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© Manister church

The parish church in Manister is dedicated to Archangel Michael. A plaque of dedication reads "Church of Michael Archangel, Opened 13th January 1991, in the presence of apostolic Nuncio Emmanuel Gerada Bishop Jeremiah Newman, James Costello, P.P."

The last mass in the old church was celebrated on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11th February 1990. The first mass in the new church was offered on the vigil of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 7th December 1990.

There is a graveyard to the front and to the back of the church. A water font on the right hand side of the church reads "John Hanrahan, Doctor of Sorbonne, got this made in 1756, Pray for him".

There is a shrine to the front left of the church in Manister. A wall from the old church, which dates from 1825, is preserved in front of the church together with a cross from the old mass house, dating from the early 1700's according to local tradition.

Wall from original parish church
© Wall from original parish church

The church of St Michael was built in 1825. This church was unusual in that it had a loft, which was used as a schoolhouse for children of the parish. It is the remains of the wall of this church that can now be seen in the churchyard of the present day parish church.

Altar in Manister church
© Altar in Manister church
Stained glass window in Manister church
© Stained glass window in Manister church

Parishioners donated the Stations of the Cross. Inside the door, on the right is a statue to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, which was erected in memory of Kathleen (Cregan) Lyons, Cregane, Charleville, who died May 20th, 1932. Her husband and daughter erected the statue. A statue to the Sacred Heart is on the left.

A plaque on the left of the altar states that Patrick Hayes, P.P., VF, Burnie, Tasmania, Australia erected it in memory of his father and mother, Patrick and Anne Hayes.

John Barry and his wife Mary of Kildonnell, Manister, donated the stained glass windows on the right of the altar, in memory of their parents.

Buried in the grounds of the church are:

  Jeremiah O'Gorman, Parish Priest, Died 22nd December 1916, Aged 55
  John G. Fitzgerald, P.P. for 24 years, Died 27th April 1914, Aged 74
  Michael McCormack, 17 years as C.C., 33 years as P.P. Died 9th June 1885, Aged 85

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