St. Eugene's Cathedral
Coming so soon after the major renovations to St. Michael's Urris, this extension and tasteful renovation to St. Mary's is to be doubly welcomed. First of all, it is a tribute to the generosity and the collaboration of the people that two such projects should have been undertaken within so short a time. Secondly, St. Mary's is not only special to the people of Clonmany itself, it is also one of the oldest churches in the diocese still in use. Built in 1795, extended in 1829 with the belfry added in 1843, this church building expressed a lot about the priests and people of Clonmany over the past two hundred years.
Coinciding, as today's celebration does, with the eve of the new Millennium I hope that St. Mary's will be God's house and 'teach an phobail' for the people of God in this parish for the new Millennium.
I am grateful to Father Jack Farrell PP and to Father McDermott CC, for their untiring ministry and leadership in their work of pastoral renewal. My thanks also is extended to all who have been associated in any way with the renovation of the actual building.
Seamus Hegarty Bishop of Derry
St.Mary's Church Refurbishment
Acknowledgement and Thanks - Priests of Clonmany
Clonmany (History of the Church)
"St.Patrick" Stained Glass Window
"Ave Maria" Stained Glass Window