1. St. John’s Church Ballybunion
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Fr. Sean Hanafin


Geraldine O’Connor


Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TEL: 068 27102

SACRISTAN: Annemarie Breen.

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Peace be with you.

The sign of peace at Mass has changed from the ‘handshake’ to a wave or a nod towards each other. It comes from this Sunday’s Gospel when the Risen Jesus offers his Peace to his disciples. It’s more than a good morning, or I hope you have a good day. It’s a prayer that the bitterness of this world would be completely dissolved in the Love of God and that the peace of Christ may abide in our hearts always so that we may enter the joy and victory of the Risen Lord.

Love One Another 

The message or theme of The Gospel is the teaching of Jesus ‘love one another’.


Listen to the Voice of Jesus


First Holy Communion 

The Children will be making their 1st Communion during the month of May and June. This is a very significant event in the life of the children and for their families. It is also a significant happening for the community. The gathering for Mass and the taking of communion is the life blood of every Christian community. We hear the Risen Jesus today breading bread for his disciples and it is then they truly recognise him. Our prayer is that while the Children will be excited on their 1st communion day, that they will also recognise the Risen Jesus all through their lives.


The light of the Paschal.

Moya Festival.

On Monday of the May Bank Holiday weekend, as part of the Moya Festival here in Ballybunion, Fr Sean is will  speak on Spirituality of the Stained Glass Windows, at 2pm in the Church.  Please spread the word.

Human Dignity 

What is happening in Ukraine is a huge disdain for human dignity. Human beings are being dehumanised. We pray for those affected.

Life is Fragile 

Let your voice be heard 

Pope Francis is attempting to add a way of connecting with all baptised people. Please visit and under the heading Diocesan News, open ‘Worldwide Synodal update’ and offer your views and comments.

Allow Peace to Break out.

Blessed are the Poor.

”Lord I am not worthy”

God’s Word


The Baptism of Jesus 

 ‘This is my Son in whom I am well pleased’ 


God becoming human made all humans equal. 

Happy Christmas to everyone.

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Renovation cost €2.2 million. We ask locals and visitors  to contribute and also to encourage family and friends at home and abroad.



Ballybunion Parish statement 2020 Click Here

Purple is the colour dominating Churches during Advent. Vestments, Candles and Banners are all in Purple. 

The Advent Wreath


The Advent Wreath is set up in the Church to help us count off the weeks to Christmas, the coming of the Light (Jesus) into the world. The Pink Candle on the Advent Wreath symbolises the Joy of God as God’s people turn to God in trust.

Painting of Pope John Paul II

Carmel McCarron painted this image of Pope John Paul II in 1988.This beautiful painting now hangs in the Sacristy of Ballybunion Church as part of the Church’s heritage.

Red Banners and Confirmation. 

Red Banner

Red banners are hanging in Ballybunion Church since the end of September. Red is the colour for Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Remembrance Tree.

The Remembrance Tree

Praying for the dead is one of our strongest customs, especially during the month of November.


The Sacrament of Confirmation.



First Holy Communion 


The 1st Communion ceremonies are a significant moment in the lives of the children. It’s recognised as special by the school community, the children’s family and by the parish community.

The draw of the lit candle to prayer.

The lit candle can draw us to prayer. Christians in the early church prayed by the light of candles, this continued up to the invention of electricity. When we pray with lighted candles we bring all those Christians who have prayed before us. We recall their Christian witness, feel the comfort of their prayers, as they continue to intercede for us in the communion of saints.

Green Vestments and Banners

Gathering around the Altar table.

Year of St. Joseph.

Year of St. Joseph This year (December 8th 2020-December 8th 2021) is dedicated to St Joseph, husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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Church Restoration

The historic St. John’s Catholic Church (1897) in Ballybunion was beautifully restored at a cost of €2.2 million in 2014. Any donation to help us reduce our current debt of €592,524 would be most welcome.

Wall plaque near Our Ladies Altar













Church Stained Glass Windows:

The Holy Family


St. Stephen and St. Michael.
St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sr. Mary Alacoque
St. Giles





St. Brendan
St. Ita

The Rose Window



Fr. Sean Hanafin P.P.
 The Presbytery
 Church Rd.
 Ballybunion, Co Kerry
 Tel: 068 27102, Fax: 068 27153  e:mail:




St John’s Church, Ballybunion 10.00 am Mon, Wed and Friday


7.00 p.m. 11.30 a.m. As announced


VIGIL MASS :  Saturday Vigil Mass at  7 p.m.

Sunday Morning:  11.30 a.m. Mass