Cooleragh parishioners celebrate 50 years

Cooleragh's most senior resident Edward Ward and Fr. Daly.
Bishiop Nulty recently joined the priests and parishoners of Cooleragh in celebrating the 50 aniversary of the official opening of their church.

Bishiop Nulty recently joined the priests and parishoners of Cooleragh in celebrating the 50 aniversary of the official opening of their church.

Christ the King Church, and the parish of Cooleragh are reasonably young in church terms.

Before October 1963 locals from Coill Dubh, Cooleragh, Timahoe, Blackwood were members of the Clane and Staplestown parish, and attended Mass in Staplestown, Allenwood and in some cases, Prosperous.

While the church was built and opened in 1963, the parish of Cooleragh wasn’t created until 1972.

The Leinster Leader of Saturday, October 12, 1963 carried a report on the opening under the headline “Cooleragh’s Imposing new Church” and spoke about the “new church for the expanding population”.

Current and former priests of the parish Fr. Patrick Daly and Fr. Pat Ramsbottom attended the celbratory Mass, along with many original parishoners including Maureen Cusack whose late husband Robin donated the site and Mary Johnson whose late husband worked on the construction of the site.