St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington

St.-Michael’s-Church,--Portarlington-

Saturday Vigil: 6.15pm
Sunday: 9:00am, 12:15pm
Monday to Friday: 10.00am
Holy Days: 10.00am & 7.30pm

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St. Paul’s Church, Emo

St.-Paul’s-Church,-Emo

Saturday Vigil:- 7.30p.m.
Sunday:- 11.00a.m.
First Friday: 9.30am
Holy Days: 7.30pm

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St. John’s Church, Killenard

St.-John’s-Church,-Killenard

Sunday: 10:30am
First Fridays: 7.30pm

Holy Day: 10.30am

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Church of the Sacred Heart, Rath

Church-of-the-Sacred--Heart,--Ballybrittas

Sunday:- 9.00am
Eve of First Friday (Thursday):- 7.30pm
Holy Days: 9.00am

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St. Paul’s Church, Emo

Mass Times Emo: St. Paul’s Church, Emo, Co. Laois

Saturday Vigil:- 7.30pm
Sunday:- 11.00a.m.
First Friday: 9.30am

Holy Days: 7.30pm

Confessions: Before First Friday Mass

Date of Church: 1862

Architect: J.S. Butler

Style:  Gothic Revival

Building Pastor:  Fr. Terence O’Connell

Emo; Ioma, Contention, Conflict

Disputes about land are of common occurence in all counties where the population is moderately dense, and where the majority engages in agricultural pursuits.  The land itself often retains a name indicating the fued.  Coolbanagher Castle was a dependence of Dunamase.  In the 1500′s, the area came into the possession of Robert Hartpole, after the Irish clans had been expelled from the Queen’s County.  the site for St. Paul’s was donated by Lord Portarlington, and the church was built during the pastorate of Fr. Terence O’Connell P.P., mainly by the exertions of the resident curate, Fr. William Hooney.  On the death of Fr. O’Connell in 1875, the P.P. of the new parish of Emo was Fr. John Phelan.  the bell tower was added during his pastorate.  At the entrance of the church is a statue of St. Paul, patron saint of the church.  Stained glass windows of great beauty adorn the building.  The church was refurbished in 1963 by Fr. P.A. Maher P.P., when it was re-roofed and the inside walls studded.  The Earl of Portarlington erected a monument in the church to his wife Aline, Countess of Portarlington.  it is the work of the sculptor Boehm, reputed to be one of his finest works, and is a recumbent effigy in Carrara marble.  Countess Aline, who resided at Emo Park was a convert to Catholicism from 1867 and died in 1874.  Her grave is positioned near the Passionist Mission Cross.