Office: 028-22828, Open: Tues, Wed, Thurs from 10.00am to 12.00.

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Catholic Faith Communities of Skibbereen, Rath and the Islands

Parish Office

Opening Hours:

Tuesday morning from

10 am - 12 noon.

Please contact Margaret in advance by leaving a message

on 028 22828 or email and she will respond to your request during office hours.

Please note new editorial email


Open for Prayer

In challenging times like this people find strength, consolation and hope in prayer. We rediscover the value of the traditional prayers such as the Rosary, the Memorare, and St Patrick’s Breastplate etc. The obligation to be physically present at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (including St. Patrick’s Day) is suspended for everybody until further notice.

Priests will continue to remember the needs of parishioners at Mass celebrated privately. Fr Michael and Fr Chris invite you to join with them in praying especially for those who are in leadership in our country and our church who have difficult choices to make at this time.  We all pray for all who are involved in our medical and emergency professions. We also pray for our most vulnerable people and those who are feeling particularly anxious at this time.

Parishioners are also encouraged to pray at home, including especially prayers for the sick, for those who are caring for the sick and for all who are working so hard to protect us

All of these arrangements are under constant review. Please keep an eye on our social media for updates as they become available

Our Parishes Website:

Our Diocesan website:

We wish you every blessing in these coming weeks and we pray that, as a Christian community and as a nation, we may be able with God’s grace to overcome this significant challenge.

Fr Michael and Fr Chris

Rath and the Islands Parishioners – Facebook Page!

“Rath and the Islands Parish”.

Please Like/Share/Follow – please tell family and

friends who are away from home. Find this by logging

in through Facebook or Google and then searching

“Rath and the Islands Parish”.

Or you may also click this button!

Rath and the Islands Facebook

St Patrick’s Cathedral Skibbereen also has a notable Facebook page!

Click this button and explore!

St Patrick's Cathedral, Skibbereen

Hear Mass via the TV and Internet

Cathedral Parish (St. Mary & St Anne) [Sunday 11.30am]

The churches below all have webcam service. (May be switched off outside of Mass times.)

Go to for the links or on to the parish website.  
Click here -→

Ballincollig, Ballinlough, Bandon: St. Patrick’s (
Sun 10.30am),

Blackpool Church (Sun 10am),

Blackrock: St. Michael’s (Saturday @ 6pm & Sunday @ 9am & 11am),

Blackrock Road (SMA), Carraig na bhFear
Dominicans, St. Mary’s Pope’s Quay, Kinsale Parish (
Sat 6.30pm; Sun 10am, 12n),

Murragh and Templemartin (Sun 10.30),

Sacred Heart Parish, Western Rd, SMA Wilton, St.

Augustines, Washington St, Cork, Turners Cross, Cork.

Radio Maria: Mass is broadcast daily at 10.00 am and on Sunday at 10.00 am and 11.00 am. Listen on Saorview ch210, or on the “Radio Maria Ireland” App, or on Internet and on Facebook “Listen Live Radio”

RTE TV also will also broadcast Mass every weekday at 10.30am.

Another source of daily internet Masses is:

Click here

Daily Mass

Extracts from an older letter from Bishop Fintan Gavin

..... We continue to be a Church very much ‘open for business’ celebrating Mass without a congregation and providing pastoral support in new and creative ways such as phone calls and using different forms of social media. ......

Clarity around Funerals: With regard to funerals there appears to still be some confusion about what should happen.  There is no reason why any person should not have a Funeral Mass taking account of restricted attendance to twenty persons, social-distancing and hand sanitising requirements.

Emergency Anointings: It is not safe for a priest to go into a nursing home or family home to anoint a critically sick or dying person at this time. In order to provide pastoral care in such situations in collaboration with the hospital groups we have been able to arrange for a group of priests who have made themselves available to be trained for this including the use of personal protective equipment. This arrangement should be in place by the middle of next week and I will be in further contact with more specific details.  

Yours sincerely in Christ,

✠ Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross

Cork and Ross Diocesan Offices, Redemption Road, Cork, T23 PXD0

+353 21 430 1717

No public Masses for the time being.!

Mass from Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands Parishes is available from the Parishes’ Facebook pages.

The Mass is interactive and families can follow it by joining in. The readings and Prayers of the Faithful are are available on the page. We hope that this will bring us together spiritually.

Mass this weekend →    Click here!

Weekend Mass

Churches Re-opening.

The Parish Assemblies of Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands are inviting people to volunteer to be part of a rota of people who give an hour in their Church.

Depending on the availability of people a schedule of opening times will be put together. If you wish to be involved please contact one of the members of your Parish Assembly or phone the Parish Office and leave your name and contact number.


Notices from the Cork and Ross Diocesan Website can be found by clicking this button

The parishes are now signed up with Redemptorist publications for the Childrens page. See below! These will be on the Facebook pages led by Fr Troll and friends.

Just click the button to get to the Rath and the Islands Facebook page

Or this button to unload an image file of the Redemptorist publication called LOOK for childrens activities

See below!

Rath and the Islands Facebook Look 19.07.20.jpeg Return to Home Page

Your attention is drawn to the helpful and comprehensive government advice about the threat of the Coronavirus Covid 19 on the HSE website

Skibbereen Luncheon Club

Meals on Wheels available six days per week with the help of our colleagues in Skibbereen Lions Club. For all enquires please contact 028 22269 or 086 4093114.

Parish Assemblies

Thank you to the Parish Assemblies for their work on Churches re-opening. They are taking responsibility for organising the volunteers for stewarding and the arrangements within the Churches.

Trócaire Lenten Appeal: You may have seen the adverts currently running on TV & Radio asking you to return your Lenten Appeal Contribution. You are welcome to make your contribution directly to Trócaire. Or,  in keeping with tradition, the Parish is happy to receive your contribution. You can drop your contribution through the Cathedral sacristy door or the Parish office door. All contributions will be returned to Trócaire. 

Call for Volunteers

From Monday June 29th it is allowed to have public Masses again.

HSE guidelines on ‘social distancing’ mean that place will be limited and new practices will be in place.

The Parish Assemblies of both Skibbereen and Rath and the Islands parishes are coordinating volunteers for each Mass to ensure we are in accordance with safe practise.

We need your help. Each Mass will need two, three or more people for each Mass, especially for the first few weeks.

The more people volunteer to be there, to guide people through the seating plan, to coordinate Communion and to clean down the seats afterwards, the better,

If we don’t get people we will have fewer Masses.

If you would leave your name and contact number or email address on 028-22828 and say  which church you will be attending then we can begin to plan the Mass schedule next week.

We are really looking forward to being able to pray the Mass together again but to make it possible we need you.

Frs Michael and Chris

The First Communion and Confirmation of young people in Skibbereen and Rath: Please see Bishop Fintan’s letter below!

Diocesan Website

The latest news may be accessed from our facebook pages!

Click here to access these –>

St Patrick's Cathedral, Skibbereen, Facebook Diocesan Website

Rath and the Islands Parish Assembly

Fr Chris O’Donovan

The Rath and the Islands Parish Assembly are planning a Farewell Mass on Friday evening, 14th August at 5.30pm at Rath Church.

Please check the Parish facebook site for further details near the time. Click here