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.

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.


Message from Fr. Garrett, 16th May 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I wish you every blessing in these very strange and challenging times. Please know that you are in my prayers each day. I offer Mass each morning in which I commend your intentions, cares, worries, hopes and joys to the Lord. I look forward to our being able to be together again in our beautiful parish church. I especially look forward to celebrating the Baptisms and First Holy Communions and Confirmations and Marriages we have had to defer, as soon as circumstances allow. I commend to the Lord’s boundless love and mercy the souls of our loved ones who have died in recent days and pray especially for the consolation of their families who have been unable to bid them farewell with the ritual we Irish do so well. We will remedy that with fitting memorials when we can.

I greet our students of both primary and secondary schools who this year will be making transitions and graduations in a most unusual, virtual way.

I extend greetings to the residents and staff of Roseville House Nursing Home and to the ladies and gentlemen to whom it is my pleasure to bring Holy Communion in their homes.

We have some good news arising from the easing of restrictions. It concerns the opening of our church for private prayer:

From Monday the church will be open from 10am until 6pm for you to visit to pray before Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. When you do, please sanitize your hands with the gel provided and clean the seat and hand rail you will be using. Disinfectant spray and blue paper will be provided for this purpose and please dispose of the used paper in the bin provided and of course, please maintain the two metre social distancing at all times.

Finally, I wish you health but above all, I wish you peace in your hearts, the peace that only the Lord can give.

With kindest and warmest regards and God’s blessings,

Fr Gerard Garrett


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