St. Mary Magdalene’s Parish, Monaleen

Welcome to our parish website – we hope you find it informative and return regularly. Your feedback is very welcome and please let me know if there are any errors or omissions.

For those who are not familiar with our parish, Monaleen is located to the east of Limerick city, just off the Dublin Road, in Castletroy. It was originally part of St. Patrick’s Parish on Clare Street, but was set up as an independent parish in 1971. At that time there were about 380 homes in our parish. Now we have approximately 4,500 homes.

Forty nine years have seen immense changes in our parish. We have seen a vast increase in the size of our community, and a massive growth of our school population, with an additional primary school, and a highly successful second-level school, with outstanding achievements of our sporting clubs at both juvenile and senior level.

Our parish website has been online since 2003 and has built up a vast amount of information on all aspects of life in Monaleen, both church and community.

These are a few recent notices gathered from the Parish Newsletter and Monaleen Notes (Limerick Leader) which may be of interest. Please go to Parish Newsletter and Noticeboard for a more extensive list.

Return to Mass, Deo gratias

26 June 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I trust you are all keeping well. As you know, we are beginning to emerge from the lockdown. We will resume celebrating Mass together in St. Mary Magdalene church here in Monaleen on Tuesday 30th June at our usual time of 9.45am. Observing the social distancing of two metres, we will be able to accommodate only thirty people in the church. The seats will be marked clearly and there will be guidance about other precautionary measures.

Because our church, lovely though it is, is so small we will not be celebrating weekend Masses there. Instead, to be able to accommodate greater numbers and with the kind agreement of the clergy in St. John’s, we will have Mass at 7.00pm on Saturday and 9.00am on Sunday in the Cathedral. For those who can’t join us in person, these will be live-streamed on

So, our Mass timetable for the time being is as follows:

There will be no Mass on Monday
Tuesday: 9.45am St. Mary Magdalene
Wednesday: 9.45am St. Mary Magdalene
Thursday: 9.45am St. Mary Magdalene
Friday: 9.45am St. Mary Magdalene
Saturday: 7.00pm St. John’s Cathedral
Sunday: 9.00am St. John’s Cathedral

While we already have some volunteers to assist with stewarding and church sanitizing – to do what we can to assure safety – we require many more to share the load. I would love to hear from you if you are willing and available.

The dispensation from the Sunday obligation continues; so, if you are in one of the so-called vulnerable categories or if you are unwell or just fearful of being around other people for the moment, you are not obliged to attend Sunday Mass. As I mentioned above you can join us on live-streaming.

Confirmation and First Holy Communion
I expect to receive from the Diocese, in the near future, the names and contact details of those who have registered for First Holy Communion and Confirmation. The ceremonies will be celebrated in late summer/early autumn. I will be in touch directly with the parents.

The celebration of Baptism is possible again. You are welcome to contact me to make arrangements. They will be celebrated on Saturdays at 4.00pm and Sundays at 12.30pm.

Canon Gerard Garrett P.P.


Virtual Pilgrimages from Knock Shrine

Pilgrimage Masses are streamed live each Sunday at and Facebook @knockshrine, commencing with Rosary at 2.30pm and Mass at 3.00pm.

Light a Candle, Place a Petition or remember a loved one with a Mass Card.

See for more details of upcoming online pilgrimages and online services.


Pilates Classes

Edel O’Shea is now teaching Pilates classes on Wednesdays and Friday mornings at 10.00am on Zoom.

Anyone can join, just contact her at +353876897735 for details.


Some Monaleen History for Lockdown Reading!

I hope everyone is keeping well and safe in Monaleen. I am missing doing my weekly update to in the absence of our Newsletter for now. So I came across this link recently and thought it might be of interest to our readers.

Field Name Books of the County and City of Limerick with the Place-Names, English and Irish as explained and fixed by John O’Donovan. Ordnance Survey of Ireland 1839-40 with the addition of The Ordnance Survey Letters for Co. Limerick, presented on a parish by parish basis, alphabetically and with inter-active maps


The Field Name Books of the County and City of Limerick is a collection of more than 1,700 pages of notes taken by surveyors during the first ordnance survey of County Limerick, c. 1840. They comprise a vast quantity of data on the geography, placenames, antiquities and other miscellaneous information relating to Limerick.


Supplementary to the Field Name Books are the Ordnance Survey Letters, correspondence between the surveyors in the field and the central office in Dublin – these letters contain useful additional materials.

If you open the link and look for Kilmurry, you will see that Monaleen and the surrounding areas are listed in detail. There are 2 documents relating to each civil parish – one that lists every townland/field/house and one that is a letter of description of the general area.

Anyone who is from Limerick city will find the Limerick City link very interesting too. Enjoy and stay safe! Ann x