Powerstown Church

The church was built during the pastorate of Rev. Felix Cleary who was Parish Priest of Powerstown Lisronagh from 1808 to 1815 and the following is the succession of Parish Priests to-date:

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1815 - 1852 Rev. Maurice Wall

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1852 - 1866 Rev. John Power (later Bishop)

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1881 - 1912 Rev. Thos. Hannigan

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1912 - 1917 Rev. Richard Casey

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1917 - 1935 Rev. Philip Cusack

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1936 - 1945 Rev. Thomas P. Coghlan

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1946 - 1952 Rev. Nicholas Power

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1952 - 1971 Rev. Henry Conway

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1971 - 1974 Rev. Thos. Tobin

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1974 - 1975 Rev. Canon Thos. Fitzgerald

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1975 - 1981 Rev. Thomas Hanrahan

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1981 - 1987 Rev. Paul Beecher

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1987 - 1997 Rev. Sean Nugent

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1997 - To Date Rev. Peter Ahearne

Powerstown Church

The remains of three priests are interred beneath the North Transcept . We know that Rev. Maurice Wall, mentioned above and Rev. Michael Maxcy, a native of the parish, are buried here. The name of the third priest is unknown but it is likely to have been Rev. Felix Cleary, who built the church in 1810. Details of the curates who ministered in the parish have been taken from the Parish Registers (commenced 1808) and from The Irish Catholic Directory (commenced 1836), and are accurate only in so far as these sources permit.

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1808 Fr. James Hally

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1808 - 1814 Fr. Timothy Flannely

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1808 - 1815 Dr. Wm. Howley

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1809 - 1812 Fr. Doohy

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1810 - 1813 Fr. P. Quirke

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1811 - 1814 Fr. J. Ryan

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1812 - 1814 Fr. Mackey

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1813 - 1815 Fr. N. Cantwell

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1813 - 1815 Fr. M. Purcell

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1816 Fr. J. Hickey

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1817 - 1818 Fr. John Meany

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1818 - 1821 Fr. D. Power

Powerstown Church

As the Parish Register was not signed between 1821 and 1839, with the exception of the initials J. K. in 1824, details are not available for this period.

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1831 - 1836 Fr. Edmund Meagher

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1838 - 1839 Fr. J. Gorman

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1840 - 1841 Fr. Pierce O'Donnell

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1840 - 1841 Fr. John Dee

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1840 - 1843 Fr. Ed. O'Donnell

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1840 - 1846 Fr. Richard Comerford

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1843 - 1845 Fr. Wm. Power

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1846 Fr. Peter O'Connor

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1846 - 1847 Fr. James Power

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1846 - 1854 Fr. Patrick O'Donnell

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1848 - 1849 Fr. M. Walsh

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1850 - 1856 Fr. Ed. Walsh

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1852 - 1866 Fr. John Power

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1856 - 1857 Fr. Wm. Power

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1857 - 1865 Fr. Patrick Power

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1865 - 1875 Fr. James Hannigan

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1875 - 1884 Fr. P. Byrne

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1884 - 1885 Fr. Patk. Lonergan

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1885 - 1890 Fr. Andrew Condon

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1890 - 1892 Fr. Wm. Kelly

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1892 - 1893 Fr. Thomas Comins

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1894 - 1895 Fr. Timothy Burke

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1896 - 1898 Fr. John Gleeson

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1899 - 1900 Fr. Wm. Ormond

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1901 - 1916 Fr. Patrick Burke

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1915 - 1916 Fr. P. F. McGrath

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1917 - 1927 Fr. Ml. Norris

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1917 - 1942 Fr. Ml. Ahearne

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1943 - 1946 Fr. Ml. Guiry

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1951 - 1953 Fr. Thos. G. Smyth

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1954 - 1970 Fr. Thos. Tobin (appointed P.P. 1971) Fr. Thos. Tobin was the last curate in this parish to-date.

A brief look at the history of the parish shows that the area served by Powerstown church is that of the old parish of Kilgrant with the exception of the areas of the Wilderness and Carrigeen, which were subsumed into the parish of SS. Peter & Paul in the 1970s and 1980s. (These areas are now served by The Church of the Resurrection). The Civil Survey of 1654 gives the boundary of Kilgrant roughly as follows: Starting at the River Anner, at Kilgowlroe, that river forms the eastern boundary to its fall into the River Suir: the Suir provides the southern boundary, to the point where it receives the Frenchman's Stream (Shrughnaleamy) at Silversprings: the boundary then goes North to Knockauncourt: then West to Bohereenduff and North again to Rathronan, and then East to the point on the Anner where we commenced. Kilgrant was one of the seven pre-Reformation parishes which make up to-day's parish of Powerstown Lisronagh, as shown on the sketch hereunder, but the other six parishes had amalgamated long before Kilgrant joined them. Such amalgamations came about because of the scarcity of priests in Penal times, the confiscation of church property and the poverty of the people.

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Rathronan (in two parts)

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Kiltegan (Seana Mhaighean)

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Lisronagh

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Baptistgrange (in two parts)

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Donoughmore

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Mora (Mooretownkirk or Castleblake)

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Kilgrant (or Powerstown)

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Our most precious link with the old Parish of Kilgrant is a chalice inscribed ''The gift of Edmund Theobald Mandeville Butler to the Parish of Kilgrant A.D 1807 which still forms part of our parish altar plate. In Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of 1837 the parish is listed as Kilgrant or Powers town and it is described as being 1 13/4 mile (E.N.E) from Clonmel on the high road from that place to Waterford, and the mail coach road from Cork to Dublin: containing 1186 inhabitants. A Report of the Commission of Public Instruction in Ireland (c. 1834) refers to the name of the parish as "Kilgrant alias Powerstown" and it states that one Mass was held here on Sundays and Holidays and the attendance was shown as 1,000 persons: of course in those days there would not have been pews - just standing room. However, the parish Baptismal and Marriage Registers, commenced in 1808, state the title of the parish as Powerstown & Lisronagh. The first church of Kilgrant (or Cill Chronnachtain - Cronnachtan's Church) of which the writer is aware was in the old Graveyard at Mylerstown - insignificant remains are still visible there. This church is referred to in the Civil Survey (1654), but it is recorded as being in ruin in 1746 (The Ancient and Present State of the County and City of Waterford by Charles Smith). It is most likely that in the intervening years, until 1810, the area was served by a thatched chapel or Mass House, and local tradition tells us this was so. Also, Canon Power, in his Parochial History of Waterford and Lismore, refers to the fact that a Father McGrath, who ministered in the parish, gave a testimonial in Irish to "a local thatcher who had expeditiously and satisfactorily completed a piece of professional work" for him. Such Mass Houses were very typical places of worship in South Tipperary at that time. Powerstown church was unveiled in 1993.