Bandon Parish

Mons Burke

The late Monsignor Greg Burke                          MonsBurke


Burke. Butte Montana U.S.A. and formerly of Bridge Street, Bandon. Rev Fr Gregory Joseph on 27th July 2014, at Big Sky Senior Living, in Butte, Montana aged 88, most peacefully, son of the late Thomas and Nora (nee O’Leary) Burke, brother of the late Michael John, Tommie, Donal, and Pat, and the late Philomena Canniffe, Bandon and Peggie Kelly, Ennis, Co Clare.

Sadly missed by his loving sisters Ella, 1 Rices Road, Bandon and Hanora Mary Finch of Essex England.

His nephews Sean, Jerry and Thomas Canniffe, Bandon and Gregory Finch Essex, England.

His nieces Anne Canniffe/O’Rourke, Margaret Burke/Whelan, Helen Burke/O’ Rielly, Chele Burke/Graves, Martina Burke/McDonagh, Vita Burke/McCarthy, Maureen Burke, Bernadette Kelly/Murphy, and Susanne Kelly.

His grandnephews Gregory Burke, Cobh, Gregory Finch, Essex GB., Niall O’ Rourke, Bandon, John Canniffe,  Bandon, Brian, Jason, Eric and Alan Canniffe, Cork.

His grandnieces Hilary Canniffe/O’ Driscoll, Ann Canniffe/Walsh, Bandon, Michelle Canniffe/Mulcahy, Bandon, Orla Canniffe/Laverty, Dublin, Aoife O’ Donoghue/O’ Rourke, Bandon and Martha O’ Donovan/O’ Rourke, Bandon.

His extended family and relations, his Brother Priests and Clergy in Bandon, and elsewhere in Diocese of Cork and Ross, and also Diocese of Helena Montana, U.S.A.

His many old school friends, parishioners in the many Parishes he served, in the Diocese of Helena, Montana, his native Parish of Bandon and the Parish of Goleen, West Cork where he once served as relief priest for some months.

Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Bandon at 2.00pm on Saturday August 30th 2014. Burial of ashes immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery.



Heritage Week


Read about the organ restoration at

Organ Recital by Colin Nicholls as part of National Heritage Week.

On Wednesday August 27th an organ recital “Festival of Pipes” will be recited on our newly restored organ by the renowned Colin Nicholls. Colin is a very talented musician- he is now retired from his post as Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Fin Barres Cathedral where he kept this positon for many years. He is a graduate of the Trinity College of Music, London. Other prestigious qualifications include the Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Colin enjoys an active retirement continuing his interests in practical work, including organ building.

The organ in St Patrick’s Church was built in 1809- by Hugh Russel & sons London, its previous home being the North Cathedral in Cork city. On the 12th of June 1870 St Patricks Church acquired the organ. The organ is now 205 years old and has stood tall in the gallery of our church for 144 years. It is a rare and relatively unaltered survival from the very early 19th century. Hardly any instrument of its vintage exists in anything like original condition in Ireland and Britain, so this makes it a very rare and priceless piece of history indeed. In 2012-2013 the organ was expertly and sympathetically restored and returned to its original condition by Neiland Organs of Wexford.

It is now one of the most complete and useful instruments in the area, as well as being one of the most historic in the land. Its sounds, formerly choked by dust, dirt and neglect, are now heard again with their original clarity and what better way to enjoy the beauty of this magnificent instrument than to listen to recital by Colin Nicholls.

St Patrick’s Church Bandon  Organ Recital by Colin Nicholls  Weds 27th August 2014 


Trumpet Voluntary                             William Russell           (1777 – 1813)

Silver Trumpets                                   Edward Rimbault        (1816 – 1876)

Voluntary VIII                                      William Russell           (1777 – 1813)

Three Short Pieces                              Samuel Wesley           (1766 – 1837)

Toccata and Fugue in D minor           J. S. Bach                     (1685 – 1749)

Toccatina for Flute                              Pietro Yon                   (1886 – 1943)

Cloches                                                Marcel Fournier          (1899 – 1963)

Toccata                                               Georgi Mushel                        (1909 – 1989)

Summertime in Bandon Parish

summertimeLord, as the schools close and take a well-earned break for the summer months we give you thanks for a successful academic year in our parish. We pray for all the children who have received the sacraments of Confession, Holy Communion and Confirmation this year and for all students who anxiously await exam results and college placing’s. We think of all our parishioners and pray God’s blessing on them.

“Long warm days, the pace of life slowing, Lord, help me to rest a while in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down my restless heart and fill me with your gentle compassion for all your people. May you walk with me God this summer in whatever I do and wherever I go. Walking with God means walking with honesty and with courage, walking with love and respect and concern for the feelings of others. May I talk with you God this summer and every day and in every situation. Talking with God is to pray words of praise for the beauty of creation, saying prayers of thanks for friends and good times, for sunny days and rain showers, for our health and for gatherings, and for better days to come. Lord, let this summer be a time for us to reflect on the year gone and to look with hope to the future knowing you are always with us. As the sunshine brightens a dull day let us take time God to allow this summer break to renew our faith and brighten the dark corners. Fill us lord with your peace and love. Amen”



Céad Míle Failte

kingston_john73Welcome to the Parish of Bandon in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.

Welcome to a Parish where the Parish assembly facilitates the involvement of the community in the life of the parish.

Welcome to our website – we hope it gives you an insight into the life of the parish.

If you are coming to live in our parish- please make yourself known and we will make you welcome.

Fr John                                     Fr Anthony

New Assembly

On Monday April 21st 2014 Bandon Parish Assembly started its new term in office. Twenty members from the previous assembly will go forward along with 10 new members. Let us acknowledge the wonderful work completed by the previous assembly and wish God’s blessings on those who have retired for now. We welcome our new members and new assembly officers and wish them every success for the next three years in the work they do in God’s name.

Chairperson: Esther Sinnott

Secretary: Maura McCarthy

Vice Chairperson: Theresa McCarthy

God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good. assembly