was designed by architect Seamus Shesgreen. Since 1970, St John’s has been a spiritual centre for the people of Tyone, Ballygraigue and the wider parish community. With deep links to the Augustinian Abbey at Tyone, Nenagh Workhouse and the Sisters of Mercy, the Church of St John the Baptist sits at an intersection of history and change.
Very often when we begin to describe our Parish we become totally focused on the buildings and we forget the people that make these buildings come alive. Take our two beautiful churches in the Parish – St. Mary of the Rosary and St. John the Baptist. Both have a vibrant group of people who make each place of worship a centre of so many lives. Each has it’s ministries of Reader and Eucharistic Ministers. Both have choirs, organists and musicians that enhance our liturgies. Sacristans in both churches ensure the smooth running of our celebrations. Collectors and counters are efficient in taking care of collections. Among the unsung heroes are the cleaners and all who decorate both churches. Nothing is too challenging for them.