The Parish of Borrisokane

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Parish Mass Times

Weekday Masses Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am, except for days with a funeral mass.

Sts Peter & Paul Church, Borrisokane:
Saturday at 7pm
Sunday at 10:30am, except for the first Sunday of each month when it will be at Aglish

St Michael the Archangel, Aglish:
Sunday at 10:30am, only on the first Sunday of each month

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Borrisokane Parish- reflects the changing face of society.

As in all parishes today the change of demographics, church attendance and the current shortage of priests, Borrisokane/Aglish parish reflects the changing face and interface of society and church. For a number of years we are clustered or working pastorally in co-operation with the parishes of Terryglass and Lorrha. The pastoral area in which our parish is located is known as Cois Deirge, a reminder that our area skirts the beautiful Lough Derg on the river Shannon.

Historically, Borrisokane is the lower Ormond capital, located on the N52/N65 between Nenagh, Portumna and Birr which according to the 2011 Census had a population of 1,294, urban 964, rural 330. (2011) Today, it is a thriving lively business town serving the rural heartland and an important educational centre with a large Community College. Today’s parish is a combination of three medieval parishes: Uskane, Borrisokane and Aglish and it has churches in Aglish and Borrisokane.

Birr Road Church

Borrisokane Catholic Church is St. Peter & Paul’s, has a capacity of 800, extensive grounds with four gardens blending it with the landscaped and a large car park. It is also the through grounds to the nearby large St Peter and Paul’s Cemetery. Located on the Nenagh Rd., the church is a fine, bright, modern, welcoming, worshipping, space and treasured place of prayer at the heart of the town and community. Built and dedicated in 1973 during the pastorate of Dean Patrick Cahill, it was designed by McMahon & Hickey and Partners, and was built by Tom Hayes of Killaloe.

The style of the church is modern, beautiful and bright reflecting a church that opens out into the community. An A-Frame roofed building, simple in its style, evident in the altar, ambo. The main features are the large front window that floods light on to the sanctuary and an unusual wrought iron reredos representing the Lamb of God. It reflects the radical simplicity of style of church in post Vatican 2, council era. The previous church is located on the Birr Rd and had been the place of worship since it was built in 1837. In the current church are the statues and the bell from the old church and a stone baptismal font is located in the garden in the centre of the car park.

( The new St’s Peter & Pauls Church in 1973)

The current church in Aglish is St. Michael the Archangel, built in 1893, with a capacity of 200, located, right of Fortmoy Cross on the Athlone Rd. Designed by Francis O’Connor, who had designed Tuamgraney Church built the year before and a decade earlier the St Flannan’s College Church in Ennis. His trademark was Gothic, revival style. it feels distinctively late 19th century in style and he builder was Michael Martin of Portumna. The building is cut limestone, with a four pinnacle tower and numerous stone crosses. It has several stain glass windows that to many seem to be in the Harry Clarke era style. With the near bye primary school, it remains at the heart of the community, though now having one mass a month, it will continue to be a place for baptisms, weddings and funerals for many years to come. 

Aglish Church after renovations

(St Michael the Archangel Church newly renovated in 1972)