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Church of the Holy Cross, Ratheniska

Sunday Mass Time: 10:00 am
First Friday: 7:30 pm

Date of Church: 1800
Style: Cruciform

Building Pastor: Fr.James O’Neill P.P

Ratheniska (Rath an Uisce), Fort/Rath of the water. The Rath referred to the once occupied portion of a farmer’s field near the church.

St. Aonghus, born c.750, studied at the monastery of Clonenagh. He came to live the life of a hermit in Dysart, overlooking Ratheniska. He erected a cell there known as Diesart-Aonghusa. At Tallaght he wrote his famous work: the ‘Feilire Aonghusa’.

Lord Castletown gave the site for the church. The church is a small building typical of the period. It has been refurbished several times. A modern sanctuary was provided in the 1980’s.

The church was redecorated for the celebration of its Bicentenary in June 2000.

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