St. Patrick’s Rathvilly

Tues, Wed, Thurs & Friday, 12/13/14/15 Feb Mass at 9.30 a.m.



Adoration Thursday, 14th February 10 a.m. to 12 Noon

Adoration Friday, 15th February 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Saturday Mass at 7.30 p.m.
Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.

Date of Church: 1887

Style: Gothic

Architect: William Hague

Builder: John Harris, Monasterevin

Building Pastor: Fr. Patrick C. Nolan P.P.

RATHVILLY (RATH-BHILE; THE FORT OF THE GREAT TREE).
Bile referred to a large tree held in veneration, usually where chiefs were inaugurated, or games celebrated. A great insult was for one tribe to cut down the ceremonial tree of another. Such a tree must have existed in Rathvilly.

The Rath is thought to have formed a link in a series of earthen forts which included Eagle Hill, Clonmore, Tullow and Castlemore.
Crimthann, who became King of Leinster in 443, is said to have been baptised by St. Patrick with his family at Rathvilly in 450.
Building began on the present church in 1883. Stone came from granite quarries in the vicinity. The church is described in The Nation as “comprising nave, aisles, chancel, two side chapels, large sacristies, with parochial room over same, and tower and porch to the north and south aisles respectively. The clear length inside is 127ft., width 28ft., chancel 28ft. x 27ft, and the height of the nave and chancel 60ft. to ridge. The aisles are divided from the nave by five bays of granite moulded arches”.

Fr. Patrick C. Nolan, P.P. 1855-1885, died before the church was completed. It opened in 1887 when Fr. John Phelan was P.P.
Fr. Bernard Ryan P.P. (1983-1993) had the Church interior re-ordered in 1988.

A Prayer Room was provided close to the Pulpit.