St Patrick's Church, Celbridge
By 1855 the Mass House which had served the people of Celbridge for over one hundred years was in a poor state of repair. It was situated in front of the present church. It was known as a Mass House as Mass was the only service allowed in it. Other sacraments and ceremonies were administered in people's homes.
The Mass House had a thatched roof and the priest's house was where the present bell is sited. The House had served the people of Celbridge for over 100 years. It had been erected to replace the confiscated churches after the Reformation.
Fr Daniel Byrne, the parish priest of Celbridge, launched an appeal for funds to repair the Mass House but the repairs were not satisfactory. He then launched an appeal to build a new church. He intended having a bell tower to the front but funds did not allow for it. By 4th March 1857, £700 had been collected and on 15th March the foundation was laid.
The church was blessed and officially opened in June 1859 by Rev. Dr Moriarty, Bishop of Kerry in the absence of the Archbishop. The cost of the building amounted to £4,859.
The centenary of the church was celebrated on Sunday 2nd August
-Tony Doohan, A History of Celbridge
Location. 53° 20.373′ N, 6° 32.334′ W. Marker is in Celbridge, Leinster, in County Kildare. Marker is on Main Street (Leinster Route R405) 0.2 kilometers south of Maynooth Road (Leinster Route R405), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Celbridge, Leinster W23 XW58, Ireland. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Bridgeman (a few steps from this marker); Sir Gerald Dease, K.C.V.O. (within shouting distance of this marker); Kildrought House (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Celbridge (about 150 meters away); Arthur's Way / Cosán Arthur (about 150 meters away); Celbridge Abbey (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Celbridge Union Workhouse Cemetery Gate (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Celbridge Union Workhouse Cemetery (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Celbridge.
Also see . . .
1. Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Celbridge, County Kildare. (Submitted on December 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Centenary Celebrations in Celbridge on Sunday (Leinster Leader, 1959). (Submitted on December 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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