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 4,400 homes.

Forty six 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. I might have updated Msgr. Dan’s quote below, but it seems to be just as relevant today as it was in 2003.

“Welcome to Monaleen Parish Website which I hope you will find interesting and informative. Browsing through its pages, you get a glimpse of the many and varied activities of our parish life. May it also encourage you to get involved in your own community or come and join ours.”

Msgr. Daniel Neenan

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.

Monaleen Cancer Support Group Fun Run:

Monaleen Cancer Support Group are holding their 5 /10 km Fun Run/Walk on Sunday March 25.

  • Start / Finish Monaleen GAA Clubhouse.
  • 5km/10km Run Starts 2.00pm
  • 10km Walk Starts 2.15pm
  • Registration in Clubhouse for all from 11.00am.

Great Family Day Out. Volunteers are needed for stewarding during the event – if you are available please phone 087 2113394.

From the Hills of Monaleen – the Story of the Hanrahan Family:

See for the wonderful story of John Hanrahan and Mary Belson and their family who emigrated from Killonan in 1852 and settled in Wisconsin as pioneers.

One of their descendants, Ian Hanrahan got in touch via and very kindly offered to share their story with the current residents of Monaleen.

The booklet starts by describing the history and geography of Monaleen and the conditions in which the family lived (post famine) in Killonan. It continues with the story of the 7 week voyage on the ship across the Atlantic and then describes their settlement in the New World. It is a fascinating read – enjoy!


Easter Ceremonies:

  • Spy Wednesday, March 28th: Mass of Chrism in St. John’s Cathedral at 7.00pm. Celebrant: Bishop Leahy.
  • Holy Thursday, March 29th: Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00pm (Cantamus).
  • Good Friday, March 30th: Confessions from 11.00am to 12.00 Noon.
  • Good Friday, Passion of Our Lord at 3.00pm.
  • Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at 7.00pm (Cantamus).
  • Holy Saturday, March 31st: Vigil Mass at 9.00pm (Parish Choir).

Limerick Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018:

The annual Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from June 21st to 26th. This year is the 160th Anniversary of Our Lady appearing to St. Bernadette.

Fares: Pilgrims €719; Invalid €609; this is inclusive of travel insurance.

The Lourdes Office is located in the Social Service Centre, Henry Street. For full details see Poster at the back of the Church.