Baptisms in Clonkilty Parish are celebrated and planned with our neighbour parishes in our family of parishes.

Click this link for information about how to arrange a baptism.


Confessions are heard on Saturday at 12 noon in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

There is a Penitential Service before Christmas and Easter to help prepare for these two great Feasts.  They are usually held on the Monday prior to the Feast but it is advisable to check the date at that time.

Children will make their First Confession prior to their First Holy Communion on a date specific to their school.


Holy Communion

Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in the parish.  Requests for this may be made to the sacristy or by phone or email.

Gluten free hosts are available during Mass from the celebrant at the top of the centre aisle.

Children begin their preparation for First Holy Communion in Second Class in the schools in the parish.  The Do This in Memory Mass which is held on scheduled Sundays throughout the school year is an integral part of the preparation for both children and parents.  First Holy Communion Ceremonies take place in the month of May.

First Holy Communion 2023

The following are the dates of Masses in the family of parishes at which children from the local schools will receive their First Holy Communion. These dates will be preceded by an enrolment ceremony (dates to be decided), participation with their families at Sunday Mass and the celebration of First Reconciliation in February.

All the 2023 First Holy Communion Masses will be at 10.30am.

  • Saturday May 6th
  • Scoil na mBuachaillí / St. Joseph’s at Clonakilty Church
  • Saturday May 13th
  • Barryroe NS at Barryroe Church
  • Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin at Clonakilty Church
  • Rosscarbery Parish schools at Rosscarbery Church
  • Saturday May 20th
  • Knockskeagh NS & Darrara NS at Clonakilty Church
  • Kilmeen NS at Rossmore Church
  • Timoleague NS at Timoleague Church
  • Saturday May 27th
  • Ardfield NS and Rathbarry NS at Rathbarry Church
  • Clogagh NS at Clogagh Church

Confirmation ceremonies for the Fifth and Sixth Classes in the four parish schools are held every second year.

These dates have been announced by the Bishop’s Office for the parishes in our family of parishes for 2023. All ceremonies are at 10.30am.

Wednesday, Feb 22nd  Timoleague & Clogagh

Thursday Feb 23rd         Kilmeen & Castleventry

Friday, Feb 24th        Barryroe

Monday March 13th  Rosscarbery

Thursday, March 30th    St. Joseph’s G.N.S. & Darrara N.S.

Monday April 24th            Scoil na mBuachaillí & Knockskeagh N.S.

Tuesday, May 9th       Ardfield/Rathbarry


Weddings for both the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Sacred Heart Church, Darrara may be booked by contacting the Parish Office at (023) 8835654 (M-F 9.30 – 1.30pm) or

Separately, you need to arrange with a priest or permanent deacon to officiate at the ceremony. A celebrant is not automatically assigned when you book the church! If you live elsewhere, you may wish to invite one of your own priests to come and officiate at the ceremony. If this is not possible, the local priests in the family of parishes will do our best to facilitate you -- subject to our availability on the day. The priests who minister in this family of parishes are listed here.

There is a fee payable to Clonakilty and Darrara Parish for the use of the church to include insurance, lighting, heating, sacristan, etc of €300 for couples who are not resident parishioners in Clonakilty. (The offering given to the priest celebrant is separate.)

Prior to the wedding there are both civil and church requirements to be completed without which the wedding cannot take place.

Civil Requirements

You must make an appointment with any Civil Registrar to give Notification of Intention to Marry. This meeting must take place at least three months before the date of your wedding in order to comply with the civil requirement. The Registrar’s Office will let you know what you need to bring with you.

When all the civil requirements have been completed satisfactorily, you will receive a Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the Registrar. Without this form you cannot get married.

Contact details:
Civil Registration Office, Adelaide Street, Cork. Tel: 021- 4275126
Civil Registration Office, Coolnagurrane, Skibbereen.  Tel: 028 40570
If you are currently living abroad, this link will advise you about giving Notification of Intention to Marry from your current location

Church Documentation

The documentation required by the Church can only be done within six months of the date of the wedding.  This is usually completed by a priest in the parish of your normal residence.  For this you will each require a Baptismal Certificate, a Confirmation Certificate, a certificate of completion of a Pre-Marriage Course and a Letter of Freedom where necessary. The priest will then complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form in respect of each party and then forward them on to the parish where the marriage is to take place if different from the parish of residence.  If necessary, the priest will arrange for any dispensations that may be required.

If you are living abroad, the priest who completes the forms will send them on to the local Archdiocese or Diocese who will them send them to the Diocese of Cork and Ross for verification before forwarding them to the parish where the wedding is to take place.

Pre-marriage courses are offered at the following venues:
ACCORD Centre, Bantry. Tel: 027 50272 and