Church of the Sacred Heart Glengarriff
The Church of the Sacred Heart, Glengarriff, is the local Roman Catholic church and was erected in 1902. It replaced the “Old Chapel” in the burial grounds at Cappyaughna which had been built in 1829 and was in a bad state of repair. The “Old Chapel” has been renovated and is now the Community Hall.
The church is built on a well selected site, within sight of the old building and sheltered as it is by a fine background of hill and foliage. Its’ simple, though graceful, architecture presents a pleasing appearance which harmonises admirably with its beautiful surroundings. The building is in Gothic style. It has a beautiful roof of red pine, supported on limestone corbels; a gallery over the front door. The outside is built from solid stone from the local quarry, all buoins and jambs and window trimmings are limestone. The inside of the church is well proportioned and wonderfully equipped. The visitor is first struck by the splendid chancel window, which is 18 feet high and consists of three lights with large rose at top. In the rose light is represented the scene of the Crucifixion with the Blessed Virgin and St John on either side of the Cross. In the centre light is a large and very handsome figure of St Joseph, and on the right is represented the Apparition of the Sacred Heart to the Blessed Margaret Mary, and on the left the institution of the Heart of the Most Holy Rosary, our Blessed lady handing the Rosary Beads to St Dominic. The whole window is a work of art. The church of the Sacred Heart is completely in harmony with its beautiful surroundings.
From Glengarriff Sacred Heart Church 1902-2002 – copies are available in the church €3 each.
To find out more about the parish of Glengarriff/Bonane visit www.dioceseofkerry.ie and visit Glengarriff parish page of Contact Fr Michael Moynihan PP 027 63045/0876551902